In a new interview with Shadow Nation, The Predator's Thomas Jane gives up a little backstory on what he and his co-stars are up to in Shane Black's highly-anticipated sequel. It all sounds very exciting.
Here's the quote (as relayed by our friends at AVPGalaxy):
"We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq war or whatever. But we’re all fucking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD…soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out…this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this…somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too.
And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like “fuck that man, let’s go kill these fucking Predators ourselves” and we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there. So that’s kinda cool!”
First of all, my memory of Black's script tells me the above is accurate (though the parts Jane notes as being "backstory" must be, as I don't recall anything involving the soldiers on that bus being involved in a group-therapy meltdown). Secondly, be aware that Black's The Predator screenplay is one of the most entertaining reads I've come across in recent years. If the above sounds good to you, go ahead and start getting hyped. The Predator is a Shane Black movie through and through...and all that that implies (oh, yes: you should prepare for Predator-related hot takes).
As of this writing, The Predator is due to hit theaters on...yeesh, August 13th, 2018? That's a long ways off. Oh, well - this one's probably gonna be worth the wait. Stay tuned for more on The Predator as it becomes available.