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Although no mention is made in the movie, the character Keyes played by Jake Busey is the son of Peter Keyes, the government official from Predator 2 (1990) who died during the hunt for the Predator. Peter Keyes was played by Gary Busey, who is Jake's father in real life as well.
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Shane Black wrote Thomas Jane's character Baxley with Tourette's symptoms because Black has Tourette's.
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The film was directed and co-written by Shane Black, as a sequel to Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and Predators (2010). Shane Black played Hawkins in the original film.
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The film was originally conceived as a reboot of "Predator" until Shane Black came aboard and confirmed he would be making a sequel instead, as he wanted to continue to explore the "Predator" mythology.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the opportunity to return as Dutch.
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After the success of Iron Man Three (2013), Shane Black was approached by 20th Century Fox with an Iron Man 3 (2013)-sized budget to direct a new "Predator" movie, and he could not resist.
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Shane Black had gone on record stating he wanted this movie to be true to the spirit of the original, and for it to be R-rated, saying, "It's an odd thing. Whether Deadpool (2016) helped is an open question, but I suspect it did. I made a condition of my participation with 'Predator,' that it be the same rating as the first movie, and the first movie was rated R. In other words, I don't want to cut away every time the Predator does something violent. I was watching the American version of The Grudge (2004), which was PG-13, and I remember being so frustrated by the fact that everything that was scary in the Japanese version, they had to cut away from in the PG-13 American version."
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The line that discusses the validity of the name 'The Predator' when referring to the creature was taken from a conversation that Olivia Munn had with her sister who studied science prior to filming.
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Benicio Del Toro was originally supposed to star in the lead role but was replaced by Boyd Holbrook due to scheduling conflicts.
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Adrien Brody expressed interest in reprising his role from Predators (2010).
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When Casey Bracket (Munn) first enters the lab and is examining the recovered Predator items, one of the shelves in the background contains the Xenomorph Tail Spear from AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
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Shane Black confirmed via Twitter that the film will be rated R. He tweeted that "And, just to be clear... PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed... a lot." Black also tweeted "I am standing on set next to a 7-foot tall gentleman in a Predator suit - so no, it is not all CGI." This tweet confirmed that this movie will stay true to the original by having the Predator be played by a guy in a suit instead of CGI.
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Shane Black was cast in the original film, with the intention that he would re-write the script during production. However, he chose not to do so and the script was not rewritten.
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Shane Black revealed that the rough cut was so dark, it was nicknamed the Night Cut and led to reshooting the third act.
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Actor Steve Wilder (also known as 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 actress Olivia Munn informed the studio that he was arrested, charged, and registered as a sex offender in 2010 after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship via the internet. Director Shane Black (who had already cast Striegel in small roles in Iron Man Three (2013) and The Nice Guys (2016)) initially defended the casting as giving an old friend a second chance, but later apologized and took full responsibility for causing such controversy.
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When first seeing the Predator strapped to a table, Olivia Munn's character calls the creature "a beautiful motherfucker." This is a nod to the original Predator (1987) where Arnold Schwarzenegger calls the creature "one ugly motherfucker." This term has been used as a running gag throughout the sequels.
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Garry Chalk, who plays a postal worker in the film, is known as the voice of Transformer's Optimus Primal and occasionally Optimus Prime. Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, provided the Predator's voice in the original Predator (1987).
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According to reports from those involved in the film, leaked script and behind the scenes productions stills, Shane Black's original cut of the film had almost completely different third act which took place during day instead of night and it included the Loonies and the army joining up with newly arrived good Predators and then fighting with them against Upgrade and other Predator hybrids which he brought with him in his space ship, and originally the reason why Fugitive Predator was running from Upgrade is because he was trying to prevent him from stealing those hybrids back.

The early leaked behind the scenes stills showing Loonies and Predators dressed in army camouflage gear and driving an armored personnel carrier were from the original ending, which also included Rory helping the Loonies and others by flying Upgrade's spaceship, different deaths scenes, one of which was shown in another still picture where Coyle's mutilated body is covered with body parts from one of dead Predator hybrids, and the ending didn't included the sequel bait last scene like the final theatrical version of the film. However, following poor test screenings of original cut, the studio demanded big re-shoots and changes to be made on the film and specially the entire third act. One of the demands they had for the new third act was to add more action because they thought the original was too talky. This explains many plot holes, continuity mistakes and bad editing problems the movie suffers from.

Edward James Olmos had all of his scenes cut out due to this, since his character, an army general who had a big role in the original third act and throughout the rest of the original cut, no longer fit the new re-shot version of the film, and according to Olmos, his character was also cut out due to pacing issues and because movie was too long.

All of the trailers for the film and behind the scenes videos show many different deleted, extended and alternate scenes from the original cut and the original ending, like McKenna running across the streets while holding a gun, an explosion in army base when it gets attacked by Predator hybrids, Nebraska and McKenna riding on an APC, Nebraska shooting from a 50 caliber machine gun while he's on the APC, some other vehicle exploding and rolling over during the same scene, McKenna screaming "Come on", McKenna and Rory sitting together and McKenna looking at the sky and telling "Come and get us motherfuckers", which was originally part of the dialogue scene between him and Casey after they defeat Upgrade and realize that other Predators will arrive on Earth.
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It was recently revealed that 2 alternate endings of the predator killer were supposed to be of Ellen Ripley and Newt from Aliens. Although the original actors wern't present, 1 of the production designers posted on instagram pictures of people in the pod, one name displaying Ripley on a readout, the other Jordan (Rebecca Newt Jordan)
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When Dr. Bracket is escorted into the base for the first time, and the group starts to descend, the guard at the controls says, "Is it your imagination or is this room actually stretching?" This is a line from the Disney World attraction The Haunted Mansion.
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Despite being promoted as a hard-R movie, 20th Century Fox released a 'sanitized' cut in some countries, in which some of the profanities were dubbed into inoffensive language, a middle finger was blurred out, but all the violence is still intact.
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If you look closely at the school, the football field, and the barn in this movie, you'll recognize they're the same school, football field, and barn used on the TV show Smallville.
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The note left for Jacob Tremblay's character contains the phrase "I will cut you." This is a phrase also said by Bill Duke's character, Mac, in the original Predator.
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About 70 minutes into the film, If you look at the open door of the parked "Winnebago-type" mobile home being used, you can see a large "Warning" sign posted on the inside of the door. Typically, these signs are a caution that the vehicle has propane tank(s) on board; however, if you look closely at the sign, it reads: Warning: Due To Price Increase Of Ammo, Do Not Expect A Warning "Shot"
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The high school is named after the Predator producer Lawrence Gordon.
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Atypical for a movie written by Shane Black, the film does not take place during Christmas but during Halloween.
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Filming took place in British Columbia from February to June 2017, with the entire climax being reshot in July 2018 following poor test screenings.
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Woodruff Road is mentioned during a scene. Tom Woodruff Jr has worked on multiple Predator movies and the Alien series as a SFX expert.
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Directed and written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, the movie has attracted some derision especially in the UK for being "a Black & Dekker film" - which sounds like Black & Decker, the manufacturer of DIY power tools and accessories.
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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Shane Black): [Disarming a gunman]: Quinn McKenna takes a gun out of Casey's hand while she holds him at gunpoint. Black's screenplays often feature such scenes, e.g. The Last Boy Scout (1991), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
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Françoise Yip, who portrays the Tracking Supervisor in this film previously played Ms. Yutani in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
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The Predator's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2018.
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In a display cases in the lab where the predator is being held you can see several artifacts from previous predator movies. Two Predator masks from Predator 2 and Alien verses Predator, the retractable spear from Predator 2, the shoulder blaster from Alien versus Predator, the custom made spear with a Xenomorph tail from Alien versus Predator .
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John Hopkins University in this movie is a tribute to the directors of the the first two films of the franchise, John McTiernan and Stephen Hopkins. J.H.U. is a real university in Baltimore, MD that has a highly renowned medical school.
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Boyd Halbrook's character drops a homage piece of dialogue in the essence of "touch me again, and I'll kill you." This exact statement is said by Bruce Willis' character Joe Hallenbeck in a key scene from the film The Last Boy Scout. The Predator and The Last Boy Scout were both written by Shane Black.
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Olivia Munn is the first lead actress in the Predator series who is not of Latin American descent. Predator (1987) featured Elpidia Carrillo, Predator 2 (1990) included Maria Conchita Alonso, and Predators (2010) included Alice Braga. Munn is of Asian-American descent.
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Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn, and Boyd Holbrook all starred in a non-MCU Marvel movie. Jane was in The Punisher (2004), Munn was in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Holbrook was in Logan (2017).
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The poster of this film had the slogan, "You'll never see him coming." This was a quote similar to one said by the character The Mandarin in Iron Man Three (2013), "And you'll never see me coming." Both The Predator (2018) and Iron Man 3 (2013) were written and directed by Shane Black.
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Jacob Tremblay got to keep the prop box-cutter that his character is seen using in the film.
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This is the second time that Jacob Tremblay (Rory McKenna) and Thomas Jane (Baxley) have worked together. They previously starred in Before I Wake (2016).
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Both Mahershala Ali and Trevante Rhodes from Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight (2016) feature in the Predator film franchise. Ali appears in Predators (2010), while Rhodes features here in The Predator (2018).
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Boyd Holbrook pitched his script for The Thirst to John Davis while filming.
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The tree that falls near Quinn during the final battle was rendered entirely using CGI.
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When Casey Brackett enters the elevator, the man jokes, "is this haunted room actually stretching, or is it your imagination?". This is from the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland in California.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The original ending of the script features a cameo appearance by Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). After defeating the Super Predator, Quinn, Casey, and Rory are resting when a helicopter lands and Dutch, described with a "face haunted; etched by pain," steps out and tells the three of them he has to come with them. Schwarzenegger read the script and turned the offer down.
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The Predator shown in the teaser poster is actually the Crucified Predator from Predators (2010), identifiable by the damage to its Bio-Mask.
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In the Halloween scene when Rory first wears the bio-mask the original predator suit that Jean-Claude Van-Damme wore for the 1st Predator film is seen. That suit was eventually abandoned when John McTiernan and Stan Winston decided to redesign the creature.
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After the Loonies are escaping from the bus, they see some motorcycles parked nearby. Williams yells "get to the choppers!," a throwback to a line from Predator (1987) made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Dutch.
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This is the first Predator film in which a human is bitten by a Predator.
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This movie marks the first time in the series (including the Alien vs Predator spin-offs) that a Predator is killed by firearms, as McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) finishes the giant Predator off with headshots. Previous Predators were often wounded by bullets, but finally killed by being blown up, gutted, or decapitated.
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When the Super Predator announces the beginning of the hunt near the end of the film, the countdown seen on the computer screen looks and sounds exactly like the countdown of a Predator's wrist computer when it goes into self-destruct mode, as seen in Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
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Near the end of the film, Alfie Allen's character Lynch has his arm severed prior to being killed off. This might be a call back to Carl Weathers' character Dillon suffering the same fate in the original Predator (1987), and the the City Hunter being disarmed himself by Danny Glover's character Harrigan in Predator 2 (1990).
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Late in the movie Quinn McKenna is asked by Traeger to surrender as the Project Stargazer group had 7 men and the Loonies only had 6. A sniper took out one of the Stargazers to even the numbers and McKenna asks Traeger, "Who taught you math?" That same line is asked by Perry (Val Kilmer) to Harry (Robert Downey Jr.) in 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, also written by Shane Black.
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just past 74 minutes (1:14:20), Rory unlocks the door of the spaceship for Traeger and his men. When they walk in, they stop at the door of a storage room with a window. Looking closely, there appears to be a pair of eyes and a body inside it.
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When Rory McKenna inadvertently blows up the owner of the house he was trick-or-treating at, a quick glance at the house shows a marijuana flag mounted and the owner is portrayed as a 'stereotypical' pot head. The house's number was 420.
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This is only the second film in the series where a Predator kills a woman, when he stabs a female scientist in the heart with his claws and uses her body as a shield against bullets during his escape from the lab. The first time was in Aliens vs. Predator Requiem (2007), when Wolf's shuriken pins Jessie to the wall, bisecting her at the waist (though it was accidental).
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Around 81 minutes (1:21), Traeger is loading a pack with "Predator weapons". When he is surprised by the "space dog", he pulls his pistol out, but Stacy stops him. She grabs one of the weapons, and throws it to Baxley, who then tosses it into the back of a truck. This was all done to get the "space dog" to chase it (which it does). Traeger says "That was a valuable weapon." The weapon looks exactly like a cold air intake from a 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, an after market auto part.
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