Fans of The Predator are going to have to wait a little longer to get to da choppa! Fox’s film, which is directed by Shane Black, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 9th, 2018. The Wrap reports that the release date has now been pushed back to August 3rd, 2018. No reason was given for this delay.
The Predator began principal photography on February 20th, 2017. Since then, major talent like Yvonne Strahovski and Edward James Olmos have been added to the cast. Those announcements rolled in up until March 27th… a full month after cameras started rolling. Usually the core cast of a film is secured before principal photography begins. Now, two months into production, the release date has been pushed back by five full months. No one has come out and said that the production on the film has been troubled, but all of these developments are starting to add up.
While an extra five months to work on the film certainly allows for more time to improve the picture, this shift in its launch date drops The Predator into a summer release schedule full of stiff competition. Its original February date would have seen the film launching beside Peter Rabbit, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and Fifty Shades Freed. None of these movies would appeal to The Predator‘s target audience. On the other hand, August 3rd will see the premieres of Holmes & Watson and an untitled Disney live action film (and we all know how these have been performing at the box office lately).
With that said, Fox could be looking at the film’s long term performance, as the two weeks following a potential February release bring Black Panther and Pacific Rim: Uprising to the marketplace, respectively. And those franchises definitely would have pulled from The Predator‘s target audience. Because studios tend to launch their massive summer blockbusters between the months of May and July, The Predator has no major competition in its second, third, and fourth weeks at the cinemas except for a Scarface remake starring Diego Luna. Only time will tell how this box office calculation ultimately plays out.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more developments on The Predator as it breaks!