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  • Box Office Bomb: With an opening weekend of $24.6 million, the film set a new record for the worst opening weekend for film on more than 4,000 screens, $7 million lower than previous record holder The Mummy (2017). Though it was such a slow movie weekend that it was still #1. Budget, $88 million. Gross, $51,024,708 (domestic), $160,542,134 (worldwide).
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Quinn is voiced by Teruaki Ogawa, better known for toku fans as Sasuke/Ninja Red in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
  • Deleted Role:
    • Edward James Olmos played a conspiracy theorist that helped the protagonists at a point, but all of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
    • Steve Wilder Striegel was originally cast as a minor character in this movie, but 20th Century Fox removed his scenes a few days before picture lock, when Olivia Munn informed the studio that he was registered as a sex offender after a 2010 arrest following an attempt to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Or at least, directed by a cast member of a previous entry.
  • Executive Meddling: Given the amount of reshoots, a Release Date Change, and promotional pictures that show stuff that didn't end in the movie, speculation on what the studio added is on full force. Fred Dekker later confirmed this. The studio changed the ending after deciding that it needed to be at night to be scarier.
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  • Fan Nickname: The super powered-armor at the end has been nicknamed by fans as the "Iron Predator".
  • Franchise Killer: The poor critical reception and disappointing box office returns means that there won't be any sequels for the foreseeable future, not helped by the fact that Disney was in the process of acquiring Fox by the time of release and leading to potential film slate cuts. Tellingly, the Thomas Brothers who wrote the original film filed a copyright termination the year after.
  • Flip-Flop of God: In an early interview, Shane Black said it was an interquel set in between Predator 2 and Predators, but this was changed to it being set after both films.
  • Real-Life Relative: Gary Busey, who played Keyes in Predator 2 is the father of Jake, who plays Keyes's son in this movie.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Steve Wilder, a bit actor and friend of Shane Black, had his scenes of him playing a minor character removed when star Olivia Munn discovered he was a convicted sex offender.
  • Troubled Production: The film became infamous for this even before its release:
    • After the release of Predators in 2010, director Nimrod Antal and producer Robert Rodriguez both expressed in developing a sequel to their film, but talks reportedly stalled out, with nothing happening for several years. Eventually, FOX would go to reveal that they were interested in developing a new film unrelated to the previous work.
    • Production was announced in earnest in 2014, with director Shane Black (who starred in the original film) being tapped to direct. Originally explained by a FOX executive as "set in suburbia" with "a dad and his son at the heart of the action", the film was shaping up to be a very different experience from the previous films, which were largely set in jungles.
    • The first sign that something was... off came in 2017, when the planned early 2018 release date was moved to September 2018, and a plot summary (of what was later revealed as an early version of the script) was leaked on Reddit. The script caused fan complaints over the nature of the story, not helped by the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed in an interview that the producers approached him to reprise his role of Dutch (who appears in the early script summary), but refused to do it because he wasn't satisfied with the material he was given.
    • The changing release dates (four in total) were a prelude to additional reshoots that changed many story beats. While reports vary on what exactly changed, it is generally known that much (if not all) of the third act was reshot, in a manner similar to that of Rogue One. The third act was originally set to begin with the "Loonies" (the main characters) teaming up with a human general (played by Edward James Olmos) and a pair of captured rebel Predators they find locked in Area 51 who help them in the first skirmish against the Ultimate Predator. Reports differ as to why the third act was changed. Shane Black contended that three-quarters of the act were reshot to change the scenes from day to night, while Olmos contended that his role (which was cut entirely from the finished product) was removed due to time constraints. Character deaths and motivations were also overhauled completely, with Keegan-Michael Key's character shown in early set photos to have died much earlier in the script (at the beginning of the third act, with his head mangled) than his fate in the finished film, which happens later.
    • The ending was changed multiple times. Originally (and as per the script summary leak), the film was intended to end with lead characters Quinn and Rory McKenna, along with Casey, encountering Dutch Schaeffer, who arrives in a helicopter after they defeat the Ultimate Predator and enlists them to help him in a mission. After Schwarzenegger declined to appear, the concept got far enough that a variant of the scene (with Quinn looking up and saying, "Come and get us, motherfucker" as Casey and Rory stand beside him in the jungle) was shot and appeared in trailers. After Schwarzenegger declined to reprise his role, the production team shot several variants of what was supposed to be inside the pod, with at least two getting to the shooting stage — either Ellen Ripley or Newt would be the occupant of the pods, with a facehugger-like breathing mask on their face. The eventual ending (the reveal of the "Predator-Killer" suit) was evidently shot very late in production, likely in reshoots.
    • Not helping matters was a publicized incident between cinematographer Larry Fong (largely known for incorporating CGI into all of his shots) called out a fan for criticizing an image of the Renegade Predator hoisting Quinn up in the air, and told the fan "You're wrong as fuck."
    • The film was days away from being locked for distribution when an urgent note was delivered ordering the production team to delete a scene featuring an actor named Steven Wilder Striegel. Olivia Munn, who acted opposite Striegel, discovered that he was a registered sex offender — and that while the studio didn't know about this, Black did, and cast him as a jogger who repeatedly tries to hit on Munn's character. During the subsequent world premiere and publicity tour at the Toronto International Film Festival, Munn was placed in the uncomfortable position of having to answer questions about that matter while trying to defend the film, and Black issued a statement saying that Striegel was a friend he wanted to help give a break to after the latter was struggling in Hollywood. Even worse, the scene in question was meant to be her character's original introduction — in the final cut, she appears with next-to-no explanation for who she is.
    • While the film did debut at the top of its opening weekend, the resulting theatrical run was a Box Office Bomb. It also set a new record for the worst opening weekend for film on more than 4,000 screens, $7 million lower than previous record holder The Mummy (2017).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the opportunity to return as Dutch because he wanted a bigger role than the cameo he was being offered. Apparently, he would just come out of a chopper at the film's end to greet the main characters and tell them the war had already started.
    • In an even crazier alternative, they also proposed two scrapped alternate endings tying into the Alien franchise: one where the sarcophagus was revealed to be a cryostasis pod somehow containing Ellen Ripley, and another where it contained Rebecca "Newt" Jordan from Aliens — seemingly a nod to Neill Blomkamp's cancelled Alien movie. These were apparently even shot, with Breanna Watkins playing both roles and replacing Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, but they were both scrapped.
    • Adrien Brody expressed interest in returning as Royce, but the producers had nothing for him.
    • Benicio del Toro was originally supposed to star in the lead role but he was replaced by Boyd Holbrook due to scheduling conflicts.
    • While little is known about the original cut before the reshoots, a leaked photo in Instagram showed two regular Predators allied with humans and riding an APC.
    • Keegan-Michael Key claims that he was trying to Shout-Out to Dolemite at some point in the movie, but the producers wouldn't have it.
  • You Look Familiar: Françoise Yip, who plays Cullen the tracking supervisor, previously appeared as Yutani in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.


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