Schwarzenegger WON’T be back for 20th Century Fox’s follow up to the 1987 cult classic monster movie, PREDATOR. But then, who could possibly take the place of the ultimate action hero whose most quotable one-liners have made history as some of the best and most ridiculous dialogue ever to hit the silver screen?
According to Variety, Benicio Del Toro is in talks to star in the newest installment of the beloved alien action franchise, titled THE PREDATOR, which is currently slated for a 2018 release. Director Shane Black, best known for directing this year’s critical hit THE NICE GUYS, as well as IRON MAN 3, KISS KISS BANG BANG and the upcoming film DOC SAVAGE, returns to the PREDATOR series after previous involvement.
Shane Black in his role as “Rick Hawkins” in the original PREDATOR
With a screenplay co-written by Black and Fred Dekker (NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, THE MONSTER SQUAD, episodes of “Tales from the Crypt”), as well as the original producers John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon attached, THE PREDATOR sounds like it’s in good hands.
Benicio Del Toro seems to have jumped aboard the franchise train with roles in high profile projects like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, but can the seasoned actor handle this level of beefcake machismo rarely seen in modern day horror hybrids? After witnessing the grisly brutality of Del Toro’s “Alejandro” in the 2015 Oscar nominated crime thriller SICARIO, there is little doubt that he’s not (cue Bill Duke voice) “gonna have him some fun.” He certainly seems ripe for this role.
While plot details have been kept top secret, word on the street is THE PREDATOR will include an ensemble cast featuring Del Toro who’ll be ready for “a world of hurt”, but “ain’t got no time to bleed.” We can only hope that the script will be blessed with more of the instantly classic one-liners that we have come to expect from this quintessential series.
Let’s just hope Del Toro gets to da choppa!