If there was ever a more appropriate time to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Get to the chopper!” line from Predator, it’s right now. Fox has officially announced the next installment of the franchise will arrive on March 2, 2018.
Two weeks ago, the Predator Facebook page teased fans about a potential continuation with an image of the titular monster that read, “You’ll never see him coming,” while the caption stated, “Here we go again, bro.”
Schwarzenegger joined Carl Weathers in the 1987 original, which spawned Predator 2 in 1990 and Predators in 2010. Shane Black was announced in 2014 to direct the new chapter, which he told Collider was an “inventive sequel” as opposed to a reboot. No other casting or crew announcements have been made apart from RoboCop 3’s Fred Dekker on scripting duties.
Elsewhere, Fox announced that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, will now be released on Aug. 4, 2017. Its original slot of Oct. 6, 2017 is now reserved for an untitled Marvel movie. The studio also shifted Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a couple months earlier to this Sept. 30, 2016, Why Him? to Dec. 25, 2016, Ferdinand to July 21, 2017, and dropped The Mountain Between Us from its Feb. 10, 2017 slot.