In the not-too-distant future, when hoverboards exist and Taco Bell won the Fast Food Wars, movie stars will be measured not just by the quality of their work, but by the number of franchises they were able to stack together along the way. To that point, Benicio Del Toro might seem to be leading the charge. He’s now The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy and assorted other Marvel films, the assassin at the heart of Denis Villeneuve’s soon-to-be-sequelized Sicario, he’ll be appearing in Star Wars Episode VIII, and now he’s about to learn man’s most primal lesson: If it bleeds, he can kill it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Del Toro is in early talks to star in The Predator, Shane Black’s upcoming continuation of the mythos started by the classic ’80s action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and elite professional wrestling commentator/former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura. As of now, not much is known about The Predator, though the Reporter mentions that the film “…is said to be an ensemble piece anchored by the character to be played by Del Toro.” It’s a film to follow; while 2010’s Predators was better than many expected, it was hardly a true continuation of the machismo-heavy, Reagan-era gun diplomacy of the much-loved original. And Black seems exactly like the kind of filmmaker to capture its true spirit.
For his part, Black has previously said that he’s less interested in a reboot than an expansion of the universe. From Collider: “Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can ‘really get behind inventive sequels,’ noting that he likes ‘the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.'”
In the meantime, Predator endures in Mortal Kombat X, a couple of bad crossover movies, and one of the great (if pre-emptive) “last laughs” in film history, seen here in VHS quality as God intended: