The new trailer suggests that director Shane Black has escalated the property in a way that the previous sequels did not manage.
Thursday Teaser Trailer for The Predator sees the titular alien species begin hunting, which first began in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, Predator . This latest feature, directed by Shane Black, who was himself a supporting actor in director John McTiernan's original film, is designed to give the concept a fresh look and escalate the franchise in a way that the previous episodes never quite managed. Using the continuity of previous films, The Predator is placed between the events of Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (201
The Predator contains a cast consisting of Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Jake Busey, and Niall Matter Edward James Olmos, who will give Black many voices to play, and the Predator to track many characters. Black will have the chance to break away from his established buddy formula and deliver a true ensemble piece that he has not tackled since The Monster Squad (1987). The Predator and an ensemble cast are not the only things Black brings back from 1987. He co-authored The Predator is Monster Squad co-writer and director Fred Dekker. Studio 20th Century Fox has charged the movie as a fresh take on property, and while our first look is brief, and much of the film is still kept under wraps, The Predator looks like a movie will fulfill this promise, because even the teaser dissolves from the expectations.
Not only does Black appear to leave behind certain aspects of earlier Predator films, he could also linger on some of his typical Blackisms. One of the constants in Black's films is that they revolve around Christmas, which has led many movie fans to re-design their list of holiday favorites. The Predator plays, at least in part, on Halloween. While Halloween for Black may be new territory, it certainly fits in with the most famous contributions to Dekker's filmography, Night of the Creeps (1986) and The Monster Squad  The teaser begins in the Amblins way with Jacob Tremblays Rory McKenna opening a box containing armor and weapons of a predator. It accidentally activates a target seek signal that calls the alien to Earth. This seems to be something we would expect from Steven Spielberg or Joe Dante, not from an R-rated science-fiction action movie, but that's Black we're talking about, and nothing is ever the same as it is on the surface appears. Normally, a child inciting an alien invasion would be the cause of groaning, but Black's filmography as a writer and director is littered with examples of children highlighting his films. There are The Last Boy Scout (1991), Iron Man 3 (2013) and The Nice Guys (2016), just to name a few. With talent like Tremblay, Rory is probably much more than an annoying tagalong.
The ship responding to the activated signal is quite different from the Predator ships in earlier films. This could be a simple design change that suggests a technological evolution, or the ship might point out that its inhabitants are a separate sect of alien hunters with a different agenda than what we have seen so far. In all three Predator movies and the non-canon Aliens Vs. Predator (2004) and AvP: Requiem (2007) we never see where the Predators are hailing from. The differences in technology within the franchise could be part of a larger mythology that could provide some clues to the nature of these aliens.
While we're still in the dark about the nature and origins of the Predators, it seems the US Government is prevailing. Commander of Special Forces Quinn McKenna (Holbrook) is interrogated after a mission has gone sideways and his men have been torn to pieces. This sounds very much like the movie's 1987 plot, and it's hard to wonder if the military has been watching similar situations after the Dutch (Schwarzenegger) survived the events of the first film. It seems likely that when Quinn survived an encounter with a Predator, he sent a box of alien equipment back home, causing his son Rory to mistakenly send the signal. If that's the case, then the Predators, or at least one, have already returned to Earth before the ship was signaled. This leads us to the question of why they keep coming back. The teaser suggests that it's more than just the thrill of the hunt.
Casey Bracket (Munn), a science teacher trapped in the military agenda, suggests that aliens attempt hybridization by presumably rising to the top predator in the galaxy on every planet they visit. This theory could explain the difference in technology from the previous films, as well as provide a variety of predators for the characters. This hybridization theory also continues Alien Vs. Predator where the result of the conflict resulted in the birth of a creature named Predalien. While the AvP films have been perceived as a disappointment by many, Bracket's theory may be the perfect way to revive this showdown.
And while we're talking about showdowns, the teaser just gives us a glimpse of the Predator one and decides instead on the movie's human characters. We get a clear view of the Predator, but it's enough to grab our attention after watching no screen presence for eight years. The face mask design is different from what we've seen in previous films, though each Predator had different armor designs before. The mask on this page, however, looks weirder than it did in previous iterations and may deliberately recall Darth Vader. It is still unclear whether this Predator will be the only one the film shows, but it would not be surprising if more would turn up to take part in the hunt.
While this teaser limits the flow of dialogue and bloodshed, it is part of Black's film that is just enough to spark interest in the property and to advise us in a way that only a few supporters of newly launched franchises can muster succeed.
The Predator opens on September 14th.