WWE Fastlane: Shane McMahon Turns Heel, Destroys The Miz

To the shock of WWE fans around the world, Shane McMahon turned on The Miz after their tag team title loss, destroying him in front of his father. After a long tenure as SmackDown commissioner, McMahon has spent the last few months working as a tag team with The Miz. While McMahon has never been a full-time competitor, he’s impressed fans with many daredevil feats over the years, and it’s these feats that served as the catalyst for the formation of the McMiz team.

Miz convinced McMahon to team up after relaying a personal story about how despite all his accomplishments, Miz’s dad George had never told him he was proud of him. While that kind of makes George Mizanin look like a terrible father, it hit home with McMahon, whose father Vince – at least in character as Mr. McMahon – isn’t exactly a dad prone to displays of affection. Shane McMahon and Miz went to on to live the proverbial “Cinderella story,” capturing the SmackDown tag team titles in their first match as a team at the Royal Rumble, defeating The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro).

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Unfortunately, their reign didn’t last long, with McMahon and Miz dropping the titles to the Usos at February’s Elimination Chamber event. Tonight at the Fastlane pay-per-view, McMiz came up short in their rematch, once again losing to the Usos. Afterward, Shane surprised everyone by blindsiding his partner, then brutally beating him down and choking him out in front of his despondent father.

Outside the context of WWE storylines, this is a pretty clever writing touch, as many fans had naturally assumed that if a member of the team ultimately turned heel, it would be The Miz. The Miz has spent most of his career as a unrepentant bad guy, so going in that direction again would make sense. Instead, Miz is now cemented as a sympathetic babyface, especially after Shane roughed up Miz’s dad a bit at ringside.

Logically, this likely sets up a grudge match between Shane McMahon and The Miz at WrestleMania in April, possibly with some crazy stipulation that allows weapon usage and Shane to fly off tall things. What would really be funny is if Miz’s dad turned on him to join up with the McMahons, but since this isn’t the Attitude Era anymore, nothing that nonsensical will probably happen. Perhaps a victory by Miz over Shane at WrestleMania will finally set up the A-Lister for another run at the WWE world title.

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New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

The Predator Reshoots Explained: Every Cut And Change Fox Made To Shane Black’s Movie

WARNING: Major spoilers for The Predator throughout.

The Predator‘s reshoots completely changed the movie, with Fox totally rewriting Shane Black’s original plan for the film. Characters were removed entirely, others had their personalities and deaths completely altered, multiple Predator variants and hybrids were cut, and a whole new ending was introduced. Here, we’re going to try and break down how such a mess came to be.

Even before reshoots, The Predator‘s journey to the screen was already a strange one; its release date slowly shuffled around from an early 2018 release to its current September 2018 date and a trailer not releasing until May. There were rumblings that something wasn’t right – a leaked plot synopsis caused a lot of fan backlash – and then around when the film had originally been set to release, it was reported there would be reshoots over a two-and-a-half week stretch from March 12th to March 29th. The cast and crew were rather open about this, stating that it involved changes to the third act, but then, in July, there was a second, two-day bout of reshoots to further tighten up the film.

Related: All 6 Predator Movies Ranked (Including The Predator)

Reshoots aren’t an inherently bad thing – they come from a film not being complete in the edit – and it must be said that The Predator‘s weren’t any longer than the likes of Thor: Ragnarok. However, they came accompanied by rumors the studio and director had clashed over the story and tone, withmajor aspects of the film had been removed entirely. It slowly emerged that this wasn’t a case of fixing up the movie, but about retroactively changing it.

Again, this approach needn’t be a death sentence – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had third-act changing reshoots and is regarded by many as the peak of Disney Star Wars – but with The Predator, it most certainly was. The film is hastily edited and frenetically paced in a bid to hide the illogicies created by the new footage, but all that does is bury any hope of a worthy sequel. The resulting film is plainly a muddle, although the impact of the behind-the-scenes meddling is perhaps not as utterly damaging as with Fantastic Four or Justice League, which in turn means there are no obvious reshoot hallmarks akin to Henry Cavill’s mustache.

However, using early plot leaks, reports on what was cut and changed, and footage from the trailers not in the film, we can get a good idea of what Shane Black’s The Predator was going to be – and what Fox turned it into.

  • This Page: All The Other Creatures Cut From The Predator
  • Page 2: How Reshoots Changed The Predator’s Characters (And Mental Illness Parallels)
  • Page 3: How The Predator’s Third Act & Ending Changed In Reshoots
  • Page 4: Were The Predator’s Reshoots Worth It?

A Whole Sequence With Good Guy Predators Was Cut

The earliest set photos for The Predator showed the cast of loonies on an APC tank, alongside a pair of classic, good guy Predators in camo armor. What’s so striking about this now is that this sequence absolutely does not fit into the movie playing in theaters. Some footage did appear in the first two trailers, but even that doesn’t really line up with what we’ve got.

Related: The Problem With The Predator’s Trailers

A Reddit post from 2017, seemingly based on the leaked script, may provide some clarification. A lot of the included plot details are accurate to the finished movie from a time before such details were public knowledge, making it verifiable and the deviations most likely a product of subsequent changes. It is from the script, so not everything will have been shot, but it gives a sense of the ideas Black and co-screenwriter Fred Dekker were playing with. In reference to these scenes, it says that there are two defector Predators being held in Area 51 who team up with the loonies in a bid to stop the Ultimate Predator. The leak places the scene at the start of the third act, after the Predators’ true extinction plot but before the loonies head to the Predator ship (known as “the Ark”).

These set photos got a mixed fan reaction and, given no allusion to any other good Predators on Earth remain, was evidently something the studio or director wanted out of The Predator entirely. Speaking to Yahoo, Black talked about how it was simple one antagonistic thread too many: in the finished version, the single classic Predator is killed the moment the Ultimate Predator makes its appearance, which may be an attempt to keep the focus on one alien antagonist. Whatever the motivation, this reveals a lot about the connective tissue of the reshoots: there’s an entire sequence missing, meaning a lot of surrounding was footage cut and replaced.

Also of note, these photos also show what appears to be Keegan Michael-Key in scarred makeup, suggesting that he was originally going to be killed in this scene, much earlier than in the finished film.

Another Sequence With Predator Hybrids Was Also Cut

As released, The Predator features three different alien creatures: the renegade Predator (aka the original creature), the Ultimate Predator, and his Hell-Hounds. Earlier versions of the story, however, had many, many more.

Related: The Predator Is In The Original Canon – Here’s How

From that previous script leak, there was apparently going to be a sequence when the characters closed in on The Ark where the Upgrade version would unleash a cacophony of various Predator hybrids: previous attempts at evolution that went wrong, including Predators with two, three and four limbs, tentacles and other twists on the mandibled monster. They were eventually defeated by the heroes taking advantage of fortuitous self-destruct collars.

Our set visit teased and other reports backed up these hybrids being in one earlier cut of the film (meaning they made it past the script phase), but as with the hero Predators, any trace of them is removed in the finished movie. From the leak, it would seem this sequence came after the APC chase, ending with the characters flying away in the Predator ship (instead of it being blown up). This was then followed by the fight on and subsequent crash of the Ultimate Predator’s craft, suggesting that this was replaced by the more conventional Ultimate Predator hunt in the woods.

Connections To Earlier Predator Films Were Added

One thing that The Predator does in spades are references to previous movies. The events of 1987 (Predator) and 1997 (Predator 2) are mentioned, Olivia Munn’s Casey Bracket is shown still footage from both original movies, the spears from both Predator 2 and Alien vs. Predator appear, and Jake Busey plays the son of Predator 2‘s Keyes (Black has said Predators is set afterwards, excusing its absence). While some of these were evidently part of the film from the start – Busey was cast in March 2017 – reports suggest at least some were late changes.

Related: How AvP Saved Predator (But Possibly Killed Alien)

According to reports in July 2018, the AvP spear and archive footage were both added by the reshoots to provide some obvious fan bait to the Predator history lesson. It’s also possible that some of the other tongue-in-cheek gags are reshoots: the “get to the choppers” line in the earlier leaks was in reference to an actual helicopter, while the bikes definitely look like CGI additions.

Page 2: How Reshoots Changed The Predator’s Characters (And Mental Illness Parallels)

Most Character’s Personalities Changed (Possibly To Avoid Mental Illness Parallels)

Shane Black movies are typically marked out for their distinct characters, and The Predator is no different – for the most part. Some relationships and arcs feel undercooked, and going back through what was reported when actors were cast, you can see aspects that were either cut, reordered or reshot.

When Trevante Rhodes was cast as Nebraska, he was said to be the best friend of Boyd Holbrook’s McKenna, yet in the released film, he’s the de facto leading of The Looneys, only meeting Quinn after his psyche evaluation. This could be misreporting – the pair do form a strong friendship – but a reunion arc would also fit what’s presented. Further, the first trailer seemed to suggest Nebraska was originally on McKenna’s mission that opens the film.

There’s more. Olivia Munn’s Casey was allegedly a science teacher, providing a further essential piece of background to her DNA expertise and how the government would know of her (rather than a childhood letter). Jacob Tremblay’s Rory was, for the longest time, said to use his autism to learn the Predator language (and allegedly control the Ultimate Predator’s ship). In the movie he does learn how to communicate with Predators, but it’s entirely through their technology; given the Ultimate Predator later uses a translator to speak to the humans, it would make sense as a parallel. Finally, Augusto Aguilera’s casting report gave a more specific backstory for Nettles, with a helicopter crash leaving him with a brain injury (explaining his personality and how he can fly a chopper).

Read More: The New Predator Movie’s Cast & Character Guide

It’s also possible that the relationship between Thomas Jane’s Baxley and Keegan Michael-Key’s Coyle was repurposed. From our set visit, we know the flip reveal that the pair served together as marines was part of the original plan, but the presentation of it is oddly weighted: Jane’s Tourettes outbursts cease, while as already said Key was likely going to die during the APC sequence, which indicates an attempt to give two abrasive figures a softer side.

What’s striking is that most of these adjustments have the effect of downplaying the film’s exploration of mental illness. Indeed, for all the talk of Aspergers, Tremblay rarely displays any autistic hallmarks, and any attempts to draw parallels between him, The Looneys and the Predator are incredibly fleeting. Given the minefield of making any such parallels, this is hardly surprising.

Edward James Olmos’ Was Cut From The Predator Entirely

In March 2017, The Predator‘s already stacked cast gained another sci-fi alum: Edward James Olmos. The star of Battlestar Galactica and Blade Runner, Olmos was reported to be playing the boss of Sterling K. Brown’s Traeger, with it since confirmed by Black he was linked to the two renegade Predators in Area 51.

However, in August 2018, just a month before release, Olmos revealed that his role had been cut from The Predator entirely. The stated reason was runtime: “It was too long so my character, they had to take me out. They were like half an hour, 3/4 of an hour too long.” That length concern can definitely be felt in the film, which comes in at a neat 1 hour 48 minutes but is shaved within an inch of its life. In regards to the reshoots, this left a minor narrative hole in the command of the human villains, which per Black in the interview with Yahoo was shouldered more by Brown (indicating connective pick-ups).

Olivia Munn’s Introduction Was Cut (But For A Different Reason)

Not exactly a reshoot, but still a change is Olivia Munn’s introduction. This scene at the dog park would have seen her hit on by a stranger and rebuffing his advances before being approached by the military. However, the actor playing the pervert stranger was Steven Wilder Striegel, a convicted sex offender. Striegel was cast in the film off the back of his friendship with Black, who neglected to tell Munn or any of the crew his past. When Munn found out in August 2018, she immediately told the rest of the cast and Fox, who cut the scene. This controversy has exploded, with Munn’s co-stars initially refusing to do press with her and not commenting on the scandal in general, but they’ve since all backed her and Black has apologized for including Striegel.

Read More: Where Olivia Munn’s Cut Predator Scene Would’ve Been

The cut scene does leave a gap in the movie. As it stands, Casey is thrown straight into the narrative without any introduction, something that this encounter would have evidently have provided. Of course, removing it was undoubtably the right decision (and would have likely been reshot were it not so late in the day).

Page 3: How The Predator’s Third Act & Ending Changed

The Predator’s Third Act Was Changed (A Lot)

Although as has already been established the changes to The Predator are many, those involved haven’t shied away from discussing them, albeit in a manner to play it down. In multiple interviews, Shane Black confirmed that vast portions of the third act were being reshot, clarifying it was mainly to switch the action from day to night. As seen in the previous set photos and reaffirmed by the cast, a lot of the film’s action was going to take place in the cold light of day, something that doesn’t do creatures designed to be seen invisible and in shadows any favors. This meant most of the scenes were changed and, in an unexpected story impact, the majority of the film seems to take place over one night (this confusion can be seen when Traeger calls back to Rory wearing the Predator’s mask on Halloween night, despite it still being October 31).

However, from those set photos we know that a lot of elements were also removed, meaning there was a greater restructuring was going on. Two sequences – the good guy Predators and Predator hybrids – were dropped entirely, and there’s evidence that the Ultimate Predator’s hunt was introduced as or graduated to become their replacement: character deaths happened at different points, it’s clearly on one repurposed set, the CGI is weaker, it’s announced suddenly and explicitly, then beelines into a new, different sequence (the Ultimate Predator’s ship) without any bearing on the wider plot.

This streamlines the narrative most definitely (again, it provides a single antagonist) and connects the Ark sequence to the Ultimate Predator’s ship without any need for travel. But, knowing what was there before, it means a lot of movie was actually changed (anything from the football field fight will have likely been adjusted). For evidence, there’s a behind-the-scenes shot of Olivia Munn on the Ark interior set, somewhere Casey never appears on, pointing towards cuts around the hybrid point.

It also seems likely there were changes made to the final battle too. Several beats reported via story leaks – such as the forcefield kills – making it somewhat consistent. However, rumors also suggested Rory was originally going to pilot the Ultimate Predator’s ship (part of his ability to communicate with the aliens) and unsubstatiated rumblings even had him killing the creature. There’s also evidently some redits in the sequence considering how in the finished cut Casey is somehow able to travel miles from takeoff to landing in a matter of minutes. That said, there’s little information on what any tweaks might have been.

The Predator’s Many Character Deaths Changed Too

Those third act and character changes come together in how the various heroes are killed. It was reported in July that the reshoots changed many of the key character deaths, and that would seem evident from how swiftly all but three of The Looneys are offed in the space of a couple of minutes.

Related: The Predator Is The First Movie To Actually Call The Monster “The Predator”

As established, it’s likely all of this set piece was from reshoots, so this isn’t too surprising, although some are particularly obvious. Keegan Michael-Key’s death was, from set photos, earlier, which means both his and Thomas Jane’s showdown was never intended (again, their relationship also seems to be changed). Sterling K. Brown’s Traeger’s sudden shoulder canon acquisition and sudden fatal mishandling is likewise so out of the blue it can’t be ignored.

It would seem that the team’s was originally picked off more gradually across the second and third acts until only McKenna, Rory, Casey, Nebraska and Nettles were alive for the final sequence on the ship and the marshland. The changes made mean there’s more time getting to know the various characters, but then means the deaths have to come at a much quicker pace.

What About Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cameo?

One thing that gets brought up with every new Predator movie is the question of if Arnold Schwarzenegger will return. The original movie was his star vehicle, and he’s been approached to return for every movie since. For The Predator, he turned down what was essentially a cameo, saying he’d only return if he had a full role.

The script leak possibly reveals what that cameo was: after defeating the Ultimate Predator, Quinn, Casey and Rory were to approach a helicopter piloted by Dutch, who recruits them for an upcoming war with the Predators and takes them off for further battle. This ending is somewhat similar to the proposed cameo for Predators – at the end, after Adrian Brody’s defeated the Super Predator, a Predator ship would have landed and collection of aliens come out, led by Dutch in Predator armor, likewise teasing further adventures. That makes this leak both believable – it’s clearly a direction Fox wants to take the franchise in – and suspect by how similar it is.

Read More: Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Returned To Predator 4 Times

Whether this is indeed what Fox and Black had in mind, no scene will have been shot as Schwarzenegger turned it down. This leaves the movie without a know original final stinger, and the questions turn to the Predator Killer.

The Predator Killer Was Surely A Reshoot

While The Predator always sounds to have been a race to find something to help humanity fight against the invading aliens, it may not have always been the Predator Killer. That human armor doesn’t appear to have been in any of the leaked scripts or previous versions of the film, and even though standard blockbuster secrecy means there’s been little discussion of the ending by those involved, that entire sequence and tease reeks of being a reshoot.

Chiefly, there’s a shot from the second trailer where Quinn, kneeling alongside Rory and Casey, looks up at the sky and says “Come get us, motherf*cker”. Given the location and characters, this has to be after the Ultimate Predator’s death, making this the originally planned ending; essentially the Arnie cameo minus Arnie.

In contrast, the Predator Killer is a disconnected addendum to the story with no real bearing on the events that only features two of the main cast in totally different clothes to earlier, while the CGI of the Predator Killer itself is barely convincing. Above all, it’s an incredibly Marvel move: the gauntlet itself operates just like Tony Stark’s nanotech armor from Avengers: Infinity War, and the sequel tease is just too overt to not be studio notes. We’ll hopefully get some confirmation of this once the cast begin discussing spoilers.

Page 4: Were The Predator’s Reshoots Worth It?

Other Scenes That Were Likely Cut From The Predator

From trailers and general discussions, there’s a collection of scenes that were cut outright, rather than being reshot or adjusted. This includes McKenna being captured in Mexico (with Nebraska), Rory smashing the Predator device into his building blocks (although the connection to the original Predator ship seems to be tricksy trailer editing), as well as a lot of vehicle changing by The Looneys on their travels and shots of Nettles flying the helicopter.

Perhaps most interesting from the leaks is the changing geography. The Area 51 sequence would have obviously taken the characters from Georgia to Nevada, and it’s been rumored the Ultimate Predator’s ship was meant to be in Florida, with the final confrontation taking place in the Everglades. In the finished film, it appears close to the McKenna’s hometown, with the swamp for the final battle an extension of the forest. This, again, points towards a lot of connective elements removed, not least a longer time period being covered.

What Else In The Predator Could Be A Reshoot?

Along with everything discussed, there are several incongruous parts of The Predator that feel like they could be reshoots, or at least altered from what was originally shot. There isn’t any strong evidence here, but using everything we’ve uncovered there must have been some story alterations.

One weird recurring aspect is the lobotomized Hell-Hound, which pops up periodically to push the narrative forward before Olivia Munn shoos or locks it away. The isolated nature of these scenes – and the fact it’s always Munn with the creature – make it seem likely a reshoot of sorts, possibly an attempt to add some sci-fi levity. That said, it may also be a CGI budgetary consideration or a chopping down of an original Black idea.

On a bigger scale, the sequence at the barn also strikes as weird. Choppy editing and confused capturing of The Looneys aside, it exists to mainly move what we believe to be reshot character arcs into place and bridge the gap left by the cutting of the Area 51 and good Predator fight.

Did The Predator Reshoots Ruin The Movie?

And so, as with any discussion of seismic reshoots, the question as always comes down to whether they were worth it? This is always hard to quantify as any changes are undoubtedly done by a studio in an attempt to increase a movie’s audience appeal and commercial viability, meaning at the very least they thought what they had wouldn’t hit right and wanted to improve it. It’s a question of whether Fox attempted to save a bad movie or The Predator just too risque for the studio and they gutted it.

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Most of what does work in the film – the uninterrupted banter between The Looneys, the creative use of Predator tech, the sometimes shocking R-rated violence – evidently comes from Black’s original ideas, but so too did he bring the ill-fitting idea of hybridization and an attempt to explore mental illness through B-movie tropes. His decision to shoot many sequences in light is also tough, but that needn’t mean the APC or hybrid attack would have flopped – especially as most of the negative reactions to those images and the leaked script come from disgruntled fans who an emotional involvement that skews measuring of quality.

What’s clear is that the reshoots led to a lot of the surface level problems with the theatrical version of The Predator. The confusing shot-to-shot editing, the breakneck narrative flow, and general lack of coherence all stem from the retooling of the movie after it was near completion. Whatever Black had before, it would surely have been a more ordered piece of filmmaking regardless of its handling of Predator mythology or mental illness.

This is something similar to Justice League, with what was primed to be another Snyder DCEU film turned into a tonal battle between his and Joss Whedon’s styles. While we don’t know if the much-disucssed Snyder assembly cut was actually any good, the overall auteur vision surely means it would have been more acceptable than the Frankenstein released by Warner Bros. The clash in The Predator is only from one voice and the studio, so it’s less jarring than that example, but the point stands: the film would surely have been a more complete experience if it had been left untouched.

As it stands, The Predator is another movie undone by reshoots, where the cuts and additions are so large scale and damaging on an artistic level there’s no way the earlier version can’t have been more interesting. When discussing the changes, Black alleged there could be scope for an alternate cut of the film on home video (via AvPGalaxy), although did acknowledge the scale of the changes would mean the effects would likely be unfinished. Nevertheless, given the state the theatrical version is in, perhaps we should ask Fox to #ReleaseTheBlackCut.

Next: Read Our Review Of The Predator

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2018-09-14 07:09:41 – Alex Leadbeater

Shane Black Takes Responsibility For Casting Sex Offender In The Predator

Shane Black says he takes full responsibility for casting a registered sex offender in his new film The Predator. Black – the co-writer and director of the newest installment in the Predator franchise – issued a lengthy statement on the casting controversy during a recent interview, after a flurry of press attention that was first triggered by cast member Olivia Munn.

The issue started when Black decided to cast his friend, actor Steven Wilder Striegel, in a small role within his Predator film, despite being aware of Striegel’s status as a convicted sex offender. Munn – who is herself a survivor of past sexual harassment – found out about Striegel’s past and reported it to both her costars and 20th Century Fox, upset that the director didn’t tell the rest of the cast about Striegel’s history. After the studio decided to cut the scene featuring Striegel’s character from The Predator, the entire story soon became public. Fox insisted it was “not aware” of Streigel’s history, while Black initially defended Striegel, only to later release a statement that his friend had misled him as to the full circumstances of his conviction.

Related: Predator: Olivia Munn Hasn’t Talked to Shane Black Since Sex Offender Controversy 

Black’s latest comments – made during a red carpet interview with the Associated Press on Thursday – reflect a noticeable change in tone, and suggest that the filmmaker is now feeling more regret over his decision to cast Striegel after the huge controversy that’s built up around the issue.

I made an error of judgment that is irresponsible. I’m not just a kid who can say, you know, we’re making movies in college, put your buddy in the movie. This is an adult decision with real responsibilities. And I didn’t vet somebody. And it doesn’t matter that I was shocked at these emails, or that he misrepresented, my friends and I, oh my god. It doesn’t matter. I was the captain of that ship – it’s my job to make sure that those things don’t happen, you see? And I failed, and I may have caused – I did cause pain to people in the cast. That’s unacceptable. I take full responsibility. I’m very, deeply sorry. I mean, I think about this a lot. I hope I learn from this, because it really bothers me that this movie which could have been with these beautiful people and a beautiful night – all of this – has been overshadowed in some ways by a stupid decision that I made. I’m very sorry to anybody.”

Notably, Black did not address Munn by name, despite the fact that she’s the one who’s been taking heat from some, following her decision to reveal Striegel’s past. Munn has said that she was “chastised” by 20th Century Fox after she decided to take action on Striegel’s casting, and has also said that she felt “isolated” from the rest of the cast since they initially remained silent on the issue even after the story became public. However, Munn’s very public refusal to back down from her decision has recently pushed her co-stars to issue formal statements on Striegel’s casting, such as Sterling K. Brown’s public response of support for Munn over Twitter this week.

Perhaps the most important event of this entire situation came on Thursday, when the formerly anonymous survivor of Striegel’s sexual abuse published a statement in The LA Times thanking Munn for speaking out against her abuser. Some are now wondering if this situation concerning Stiegel will impact The Predator at the box office. While that’s probably doubtful, Black might just be right above when he says The Predator will be overshadowed by his decision to cast Striegel. What is being dubbed a fun but flawed movie by film critics may likely be remembered best for the casting controversy more than anything else. Though many were looking forward to Black’s take on the Predator franchise, it appears as though his film’s reputation might just be scarred for good.

More: Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Returned To Predator 4 Times

Source: Associated Press

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2018-09-13 03:09:30 – Caitlin Leale

The Predator Review: Shane Black’s Requel is All Brawn & No Brain

The Predator aims to revitalize the sci-fi action franchise with fresh ideas, but succeeds at delivering mindless action more than cohesive mythology.

More than thirty years after he met a grisly fate onscreen as the jokester Rick Hawkins in John McTiernan’s 1987 film Predator, Shane Black returns to the property on the opposite side of the camera, as the director of The Predator. A soft reboot/sequel or “requel” to the three Predator films before it (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator crossovers), Black’s movie offers a new beginning for the series after Nimród Antal’s 2010 entry Predators tried to take the brand in a different direction, but failed to get a followup. Unfortunately, the end result here is a mixed bag that’s hamstrung by clunky execution and a general messiness. The Predator aims to revitalize the sci-fi action franchise with fresh ideas, but succeeds at delivering mindless action more than cohesive mythology.

Black’s film takes place in the present-day and begins shortly after a Predator spaceship comes crashing down into earth’s atmosphere. When U.S. sniper Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) encounters the ship’s pilot during a mission in Mexico, the creature is quick to kill his men and nearly slaughters Quinn before he manages to stop it – thus allowing the U.S. government to capture the Predator, instead. Aware that his bosses will do whatever is needed to keep this incident under-wraps, Quinn secretly takes some of the Predator’s equipment as leverage and mails it to his ex-wife Emily (Yvonne Strahovski) and son Rory (Jacob Tremblay), the latter of whom’s on the autism spectrum.

Later, during a post-mission “psych evaluation”, Quinn admits to having encountered the Predator and is committed to a group of psychologically-damaged soldiers by Will Traeger (Sterling K. Brown), a government agent who knows all too well about the extraterrestrials’ history on our planet. However, when the creature escapes from the clandestine research facility run by Traeger, it falls to Quinn, his newfound squad and a scientist named Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) to handle the situation themselves. Meanwhile, back in the suburbs, Rory is able to activate the Predator’s gadgetry and, in doing so, inadvertently summons something to our world that’s far more dangerous than your average, run of the mill alien hunter…

There are very much shades of Black’s previous work in The Predator, whether it’s the main story about a ragtag group trying to save the earth (a la 1987’s The Monster Squad, which Black also cowrote with Fred Dekker) or the subplot involving a larger government conspiracy to keep dangerous information hidden from the public (see Black’s last movie, The Nice Guys). However, in addition to those narrative elements, The Predator attempts to cram in not only backstory details for its many human characters, but also a good deal of exposition concerning why these alien sport hunters keep returning to earth and what they are really trying to do. While there is some genuinely fascinating world-building here, the resulting film comes off feeling overstuffed and suffers from pacing issues. Moreover, The Predator feels like it was chopped down and condensed from a longer cut that flowed better, but was awkwardly compressed into a more streamlined (and shorter) blockbuster thrill ride bolstered by Black’s trademark dark humor.

Story issues aside, though, The Predator certainly delivers the goods when it comes to bloody Predator-related mayhem. With the aid of sharp cinematography by Zack Snyder’s frequent collaborator Larry Fong, Black serves up lots of R-rated violence, some inventive kills and otherwise unique set pieces and action sequences throughout the first two-thirds of the film. While the third act is rougher around the edges (no doubt because the movie’s original third act was entirely reshot), The Predator still manages to deliver a climax that’s noticeably different from any Predator installment before it and provides some important payoffs to character threads along the way. The film also offers its fair share of fan service and nods to Predator movies past – down to a rousing score by Henry Jackman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) that successfully channels the spirit of Alan Silvestri’s iconic Predator music – without (usually) being too ham-fisted about it.

With all the world-building and spectacle going on, The Predator is unsurprisingly hit or miss when it comes to developing its human players. The standouts here includes Brown as the film’s human antagonist (a role he appears to relish) and Tremblay as yet another charmingly precocious young boy after his turns in Room and Wonder. Munn is similarly noteworthy here and further proves her action star bonafides as Dr. Bracket – a character who, frankly, could (should?) have served as the film’s primary hero and main protagonist. Unfortunately, Bracket is often sidelined in order to make room for the more archetypical Predator movie (male) lead McKenna and a crew of stock sidekicks that includes Trevante Rhodes as “the unstable one”, Keegan-Michael Key as “the funny one” and Thomas Jane as “the troubled one”. While these characters benefit from being played by talented actors and do get simple-but-clean arcs, the other soldiers (as played by Alfie Allen and Augusto Aguilera) and Emily ultimately get the short end of the stick.

All in all, The Predator is the “biggest” Predator movie yet, but falls well short of being the best installment in the series. Whether it’s the result of reshoots or merely being too big for its britches, Black’s “requel” is muddled in execution and provides loads of brainless thrills while struggling in the story and character departments. Still, the Predator franchise has always offered a pulpy blend of action, sci-fi, cheesy jokes and (alien) monster horror, and Black’s film smartly doesn’t try to change things in that regard. Longtime fans may further appreciate how The Predator attempts to move the property forward without jettisoning its previously established lore on the way (see also: how it brings back the Hell-Hounds and features Jake Busey playing the son of his father Gary Busey’s Predator 2 character).

Fox’s decision to move The Predator to a mid-September release also makes sense, for related reasons. While the project would have struggled to go toe-to-toe with the better crafted franchise movies released this summer (as well as some of the tentpoles that hit the scene back in the spring), it’s still a couple notches above the forgettable genre titles that are being “dumped” in theaters this month. That doesn’t make The Predator a must-see by default, but the film’s visuals do benefit from being experienced on the big screen (though an IMAX showing might be overkill) – and, in the end, anyone who just wants to watch Predators mowing down humans for almost two hours will mostly get their money’s worth from this one.


The Predator begins playing in U.S. theaters on Thursday evening, September 13. It is 107 minutes long and is rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, and crude sexual references.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

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2018-09-11 08:09:45 – Sandy Schaefer

Shane Black Has Never Watched The Lethal Weapon TV Series

Lethal Weapon creator Shane Black has never watched the TV spinoff. Black (The Predator) wrote the original Lethal Weapon when he was only 23, and the script’s combination of witty dialogue and action set pieces saw it get snapped up by Warner Bros. Richard Donner helmed the movie, and the onscreen chemistry between stars Danny Glover and Mel Gibson saw it become a major hit.

Black returned to pen a script for Lethal Weapon 2, which was ultimately rewritten. Black’s first draft was much darker and even featured Riggs dying of his wounds in the finale. The studio wanted a lighter tone – and the possibility of more sequels – so it was reworked. Black has nothing to do with parts 3 and 4, which became noticeably goofier in tone, with Lethal Weapon 4 in particular feeling like a big budget sitcom with occasional explosions. A TV version arrived in 2016 with Clayne Crawford as Riggs and Damon Wayans – who previously starred in the Black scripted buddy comedy The Last Boy Scout – as Murtaugh.

Related: Lethal Weapon Season 3 Teaser Introduces Seann William Scott’s New Character

Fans didn’t expect much from the show, but Lethal Weapon proved to be a surprisingly solid ratings performer. The show has suffered a fair amount of behind the scenes drama, however, with clashes between co-stars Wayans and Crawford eventually leading to the latter being fired, and replaced with Seann William Scott’s new character. The new season airs this month, but Black revealed to Digital Spy recently he’s never watched the show.

I will be entirely upfront with you: I have not watched a full episode of the show, so I can’t speak to whether or not the first guy was great. I just didn’t watch it. It’s a TV cop show. Maybe it’s great. I’m happy it’s doing well. I do get a cheque every now and again. But please, let’s cast – I don’t know – anybody in the role. A talking penguin? I don’t care. I’ll get a cheque.

Black has been plenty busy on The Predator the last couple of years, so it’s somewhat understandable that catching up on the Lethal Weapon TV series hasn’t been high on his list of priorities. Black actually developed a Lethal Weapon 5 script in 2008, which would have found Riggs and Murtaugh fighting mercenaries in New York during a snowstorm. Black would have directed this script, but it seems Gibson and Glover’s loyalty to Richard Donner prevented it from moving forward.

Donner himself has been talking of a fifth and final Lethal Weapon movie for a couple of years, and while prospects of it sounded bleak at one point, it appears the project is still alive. In the meantime, fans are waiting to see how season 3 of Lethal Weapon fares with a new leading man. The new season will only run for 13 episodes, so it seems Fox is hedging their bets on the show’s future.

More: Revamped Lethal Weapon Will Only Run 13 Episodes

Source: Digital Spy

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2018-09-10 05:09:19 – Padraig Cotter