By and large, reboots of scifi movie franchises that began in the 80s, have not had a great track record.
So far, we have had still-births for Robocop, Terminator and Alien – don’t even get me started on Ghostbusters – but that’s not going to stop 20th Century Fox from trying their luck with the new The Predator movie that opens this month.
Judging from the synopsis and the trailers so far, it does appear that director Shane (Iron Man 3) Black – who was actually in the original Predator movie – is taking cues from the original, with the obligatory Marvel humour tacked on, cuz audiences seemingly respond to that in 2018.
When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
However, Black has indicated that the film will not be a complete reboot as it will acknowledge the events of Predator and Predator 2. Makes sense cuz the others – the two Alien vs Predators and the forgettable Predators – were pretty bad.
The trailers certainly evoke memories of the original. Y’know, the motley crew of military types being systemically wiped out by the creatures but – if the synopsis is to be believed – with the fate of the world dependent on the outcome of this encounter, this time.
Worth giving this a shot and fingers crossed it’s not struck by the curse of the 80s scifi movie reboot.
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