Predator Will Be Coming Back For A Fifth Installment

10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg will be directing.

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The long-running sci-fi action Predator franchise will be coming back for a fifth installment with 20th Century Studios, according to Deadline. The film's reported pedigree looks intriguing, as it will be pairing 10 Cloverfield Lane's director Dan Trachtenberg with Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan writer-producer Patrick Aison. Those names alone indicate a bit of a re-centering on the series after 2018's previous outing that tried to infuse comedy with brutal action.

Other than that headline news that Predator is once again coming back, details are less than sparse. No information has been revealed about casting choices or plot--so it will be a while before we hear about any big-picture stuff for the upcoming film. Given that the franchise's other last major release, the video game Predator: Hunting Grounds wasn't, all that well received (we gave it a 4 out of 10, even with the Arnold Schwarzenegger DLC), it would be reasonable to hope the last few years are a temporary low point for the series. It can only go up from here, right?

The only other clue lingering out there is that Trachtenberg has made it be known that at some point he wants to make a video game, very nebulously indicating that he had started talking about "video game stuff with some people." But that may also be an indication of what--aside from his background in sci-fi psychological thrillers--the director may bring to this project.

There have also been rumors that Schwarzenegger himself may be interested in reprising his role in a Predator film, if it was done right. It wouldn't be that far-fetched, given the actor has done the same with the Terminator series, and also the inescapable fact that he's currently 73.

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