Hollywood director Shane Black may be on the way with a feature-length Predator sequel, but that isn’t stopping a small group over in the U.K. from pushing forward with an independent take of their own with the new shortfilm project, Predator: Dark Ages. The official Facebook page for the project has since long been launched to help gather as much of a readership as possible, with concept art and posters, and a teaser unveiled not too long ago.
That teaser is now accompanied by the brand new crowdfunding video which you can now view at the official Kickstarter page which just launched today.
Our Predator fan film is set in the Dark Ages, it is a period in history where mankind was plagued by disease and famine, as well as having to live and die by the sword.
Our film follows a group of war-torn Templar knights who have returned from the Eastern lands, back to England, only to find that the enemy is now a lot closer and a lot more deadly than before.
Throughout time the Predator has always looked for the greatest warriors to fight in battle, and with this short film we will see him put to the test against the some of the best history has ever seen, the Templar Knights.
Their battle with the Predator is the thing Myths and Legends are made of.
The Predator stories have always been told in a variety of ways dating back to the John McTiernan-directed classic, even so far the two crossover films that mingled the supernatural hunter with the Alien universe within the last decade. So to see a director use the title character as the driving force for a period short featuring templar knights is not at all odd, but quite the opposite. And with the goal of keeping true to the source material, Predator: Dark Ages appears to be something that guarantees promise.
If you’ve missed out on the teaser then check it out and then head over to the official Kickstarter page to learn more about the intended cast and crew, as well as how to donate, and the perks you will earn on top of getting to see another potentially amazing piece of indie film!
The Predator franchise is still a thing among fans worldwide since the eponymous alien tribal warrior and hunter launched its war on mankind and other living creatures between John McTiernan’s 1987 jungle thriller with lead actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 2010 epic from director Nimród Antal, Predators. The film also landed two other spin-off movies before Antal’s film which crossed between its own franchise and the Aliens universe, but Predators was the last known project that was confirmed for a sequel upon its release that same month in July.
Since then, not much has happened for a fourth film to follow Antal’s entry, especially with the third film’s producer, Robert Rodriguez busier nowadays with his new operations in Texas for El Rey Network and other obligations. This week however, the word now is that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is coming aboard Twentieth Century Fox’s new push to help reboot the franchise altogether.
Black, who also had a cameo in the first film, is most prolifically known for his writing work for the 1987 buddy cop action blockbuster franchise launch, Lethal Weapon, and his work on the horror comedy, Monster Squad that same year with co-writer Fred Dekker. Dekker will be enhancing Black’s treatment with a new script which Jon Davis, who helped produce McTiernan’s 1987 film, will also produce.
Black has two other films he’s working on now, but the issue may still remain for some pertaining to just why Fox wants to reboot the film. It could still move ahead with a Predators 2 movie if the studio chose to, with actor Adrien Brody and actress Alice Braga potentially returning. At any rate now, with a reboot set in stone and no specifics out just yet, there’s plenty of time to speculate. So, the speculating begin!