Hall H kicked-off the weekend’s action with a panel for sci-fi reboot, The Predator, which included members of the cast, director Shane Black, and an exclusive piece of footage that features a Predator-on-Predator fight.
SDCC welcomed a number of The Predator’s cast members, including Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan Michael-Key, Thomas Jane, and Trevante Rhodes, but it’s fair to say that the takeaway for much of the audience was the Comic Con exclusive footage they got to see.
Obviously, we can’t show that to you – because it hasn’t been released – but, as we’ve already said, the footage sees a normal-sized Predator being beaten by a far larger version. Black set up the clip by telling the audience:
“[The Predators] sent their champions to earth and they don’t come home. They don’t like that. So we figured they want to punch back. And there’s an element too of a potentially contentious faction on Predator world that might not be above a little bit of ‘roiding, so to speak, in the sense that they have access to the survival traits and characteristics of virtually every species they hunted. So, we devised this idea…It was mostly something we had to find visually. You cant alter the makeup too much of the Predator. It’s so iconic. So, we had to figure out how to emphasize what the Predators do, how they behave. They’re fast, they’re deadly, they’re lithe. And they move quick, and they hit, and they strike and retreat, strike and retreat. And it’s that feeling of deadly purpose and absolute bloodcurdling f—ing efficiency…These guys move like the wind. So, that’s what we wanted, these completely savage creatures and then — we got us an R-rating!”
The Predator is set for release on September 12th in the UK, and September 14th in the US.