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Predator sequel: Monster costume getting new look, says director Shane Black

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The eponymous Predator monster is getting a new look. Director Shane Black, who’s working on what he called an “inventive sequel” to the franchise, spoke about creating a “fun” and “different” look for the monster in a new interview. 

“It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s [to] make it fun, make it different, make it organically different,” he told ComingSoon. “So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan [Winston]’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things.”

He continued, “Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a s— what color the suit is. In The Predator, we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.”

Plot details are still unknown, but Black recently said during a Town Hall on SiriusXM Entertainment Weekly Radio that he wants to make it an event film. “I want to get back to trying to reinvent it in the sort of way that it acquires that event feel that makes people want to treat it like a big movie,” he said, in part. 

Fox announced Predator will hit theaters on March 2, 2018.