Principal photography began on director Shane Black’s The Predator all the way back in February of 2017, but we reported last April that the film was delayed six months from an original release date of February 9th to August 3rd, 2018. We now know part of the reason why the film is taking so long to hit cinemas: most of the third act of the movie was almost completely rewritten for reshoots.
Actor Keegan-Michael Key told Cinema Blend that reshoots for the film have finally wrapped last week, and that most of the ending was changed with the revisions. Here’s how he put it:
“We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten. And Shane Black is… he’s just a consummate professional, and a consummate writer. He’s a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he’s still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema.”
Extensive reshoots are an accepted practice in today’s world of big budget blockbusters, and while they’ve traditionally spelled trouble for some productions (see Suicide Squad or Justice League), they’ve also been known to save a motion picture or two (like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, for example). Keegan-Michael Key frames the changes as the work of a good writer improving the story of the film, so here’s hoping that the revisions will make The Predator a better movie than it would have been without the reshoots. We’ll know for sure this summer when the it finally hits the multiplex.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on The Predator as they break!