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We’ve been getting “Predator” movies for more than three decades at this point, and Fox is hoping that Shane Black’s “The Predator” will give the franchise a much-needed nudge to keep it going for a while longer. So …

Does ‘The Predator’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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(Spoilers ahead for “The Predator”)

It’s been eight years since the infamous Predator has appeared on the big screen, but Fox and writer/director Shane Black have finally given us “The Predator” to wash out the taste of 2010’s “Predators.”

“The Predator” is often referred to as a reboot of the franchise, but in fact it is actually a sequel, actually referencing the first two “Predator” movies — “Predators” isn’t references, but that movie didn’t take place on Earth so these characters wouldn’t know anything about that whole thing.

In any case, this being a sequel, those heading to the theater this weekend to check out “The Predator” have plenty of reason to wonder if they need to keep their butts in their seats once the credits roll at the end of the movie for a post-credits scene. These bonus scenes have become a staple of franchises of all sorts, and not just Marvel movies.

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So what’s the answer? Does “The Predator” have a post-credits scene?

While “The Predator” certainly does end on a note that lays the groundwork for a sequel, with McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) and Brackett (Olivia Munn) taking possession of the “Predator-killer” suit of armor, that really is the end of it. So while we would always encourage movie watchers to stick around through the credits out of respect for the many, many people who worked hard to bring the film to life, if you need to get to the bathroom or just otherwise are in a rush, you can head out out of the theater knowing there are no extra scenes after the credits to stick around for.

“The Predator” is directed by Shane Black and written by Black and Fred Dekker, and stars Holbrook, Munn, Sterling K. Brown (who is delightful), Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera and Yvone Strahovski.

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‘The Predator’ Film Review: Shane Black Further Dumbs Down This Sci-Fi/Horror Franchise

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After more than 20 years and five motion pictures, moviegoers still know very little about the alien species called “Predators.” They’re big, they’re tough, they hunt humans for sport, and that was all most filmmakers needed to crank out butt-kicking sci-fi/horror movies.

But times have changed, audiences love mythology, and now we have “The Predator,” a film that reveals more than we ever knew about these iconic movie villains — and more or less ruins them forever.

“The Predator” stars Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”) as Quinn McKenna, a sniper whose latest mission is interrupted when an unidentified flying object crash-lands into his line of fire. A Predator emerges, kills Quinn’s whole troop, and Quinn escapes with a valuable piece of its technology, which he mails to himself for insurance, just in case the government tries to cover it up. (He also swallows another piece of it, for no other reason than he’ll need to poop that out later for plot purposes.)

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Sure enough, a cover-up commences. Dr. Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) gets called in to analyze the captured, living Predator. Quinn gets institutionalized for seeing aliens. And his mysterious package of alien mystery accidentally winds up in the hands of his young son, Rory (Jacob Tremblay, “Room”), who immediately opens it up and begins unlocking its dangerous contents.

Before too long, the Predator escapes, Quinn goes on the run with Casey and a therapy group filled with soldiers suffering from comic-relief mental illnesses, and they’re all looking for Rory and the missing alien technology. Along they way, they learn more about Predators and almost nothing about themselves.

There is a lot to unpack in “The Predator,” but we have to start somewhere, so let’s start with the movie’s tone. John McTiernan’s original “Predator” was a funny film, but the humor served a purpose. It was about wise-cracking tough guy mercenaries who bragged about their sexual prowess and their capacity for violence. So when a vagina-faced alien showed up and slaughtered them one-by-one, and all that bravado faded away, it had a dramatic impact. “Predator” subverted all the macho expectations of the 1980s.

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“The Predator” is also a funny film, but its humor is in service of itself. The quips never stop flying, even at the film’s most serious moments, telling fans of the franchise that director Shane Black (who co-wrote with Fred Dekker) isn’t taking this film seriously. And as we learn over the course of the film why the Predators keep coming back to Earth, why they take trophies, and why one of the Predators has turned rogue, we also see that Black doesn’t take the stories and themes that the previous “Predator” movies explored seriously either. The film’s final scene would be laughable in fan fiction, but now it’s actual canon.

It’s possible that some audiences take the “Predator” movies less seriously than others, and those audiences might find something to enjoy about this new installment. There are lots of jokes, even though they’re only sporadically funny. There are lots of action sequences, even though they’re edited haphazardly and sometimes hard to follow. There are lots of monsters, even though the more we learn about them, the harder it is to care.

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But there is also a strange attitude in “The Predator,” one that thinks mental illness is serious enough to be the basis for a movie, but not serious enough to take seriously. Quinn’s therapy group consists of hard-working actors like Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Keanu”), Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”) and Thomas Jane (“1922”), but despite all their talent, and despite appearing in a franchise based on exploring the fragility of the male ego, they’re reduced to comic relief quip machines.

Their suicidal thoughts, their PTSD, even their Tourette syndrome are exploited for superficial humor, until the film finally suggests that they can overcome all their mental-health issues by simply soldiering up and killing some monsters. (Which, again, betrays the original point of the series.)

Meanwhile, young Rory has Asperger’s syndrome, which Black and Dekker treat like a superpower. Rory manages to decode alien languages on the fly and crack extraterrestrial technology by feel. So when “The Predator” isn’t dismissing real-life, complicated psychological conditions as stupid jokes, it’s dismissing real-life, complicated psychological conditions as convenient plot points. And it’s basing the entire movie on those characters, so it’s hard to ignore just how troubling its attitude really is.

And the film’s attitude towards women is troubling as well, and not just in light of the recent controversy. Olivia Munn’s character is mistreated left and right. She’s drugged and wakes up surrounded by strange men, in a scene that’s played for laughs and is the opposite of funny. The movie insists that she needs to lighten up and accept their immaturity, and that’s not funny either. And poor Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), who plays Rory’s mother, gets only one big moment, and it’s when she gives a passionate speech about how the ex-husband she doesn’t like is the true hero the world needs.

Fans of the “Predator” movies were largely disappointed by the first “Alien vs. Predator” movie, which reduced an exhilarating, intelligent monster movie franchise into jokey matinee nonsense, aimed at Saturday morning audiences. Shane Black’s “The Predator” does more of the same. It’s violent and foul-mouthed enough to earn an R-rating, but there’s a big difference between “for mature audiences” and actually being “mature.” This is an insipid, superficial movie in a franchise that mostly avoided those unflattering distinctions in the past.



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‘The Predator’: Most of Third Act Was Rewritten, Says Keegan-Michael Key

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Keegan-Michael Key says reshoots on Shane Black’s “The Predator” reboot changed most of the movie’s third act.

“We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten,” Key told CinemaBlend. “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.”

Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski and Boyd Holbrook star in the remake. Holbrook stars in the film as an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of the titular alien species and is forced to lead the fight against them. Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the marine’s son, an autistic boy who is bullied in school but becomes vital to his father’s mission as his ability to quickly learn languages proves to be a valuable tool.

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“The Predator” will be the first installment in the “Predator” series since 2007’s “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.” Black co-wrote the screenplay with Fred Dekker (“Monster Squad”).

The original “Predator” movie came out in 1987 and famously starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America — before being hunted down an advance alien life form.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Won’t Make ‘Predator’ Reboot Unless ‘They Rewrite It’

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he won’t return to the “Predator” franchise in Shane Black’s upcoming reboot unless changes are made.

“They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered,” he told Yahoo Movies.

The actor added: “Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.”

TheWrap can confirm that Dutch Schaefer, Schwarzenegger’s character from the John McTiernan-directed 1987 original, appears at the very end of Black and Fred Dekker’s latest screenplay draft for the reboot. Schaefer gets a very short cameo in the scene, saying just two lines that set up a sequel. The fact that Schwarzenegger is irked over his screen-time makes sense when taking that into consideration.

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“The Predator” is slated by 20th Century Fox for a 2018 release and will be the first installment in the “Predator” series since 2007’s “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.” Black last directed Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the crime comedy “The Nice Guys.”

In the original “Predator,” Schwarzenegger played the leader of an elite special forces team on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America — before being hunted down by an advance alien life form.

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Keegan-Michael Key In Negotiations to Join ‘The Predator’ Reboot

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Keegan-Michael Key is in final negotiations to join Twentieth Century Fox’s reboot of the sci-fi action franchise “The Predator,” TheWrap has confirmed.

Shane Black is directing the film. He also wrote the script with Fred Dekker.

Boyd Holbrook toplines the ensemble cast that includes Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”) and Olivia Munn. Holbrook and Rhodes play ex-Marines while Munn plays a scientist. Key will play an individual who teams up with Boyd Holbrook and Trevante Rhodes to fight the Predator.

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The setting for “The Predator” takes place in a suburban environment, with production being eyed to begin in late February.

Key is best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele,” the sketch show he created with Jordan Peele. Key reprised one of the show’s favorite recurring characters, Luther, Obama’s anger translator, Thursday on “The Daily Show.”

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Key’s recent film appearances includes 2015’s “Tomorrowland” and “Vacation” while also headlining 2016’s comedy “Keanu.” Key was last seen in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”

Key is repped by UTA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Key’s involvement with the film.

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Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Adds ‘Batman v Superman’ Cinematographer Larry Fong

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Larry Fong, the cinematographer on this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will shoot Shane Black’s “The Predator,” for 20th Century Fox, TheWrap has learned.

Fong is best known as the director of photography for Zack Snyder’s films such as “300,” “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch.” He next has “Kong: Skull Island” for Warner Bros. and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Black’s reboot of “The Predator,” now in preproduction, is scheduled to begin shooting in February with stars Boyd Holbrook (“Narcos”) and Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”).

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Shane Black, who had a small role in the original 1987 film, is directing the movie, for which plot details haven’t been released yet. Fred Dekker wrote the script. Producing are John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original film.

The original “Predator” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a special forces team tasked with rescuing hostages from guerilla-controlled territory in Central America, where they encounter the title character, an advanced and aggressive form of extraterrestrial life. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura played fellow commandos, and Kevin Peter Hall played the Predator.

“The Predator” is set to hit theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.

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Fong is repped by Worldwide Production Agency.

Slashfilm first reported Fong’s involvement with “The Predator.”

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Boyd Holbrook in Talks to Star in ‘Predator’ Reboot

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“Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook is in talks to star in Fox’s reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action flick “Predator,” TheWrap has learned.

Benicio Del Toro was reportedly circling the role, but his participation in the film was never confirmed. And as it turns out, it’s not going to happen after all, as Fox has decided to go with Holbrook, who will play antagonist Donald Pierce in the upcoming Fox X-Men movie, “Logan.”

Shane Black, who had a small role in the 1987 film, is directing the movie, which hasn’t released plot details yet. Fred Dekker wrote the script. Producing are John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original film. “The Predator” is set to hit theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.

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The original “Predator” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a special forces team tasked with rescuing hostages from guerilla-controlled territory in Central America, where they encounter the title character, an advanced and aggressive form of extraterrestrial life. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura played fellow commandos, and Kevin Peter Hall played the Predator.

In addition to “Narcos,” Holbrook has acted in”The Skeleton Twins,” “Very Good Girls,” “Gone Girl,” “Hatfields & McCoys” and “The Free World. He is represented by CAA and Morris Yorn.

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