Although The Predator is still quite a ways away from being released, fans are anxious to see if the reboot of the beloved franchise will treat its original property with care.
According to the film's director, Shane Black, the film is going the extra mile in one particular way - through the use of practical effects.
Yesterday, Black tweeted that a scene was taking place on set with an actor dressed as the Predator - indicating that some shots of the creature will not rely on CGI.
I am standing on set next to a 7-foot tall gentleman in a Predator suit -- so no, it is not all CGI.— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) April 23, 2017
This is sure to come as a pleasant surprise to fans, in part because it pays homage to the Predator films of past. Actor Kevin Peter Hall - who stood at 7'2" - played the monster in the original Arnold Schwarzenegger-led 1987 film. A similar tactic was used in the last entry in the franchise, 2010's Predators.
Considering how wildly Black's filmography varies - from the effects-heavy Iron Man 3 to the 70s drama The Nice Guys - there was no indication whether or not he would use this technique on The Predator. But But given the overwhelming amount of reboots and remakes occurring in Hollywood today it's nice to see one that is at least somewhat sticking to its roots.
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The Predator is directed by Shane Black and written by Fred Dekker. The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, and Sterling K. Brown.