It almost feels like they’re being deliberately sabotaged (few other things can explain why Ridley Scott is so intent on undermining a series he himself helped to create) by some really bizarre decisions on the part of the people directing them, and it’s a pity.
In the case of the Predator, the problems started with 1990’s Predator 2 (the great idea of a Predator movie in the vein of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop undermined by Stephen Hopkins paint-by-numbers direction and a weak script) and have pretty much continued to varying degrees since that time.
Though I had assumed that the Predator franchise had bottomed out with 2007’s Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.
And apparently I was wrong because despite being co-written and directed by the undeniably talented Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) the upcoming The Predator looks to continue the time-honored idea of mixing lots of bad ideas with one or two half-decent ones.
For instance, the idea that the predators are using the DNA from the creatures on the planets they visit to make themselves even deadlier? Great idea and probably the best addition to the franchise in many Hunter’s moons.
The idea that a little kid discovers a model (!?) of a Predator craft that somehow manages to (apparently) control an actual Predator spacecraft!?
Dumb beyond belief (on the face of it, at any rate).
Then there’s the idea of the movie taking place in Small Town, U.S.A., an idea that didn’t do AVPR ANY favors, so why not do it again?
As I said earlier, Shane Black is a damn talented writer and director, but I get the feeling he’s screwed the pooch on this one.