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  • The film was directed and co-written by Shane Black, as a sequel to Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and Predators (2010). Shane Black played Hawkins in the original film.
  • The film was originally conceived as a reboot of "Predator" until Shane Black came aboard and confirmed he would be making a sequel instead, as he wanted to continue to explore the "Predator" mythology.
  • Shane Black was cast in the original film, with the intention that he would re-write the script during production. However, he chose not to do so and the script was not rewritten.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the opportunity to return as Dutch.
  • This film marked the sixth time the Predator appeared in a theatrical release, after Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and Predators (2010).
  • After the success of Iron Man 3 (2013), Shane Black was approached by 20th Century Fox with an Iron Man 3 (2013)-sized budget to direct a new "Predator" movie, and he could not resist.
  • Benicio Del Toro was originally supposed to star in the lead role but was replaced by Boyd Holbrook due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Shane Black had gone on record stating he wanted this movie to be true to the spirit of the original, and for it to be R-rated, saying, "It's an odd thing. Whether Deadpool (2016) helped is an open question, but I suspect it did. I made a condition of my participation with 'Predator,' that it be the same rating as the first movie, and the first movie was rated R. In other words, I don't want to cut away every time the Predator does something violent. I was watching the American version of The Grudge (2004), which was PG-13, and I remember being so frustrated by the fact that everything that was scary in the Japanese version, they had to cut away from in the PG-13 American version."
  • The poster of this film had the slogan, "You'll never see him coming." This was a quote similar to one said by the character The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 (2013), "And you'll never see me coming." Both The Predator (2018) and Iron Man 3 (2013) were written and directed by Shane Black.
  • The slogan in the teaser poster, "You'll never see him coming," was an obvious reference to the Predator's cloak, but also a nod to Iron Man 3 (2013), which was written and directed by Shane Black, in which the character of The Mandarin notably uses the line, "You'll never see me coming..."
  • Boyd Holbrook and Trevante Rhodes were both cut from the film Song to Song (2017).
  • James Franco was offered Holbrook's role.
  • Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn, and Boyd Holbrook all starred in a non-MCU Marvel movie. Jane was in The Punisher (2004), Munn was in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Holbrook was in Logan (2017).
  • Jake Busey's father, Gary Busey was in Predator 2 (1990) where he will be portraying the son of Peter Keyes.
  • 50 Cent was offered Rhode's role.
  • UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor was offered the lead role, but turned it down, because of schedule and budget conflicts.
  • Adrien Brody expressed interest in reprising his role from Predators (2010).
  • This was the fourth film/sequel in the series following: Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010).
  • Shane Black and Fred Dekker previously worked together on writing cult horror film The Monster Squad (1987), and one more unproduced script titled Shadow Company. Black wrote the first version of this script in 1984, and it was also the first script he ever wrote. Although it was never made into a film, people loved the way Black wrote action, dialogue, and characters in the script, which is why he got more writing job offers, and this was what helped him to write his first draft of Lethal Weapon (1987). Shadow Company script was written to be an action zombie horror movie, about a group of dead U.S. Special Forces soldiers, who died during the Vietnam War, and years later after their bodies are brought back, the soldiers, who were members of some secret army experiments, return to life as rotting, unstoppable zombies, who raid the armory from the Army base near the town where they were buried, and then proceed to attack the town during Christmas night, killing everybody in it, and wiping it off the map. Around 1988 or 1989, after the final draft of the Shadow Company script was finished by Black and Dekker, it was gonna be turned into action horror film produced by Universal studio and directed by John Carpenter, with Kurt Russell in the main role as former member of the Shadow Company who comes to town to stop them, and with Black and Walter Hill as producers (Hill also did some uncredited co-writing on the script). However, due to some problems in pre-production, the movie was never made. The original script by Black and Dekker did, however, gain a cult following from theirs and Carpenter's fans. Interestingly enough, some of the names of characters from The Predator (2018) are taken from names of characters from Shadow Company script, and in Black's first version of the script from 1984 the story took place during Halloween, just like big part of this film.
  • Shane Black confirmed via Twitter that the film will be rated R. He tweeted that "And, just to be clear... PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed... a lot." Black also tweeted "I am standing on set next to a 7-foot tall gentleman in a Predator suit - so no, it is not all CGI." This tweet confirmed that this movie will stay true to the original by having the Predator be played by a guy in a suit instead of CGI.
  • Although no mention is made in the movie, the character Keyes played by Jake Busey is the son of Peter Keyes, the government official from Predator 2 (1990) who died during the hunt for the Predator. Peter Keyes was played by Gary Busey, who is Jake's father in real life as well.
  • Both Yvonne Strahovski and Edward James Olmos starred in Dexter (2006).
  • Edward James Olmos' scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • The shortest Predator film, at 101 mins (1hr 41mins).
  • The high school is named after the Predator producer Lawrence Gordon.
  • Boyd Holbrook pitched his script for The Thirst to John Davis while filming.
  • Shane Black wrote Thomas Jane's character Baxley with Tourette's symptoms because Black has Tourette's.
  • Shane Black revealed that the rough cut was so dark, it was nicknamed the Night Cut and led to reshooting the third act.
  • Françoise Yip, who portrays the Tracking Supervisor in this film previously played Ms. Yutani in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
  • The Predator's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2018.
  • The Predator (2018) continues the tradition of each film in the Predator series (Predator (1987), Predators (2010)) for having a runtime of 1 hour 47 mins long. Only Predator 2 (1990) broke this tradition (slightly) by being 1 hour 48 mins in length.
  • Actor Steve Wilder (also known as Steve Wilder Striegel) was originally cast as a minor character in this movie, but 20th Century Fox removed his scenes a few days before picture lock, when actress Olivia Munn informed the studio that he was arrested, charged, and registered as a sex offender in 2010 after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship via the internet. Director Shane Black (who had already cast Striegel in small roles in Iron Man 3 (2013) and The Nice Guys (2016)) initially defended the casting as giving an old friend a second chance, but later apologized and took full responsibility for causing such controversy.
  • The hip hop song in the final trailer for the movie is "One Shot, One Kill" by Jon Connor feat. Snoop Dogg. The song was released on Dr. Dre's 2015 album "Compton" (a.k.a. "Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre"). The album was inspired by the movie Straight Outta Compton (2015) about the history of Dre's band NWA, and serves as its unofficial soundtrack. The final line of the song is "You are not in the presence of nice guys." The Predator (2018) was directed by Shane Black, whose previous movie is called The Nice Guys (2016).
  • Woodruff Road is mentioned during a scene. Tom Woodruff Jr has worked on multiple Predator movies and the Alien series as a SFX expert.
  • John Hopkins University in this movie is a tribute to the directors of the the first two films of the franchise, John McTiernan and Stephen Hopkins. J.H.U. is a real university in Baltimore, MD that has a highly renowned medical school.
  • When Casey Bracket (Munn) first enters the lab and is examining the recovered Predator items, one of the shelves in the background contains the Xenomorph Tail Spear from AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
  • Directed and written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, the movie has attracted some derision especially in the UK for being "a Black & Dekker film" - which sounds like Black & Decker, the manufacturer of DIY power tools and accessories.
  • When first seeing the Predator strapped to a table, Olivia Munn's character calls the creature "a beautiful motherfucker." This is a nod to the original Predator (1987) where Arnold Schwarzenegger calls the creature "one ugly motherfucker." This term has been used as a running gag throughout the sequels.
  • The school, football field, and barn are the same ones used on the TV show Smallville.
  • Jacob Tremblay got to keep the prop box-cutter that his character is seen using in the film.
  • The line that discusses the validity of the name 'The Predator' when referring to the creature was taken from a conversation that Olivia Munn had with her sister who studied science prior to filming.
  • The name "John Hopkins" that is seen in one of the intertitles is clearly a reference to John McTiernan who directed Predator (1987) and Stephen Hopkins who directed Predator 2 (1990).
  • Olivia Munn is the first lead actress in the Predator series who is not of Latin American descent. Predator (1987) featured Elpidia Carrillo, Predator 2 (1990) included Maria Conchita Alonso, and Predators (2010) included Alice Braga. Munn is of Asian-American descent.
  • This is the first Predator film in the series not to feature the Predators' "bomb" or self-destruct device.
  • The note left for Jacob Tremblay's character contains the phrase "I will cut you." This is a phrase also said by Bill Duke's character, Mac, in the original Predator.
  • Boyd Halbrook's character drops a homage piece of dialogue in the essence of "touch me again, and I'll kill you." This exact statement is said by Bruce Willis' character Joe Hallenbeck in a key scene from the film The Last Boy Scout. The Predator and The Last Boy Scout were both written by Shane Black.
  • Garry Chalk, who plays a postal worker in the film, is known as the voice of Transformer's Optimus Primal and occasionally Optimus Prime. Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, provided the Predator's voice in the original Predator (1987).
  • The tree that falls near Quinn during the final battle was rendered entirely using CGI.
  • DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Shane Black): [Disarming a gunman]: Quinn McKenna takes a gun out of Casey's hand while she holds him at gunpoint. Black's screenplays often feature such scenes, e.g. The Last Boy Scout (1991), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
  • Atypical for a movie written by Shane Black, the film does not take place during Christmas but during Halloween.
  • Despite being promoted as a hard-R movie, 20th Century Fox released a 'sanitized' cut in some countries, in which some of the profanities were dubbed into inoffensive language, a middle finger was blurred out, but all the violence is still intact.
  • When Dr. Bracket is escorted into the base for the first time, and the group starts to descend, the guard at the controls says, "Is it your imagination or is this room actually stretching?" This is a line from the Haunted Mansion attraction at several Disney parks.
  • Jacob Tremblay's first R-Rated film and the first film where he says the f word
  • This is the second time that Jacob Tremblay (Rory McKenna) and Thomas Jane (Baxley) have worked together. They previously starred in Before I Wake (2016).
  • -It is the fourth installment in the Predator film series (the sixth counting the two Alien vs. Predator films), following Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and Predators (2010). Black had a supporting role in the original film, while John Davis returns as producer from the first three installments.
  • Filming took place in British Columbia from February to June 2017, with the entire climax being reshot in July 2018 following poor test screenings.
  • The Predator premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2018.
  • Both Mahershala Ali and Trevante Rhodes from Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016) feature in the Predator film franchise. Ali appears in Predators (2010), while Rhodes features here in The Predator (2018).
  • According to reports from those involved in the film, leaked script and behind the scenes productions stills, Shane Black's original cut of the film had almost completely different third act which took place during day instead of night and it included the Loonies and the army joining up with newly arrived good Predators and then fighting with them against Upgrade and other Predator hybrids which he brought with him in his space ship, and originally the reason why Fugitive Predator was running from Upgrade is because he was trying to prevent him from stealing those hybrids back. The early leaked behind the scenes stills showing Loonies and Predators dressed in army camouflage gear and driving an armored personnel carrier were from the original ending, which also included Rory helping the Loonies and others by flying Upgrade's spaceship, different deaths scenes, one of which was shown in another still picture where Coyle's mutilated body is covered with body parts from one of dead Predator hybrids, and the ending didn't included the sequel bait last scene like the final theatrical version of the film. However, following poor test screenings of original cut, the studio demanded big re-shoots and changes to be made on the film and specially the entire third act. One of the demands they had for the new third act was to add more action because they thought the original was too talky. This explains many plot holes, continuity mistakes and bad editing problems the movie suffers from. Edward James Olmos had all of his scenes cut out due to this, since his character, an army general who had a big role in the original third act and throughout the rest of the original cut, no longer fit the new re-shot version of the film, and according to Olmos, his character was also cut out due to pacing issues and because movie was too long. All of the trailers for the film and behind the scenes videos show many different deleted, extended and alternate scenes from the original cut and the original ending, like McKenna running across the streets while holding a gun, an explosion in army base when it gets attacked by Predator hybrids, Nebraska and McKenna riding on an APC, Nebraska shooting from a 50 caliber machine gun while he's on the APC, some other vehicle exploding and rolling over during the same scene, McKenna screaming "Come on", McKenna and Rory sitting together and McKenna looking at the sky and telling "Come and get us motherfuckers", which was originally part of the dialogue scene between him and Casey after they defeat Upgrade and realize that other Predators will arrive on Earth.
  • It was recently revealed that 2 alternate endings of the predator killer were supposed to be of Ellen Ripley and Newt from Aliens. Although the original actors wern't present, 1 of the production designers posted on instagram pictures of people in the pod, one name displaying Ripley on a readout, the other Jordan (Rebecca Newt Jordan)
  • The lab in which the predator is held contains display cases containing artifacts from previous predator films. Two Predator masks from Predator 2 and Alien Vs. Predator, the retractable spear from Predator 2, the shoulder blaster from Alien Vs. Predator, and the custom-made spear with a Xenomorph tail from Alien Vs. Predator.
  • A warning sign in the mobile home, a kind that usually indicates that the vehicle is carrying propane tanks, reads "Due to price increase in ammo, do not expect a warning shot."
  • When Casey Brackett enters the elevator, the man jokes, "is this haunted room actually stretching, or is it your imagination?". This is from the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland in California.
  • The videogame being played by Quinn's son, Rory, is a survival strategy game called 'Don't Starve'. It can be seen on his computer monitor in the basement.
  • When they first met, Casey and Traeger discuss about the validity of the creature's nickname. Casey think "hunter" would be more appropriate, for Traeger "predator" is more classy. Hunter was the title of the first Predator movie during pre-production.
  • The middle school that Rory attends is called "Lawrence A. Gordon Middle School." Lawrence Gordon was the producer of the original movie, "Predator."
  • The English subtitles on the Blu-ray and DVD use British spellings rather than American: "centre" for "center"; "metre" for "meter"; "colours" for "colors",
  • When the Predator grabs its mask from the display case, the original Predator mask from the 1987 movie is briefly seen right next to it.
  • Body count: 58
  • When the two boys are about to set off the fire alarm in the school one of them hesitates and the other says 'Do It'. This is a line spoken by Dutch to the Predator in the original film.
  • When the squad are trying to escape from the base they look at a number of parked motorbikes and McKenna says 'Get to the Choppers'. This is a reworking of the line 'Get to the Chopper' from the original film.

Spoilers

  • The Predator shown in the teaser poster is actually the Crucified Predator from Predators (2010), identifiable by the damage to its Bio-Mask.
  • The original ending of the script features a cameo appearance by Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). After defeating the Super Predator, Quinn, Casey, and Rory are resting when a helicopter lands and Dutch, described with a "face haunted; etched by pain," steps out and tells the three of them he has to come with them. Schwarzenegger read the script and turned the offer down.
  • After the Loonies are escaping from the bus, they see some motorcycles parked nearby. Williams yells "get to the choppers!," a throwback to a line from Predator (1987) made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Dutch.
  • They are storing in the Stargazer building the spear that the predator made for Alexa Woods' character in the first Alien vs Predator film.
  • In the Halloween scene when Rory first wears the bio-mask the original predator suit that Jean-Claude Van-Damme wore for the 1st Predator film is seen. That suit was eventually abandoned when John McTiernan and Stan Winston decided to redesign the creature.
  • This marks the first time a Predator is killed by a human firearm.
  • This is the first Predator film in which a human is bitten by a Predator.
  • The ending scene features a pod left behind for the humans by the predator. When it is opened, an artifact filled with a black goo slowly rises and it sends a message to Rory's computer and the little boy translates it and says it's called "The Predator Killer". The artifact then attaches itself to one of the cybernetics scientists and it completely envelops him and it is revealed to be a special armored nanotech suit to slay predators. Dr. Yamada then asks, "What the hell is that?" and Quinn says, "That's my new suit, bubba. Hope it comes in a 42 long", fade to black and the credits roll. Enter: The Predator Killer.
  • Late in the movie Quinn McKenna is asked by Traeger to surrender as the Project Stargazer group had 7 men and the Loonies only had 6. A sniper took out one of the Stargazers to even the numbers and McKenna asks Traeger, "Who taught you math?" That same line is asked by Perry (Val Kilmer) to Harry (Robert Downey Jr.) in 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, also written by Shane Black.
  • The ending scene features a pod left behind for the humans by The Fugitive predator. When it is opened, an artifact filled with a black goo slowly rises and it sends a message in alien writing to Rory's computer. The little boy translates it and says it's called "The Predator Killer". The artifact then attaches itself to one of the cybernetics scientists and it completely envelops him and it is revealed to be a special armored nanotech suit to slay predators. Dr. Yamada then asks, "What the hell is that?" and Quinn says, "That's my new suit, bubba. Hope it comes in a 42 long." Fade to black and the end credits roll. Enter: The Predator Killer.
  • When the Super Predator announces the beginning of the hunt near the end of the film, the countdown seen on the computer screen looks and sounds exactly like the countdown of a Predator's wrist computer when it goes into self-destruct mode, as seen in Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and Alien vs. Predator (2004).
  • Near the end of the film, Alfie Allen's character Lynch has his arm severed prior to being killed off. This might be a call back to Carl Weathers' character Dillon suffering the same fate in the original Predator (1987), and the the City Hunter being disarmed himself by Danny Glover's character Harrigan in Predator 2 (1990).
  • This movie marks the first time in the series (including the Alien vs Predator spin-offs) that a Predator is killed by firearms, as McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) finishes the giant Predator off with headshots. Previous Predators were often wounded by bullets, but finally killed by being blown up, gutted, or decapitated.
  • The ending scene features a pod left behind for the humans by the Fugitive predator. When it opens, an artifact filled with a black goo slowly rises and it sends a message in the typical predator/alien writing to Rory's computer. The little boy translates it and says the artifact is called "The Predator Killer". The artifact then attaches itself to one of the cybernetics scientists and it completely envelops him and it is revealed to be a special armored nanotech suit to slay predators. Enter: The Predator Killer.
  • This is only the second film in the series where a Predator kills a woman, when he stabs a female scientist in the heart with his claws and uses her body as a shield against bullets during his escape from the lab. The first time was in Aliens vs. Predator Requiem (2007), when Wolf's shuriken pins Jessie to the wall, bisecting her at the waist (though it was accidental).
  • The ending scene features a pod left behind by the Fugitive predator for the humans. When it opens, an artifact filled with a black goo slowly rises and it sends a message in the typical predator/alien writing to Rory's computer. The little boy translates it and says the artifact is called "The Predator Killer". The artifact then attaches itself to one of the cybernetics scientists, completely enveloping him and it is then revealed to be a special armored nanotech suit to slay predators. Enter: The Predator Killer.
  • When Rory McKenna inadvertently blows up the owner of the house he was trick-or-treating at, a quick glance at the house shows a marijuana flag mounted, and the owner is portrayed as a 'stereotypical' pot head. The house's number is 420, which is common code for marijuana use.
  • At the very end of the film, just as the "pod" begins to activate. Roru, (Quinns's son) says, "I'm getting a message...it's the "Predator Killer". It connects with the nearest person (a scientist), and a suit forms, encasing his entire body. It appears to be a "Predator", but has additional features: specifically It has large, over the shoulder guns which are identical to the suits in "Edge of Tomorrow".
  • Around 81 minutes (1:21), Traeger is loading a pack with "Predator weapons". When he is surprised by the "space dog", he pulls his pistol out, but Stacy stops him. She grabs one of the weapons, and throws it to Baxley, who then tosses it into the back of a truck. This was all done to get the "space dog" to chase it (which it does). Traeger says "That was a valuable weapon." The weapon looks exactly like a cold air intake from a 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, an after market auto part.
  • just past 74 minutes (1:14:20), Rory unlocks the door of the spaceship for Traeger and his men. When they walk in, they stop at the door of a storage room with a window. Looking closely, there appears to be a pair of eyes and a body inside it.
  • In the last scene, a pod was left behind by the Fugitive predator for the humans. When it opens, an artifact filled with a black goo slowly rises and it sends a message in the typical predator/alien writing to Rory's computer. The boy translates it and says the artifact is called "The Predator Killer". It then attaches itself to one of the cybernetics scientists, completely enveloping him and it is then revealed to be a special armored nanotech suit to slay predators. Enter: The Predator Killer.
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