“Predator”: film vs early script

About a year and a half ago, I made a review of the new scenario.Predator»For authorshipShane BlackandFred decker. At that time, the film was still being filmed, its premiere was scheduled for February 2018. Even then, I suggested that the test-views of the picture may not go the best way and it will probably be re-captured. So it turned out. The Predator was indeed re-shot, more than once, which led to the postponement of the release to September. It was asserted that the third act was completely redone, and about 60% - 70% of the original version remained.
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Perhaps this figure is correct. I will not be engaged in pagination. But I can say the following. Despite all the re-filming, in spirit and style, the final film is practically the same as the original script. Yes, a number of scenes were removed, something was added, something improvised. But all the same, the sensations still got about what was originally intended. So it's time to talk in more detail about all the plot changes.
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The first two thirds of the film are quite close to the earlier scenario.Of course, there are differences, but they do not change the overall picture. For example, in the introduction of the film, McKenna finds the mask and weapon of the Predator-Defector, after which he manages to join him in a small fight and even wound. In the script, he simply found the unconscious alien, took off his mask and ran away. Obviously, this was changed in order to present the protagonist in a more “heroic” form.
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Also note that the film completely forgets about the hostages and the fighters of the drug cartel, who were the target of the McKenna squad. In the scenario, black helicopters that had flown in all of them were destroyed by missiles - so that there would be no unnecessary witnesses.
In the script there was an episode when a man tried to glue in the park with dogs to the main character Casey, and she fleeced him. As you know, shortly before the premiere of the filmOlivia mannmade a big scandal, demanding to cut the scene from the film with the actorBy stephen wilderwho was previously convicted for attempting to seduce a minor. I have suspicions that Wilder was filmed in this very episode - because, in the film, the performance of the heroine Mann looks very strange.
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And in general, it is worth noting that, compared to the script, Casey was made almost caricatured. At least, it is difficult for me to be taken seriously by a biology teacher who can catch up with the Predator on his own two shoots aptly with an assault rifle, uses a grenade launcher without training, boldly jumps onto buses and, in addition, knows how to open handcuffs with improvised means. For decency, the authors could insert into the dialogues at least some explanation of these extraordinary skills. Well, or at least renamed it to Sarah Connor or Furios.
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Also in the early script was missing Sean Keese, who in the film playedJake busie(a sonGary busey, who played agent Peter Kees inPredator 2"). But there was a character named Cutter - a veteran in a wheelchair to whom our heroes came immediately after escaping from the base. He supplied them with weapons, provided a motor home and participated in further adventures. But then this character was cut from the movie. Therefore, when viewing the picture, in the scene when the psychos comes to visit McKene, it remains unclear where they managed to find such a solid arsenal.
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In addition, a small subplot in the style of "The Dark Knight" was cut out of the first half, due to the fact that the predator-defector who had lost his mask deliberately let himself be caught in order to be taken to the base where the alien weapons are stored.
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Another moment taken out of the movie - when the Predator-Defector faced the Predator-Upgrade, he suddenly said to the heroes, “Run!”
If we talk about what has been added, then this is, of course, the psycho. I liked their on-screen incarnation much more than the paper version. Dialogues and jokes were significantly improved, each of the six received their own personal gadgets. When I read the script, I simply could not distinguish one psycho from another. The film is different. I don’t know whether this is an improvisation, or whether Black deliberately didn’t paint the characters, intending to do all this later - but the fact remains. After watching the tape, I even thought that a good comedy series could have come out of this: a team of veteran psychos who perform all sorts of strange tasks in the spirit of "The X-Files" ...
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But back to the script. Again, the first two thirds of the film are in principle very close to what was on paper.But in the third act there are noticeable differences. In the film, when McKen with psychos rescues his son from an alien ship, they arrange a shootout with mercenaries, kill almost everyone, after which an Upgrade appears, gives them a few minutes of handicap, and then begins a hunt for the survivors in the forest.
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The scenario suggested a different development of events. After McKenna saved his son, special capsules were opened on the ship, from where an Upgrade and a whole crowd of various alien hybrids escaped. They shred mercenaries, and then ran away. Further, a new character appeared in the plot: General Woodhurst, who heads the local counterpart of the Men in Black. He executed Agent Trager (characterSterling K. Brown) because he was trying to sell alien technology and did not inform him about the capture of the Predator defector.
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The role of the general was to fulfillEdward J. Olmos, but in the end his character was also cut out from the film. Here is a photo of the actor from a shoot with Boyd Holbrook.
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Then McKenna and the psychos got into a helicopter and went to Zone 52 (the son of hero Rory and Casey remained at the alien ship). Woodhurst told them that there are two factions of the Predators that are in a state of cold war.The upgrade was sent to Earth to kill the defector, pick up the cargo he stole (in the original, he stole the hybrids) and kill two Dissident Predators who work together with people to help them defend the Earth.
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At this point, the base was attacked by hybrids. Woodhurst ordered the “good” Predators to be delivered to the Upgrade ship. After that, all the heroes got into armored cars (do not ask where the helicopters landed on which they flew to the base) and a large action scene began in which alien monsters attacked them on the road. People died one after another and when everything seemed to be lost, an autistic son came to the rescue. He raised an alien ship into the air and activated the system of self-destruction of hybrids. Followed by a spectacular series of explosions.
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When people started celebrating a victory, an Upgrade appeared. He killed the Predators-dissidents, grabbed the son of the protagonist, sat in the ship and began to take off. The final action-scene approximately corresponded to what we saw in the film. The most noticeable difference: in the Nebraska Williams script (Trevante Rhodes) just died when the screen was turned on, in the film he sacrifices himself to stop the takeoff of the ship.
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After the victory over the Upgrade, helicopters flew in with the military. Casey asked McKenna if they had unleashed an interplanetary war. At that moment, a familiar voice sounded: “No, not at all. The war has already begun. ” After that, we would see the aged Datca, who was supposed to call the heroes into a sequel.
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So, if we compare the film and the script, then I would not even use the word reshooting, but scissors. Black completely removed the subplot with Zone 52, the attack on the convoy and the Predators-dissidents, which reduced the time of the film by about 15 to 20 minutes. Instead of traveling to the ship, then to Zone 52, and then back to the ship to fight the Upgrade, in the movie the characters just stay in place and take the final fight there.
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The scenes with the convoy and Zone 52 were exactly filmed. They even flashed in the trailers.
On the one hand, when I read the script, the whole round trip from the ship to the base and back seemed to me frankly absurd. On the other hand, the concept of the Predator's attack on a ground convoy is in itself even interesting in some way. At least, before we did not see this in the cinema, unlike the same errands in the forest. But, to be honest, if you can cut out such a piece from the film, and this movie didn’t lose much in dynamics - it means that it really wasn’t that important.
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Another thing is that the removal of this sub-story caused an even greater blow to the already fragile logic of the film. If, in the context of the Cold War space, the decision of the Predator to flee to Earth at least made some sense (in fact, he did not help people, but his relatives), then the film remains absolutely incomprehensible why he did it. And why, strictly speaking, he simply did not tell people about the weapon, but instead killed everyone he met. In Black’s earlier scenario, though strained, it was based on the fact that Agent Traeger had his own plans for an alien weapon and acted independently.
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In any case, the plot has never been the forte of Black's Predator. It is a series of incredible coincidences (the spacecraft has fallen on a tough sniper, whose brilliant son is able to sort out the alien technologies), multiplied by a very weak motivation. When I watched the movie, the feeling did not leave me that I don’t understand why the characters do what they do. Why do they make such decisions? I suspect that Black himself did not fully understand this. Apparently, therefore, the son of the protagonist is constantly abducted by people or aliens so that the main character has at least some incentive to move on.
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Other obvious problems are superimposed on this: completely un catchy music, editing (thanks to the re-filming and distant scenes), the upgrade design that doesn’t cause much enthusiasm, Olivia Mann’s not the best game and not too charismatic protagonist. Almost any of the vtoroplanovik new "Predator" is remembered better than its main characters.
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Well, I can not help but note the new ending with the Iron Man's costume of "Predator Killer", which seems to have been taken from Marvel's films. Of course, I understand that Disney is going to buy 20th Century Fox and all that ... but damn, it's somehow too tasteless. Honestly, it’s better that this superarm - the Predators killer turned out to be rejuvenated on the computer Schwartz. By the way, this would fit perfectly into the overall style of the film.
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As for the change of genre to comedy-adventure, to be honest, I reconciled with this even at the stage of reading the script. After the film, I reviewed my old review and realized that almost everything I said about the script perfectly describes my final impressions of what was filmed.
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I repeat that I cannot blame Black for what he does in the style that he usually does well.Just as practice shows, this usually works in independent projects. When Black shoots on someone else's franchise, it creates the feeling that the movie suffers from a split personality, trying to be at the same time several movies that are completely different in spirit. The result is a confusion and absolutely mixed impressions at the exit. I can not say that the film is absolutely terrible. He has his moments and characters. But you can't call him really good either.
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In justification of Black, I can also say that after not the most successful attempt to restart the series by “returning to the sources” (i.e. “Predators"), The decision to change the genre orientation was quite an expected step by the studio. I am sure that the producers in any case would find some kind of director for such work.
Is there any chance in principle to make another good Predator movie? This is not the easiest question. Of course, the originalJohn McTiernanwith his unexpected change of genre from a typical 80s thriller to an adult slasher, a suspense and a secret murder of the heroes of the invisible hunter will remain almost unattainable in the franchise.This combination could work only once, it can not be repeated.
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Another thing is that the authors of all the latest films about an alien hunter are not really trying to invent something new. All their ideas, in fact, revolve around Predators growing hybrids, Predators-dogs, and Predators fighting against each other. Only it did not work as it should for the first time, did not work in the second, and it would not work in the third.
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Another thing is that the Predator by default provides several other very interesting opportunities for writers. The plot with an alien hunter can be deployed in almost any period of time - from some feudal Japan to the distant future. You can choose any setting. In the end, you can make the main character of our contemporary who, let's say, got into the cryochamber on the Predator ship, woke up in the distant future and then we are trying to understand with him where he was, how much time passed and what happened to the Earth. Of course, it’s just thinking out loud, but it seems to me that if you wish, you’ll actually make some interesting film based on Predator.
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But will we ever see such a movie, it is certainly a big question."Predator" Black just came out in rent. And although the numbers of charges will appear a little later, I risk assuming that the movie will not be a big event. The film is clearly not going to delight a large part of the fan base, and I doubt that it will be able to attract a significant new audience. I think the studio places its main hope on international rentals. But far from being the fact that it will be enough to provide producers with the planned trilogy.
Perhaps the situation could have been saved by some energetic young film maker, who in his childhood saw the cassette with “Predator” to the holes and which had an interesting idea for its continuation. But as practice shows, so far the 20th Century Fox is not too eager to use such opportunities.


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