There has been a lot of speculation and skepticism about the new Predator movie hitting theaters tomorrow, titled simply The Predator. A lot of people think this is a remake of the original, since the titles are so similar, but the original was actually titled Predator without the article, and this new movie is supposed to be a sort of sequel/reboot.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can get to why fans of the original are really concerned.
Early on, fans of what is considered by many to be one of the best action movies ever made, and certainly one of the best sci-fi action films, were optimistic. This new movie was directed by Shane Black, the guy who wrote 1980s action classics like the Lethal Weapon series and The Last Boyscout. When he returned to movies in 2005 after a long hiatus, he had a cult hit with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and followed it up a few years later with Iron Man 3.
Not only that, but he was actually a cast member in the original Predator (1987) playing Hawkins. He was actually there to covertly do emergency script rewrites from the set, but that never proved to be necessary.
He promised the new film would be a return to the source material, that it would be rated R, and that Arnold might even reprise his role as Maj. Dutch Schaefer for the first time.
Well...it's still rated R.