According to Syfy, Dark Horse comics will yet again adapt an unused screenplay from the Alien & Predator universe…this time being the original 1987 Predator screenplay. Split across five issues, the series will be written by Jeremey Barlow (Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood) with art by Patrick Blaine (Star Wars: Empire) and Any Owens (Tomb Raider), who’s doing the ink work.
Originally written in 1984 by James E. Thomas and John C. Thomas, the project was originally titled “Hunters” and focused on a unit of military specialists on a classified mission. Talking with Barlow, Syfy Wire received the following comments:
“There’s excitement in seeing what might have been…The bones of Predator are there, but the original idea was so different and in some ways, much deeper than what the movie became — and we lean hard into those differences. Turn all of that over to a pair of dynamic artists like Patrick Blaine and Andy Owens, and the results are spectacular. Predator fans are going to lose their minds!”
Blaine adds during the interview:
“The first Predator movie is such an iconic, cultural classic, to be involved with Dark Horse, re-imagining it from the original script, is an artist’s dream come true! Jeremy Barlow’s script adaptation has been a pure joy to work from, and I think fans of the genre will enjoy this wild new ride through a familiar old tale!”
Predator: The Original Screenplay #1 goes on sale Wednesday, June 10.