The Predator is a 2018 novelization of the film of the same name, written by Christopher Golden and Mark Morris and published by Titan Books. It was released on September 18, 2018.[1]

As well as standard print editions, the novel was released simultaneously in audiobook format, read by James Patrick Cronin and published by Blackstone Audio.

Publisher's Summary

For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creatures that stalk mankind's finest warriors. Their goals unknown, these deadly hunters kill their prey and depart as invisibly as they arrived, leaving no trace other than a trail of bodies.

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

Differences from the Film

Notable differences between the novel and the film include:

  • The brief space dogfight between the Fugitive and the Upgrade is not seen in the novel, which instead starts as the Fugitive's ship emerges from the wormhole above Earth.[2]
  • In the film, the Fugitive's escape pod comes down mere metres from McKenna, but in the novel he has to walk for several minutes in order to reach it.[3]
  • As McKenna begins checking out the downed escape pod, it starts to rain.[3] Soon after this, he and Dupree are first alerted to the presence of something in the trees above when Dupree notices he isn't getting rained on.[4] In the film they instead hear Haines' radio echoing from the canopy.
  • The wrist gauntlet McKenna recovers is fitted with blades. It also fires an energy projectile at the Fugitive, not a circular saw as in the film.[5]
  • In the film, the gauntlet on McKenna's wrist ejects the cloaking sphere seemingly automatically, but in the book it is the result of McKenna fiddling with the buttons on the device as he flees. He immediately discovers the sphere's use, using it to help him escape unnoticed from the jungle.[6] In the film, he does not apparently activate it until he is in the bar.
  • Instead of intimidating the cantina bartender with the cloaking sphere, McKenna beats up two aggressive patrons who try to start a fight with him.[7]
  • Instead of merely taunting him, Derek and EJ physically attack Rory, kicking him as he cowers on the floor.[8]
  • Casey has two dogs in the book, as opposed to only one in the film.[9]
  • Before Casey is approached by Church and the other Stargazer men, she has to deal with a jogger who clumsily attempts to seduce her.[10] This scene was filmed for the movie but deleted from the final cut.
  • Before his interrogation at the Veterans Administration, McKenna is made to wear an orange convict jumpsuit.[11] There are two other men present in the room during his interrogation, and during the interview it is revealed that the hostages he was attempting to save in Mexico were DEA agents whose cover had been blown.[11]
  • The helicopter used by Stargazer is an HH-60 Pave Hawk.[12] In the film, Traeger and his men instead use a Eurocopter EC130.
  • Upon entering the guard shack at the Stargazer facility, Casey has her retinas and palms scanned to verify her identity.[13]
  • Keyes briefly mentions his father, stating that he was in charge of one of the first teams to make contact with a Predator.[14]
  • McKenna falls asleep on the prison bus and dreams about Rory humiliating himself while playing in a peewee baseball game. When one of the other fathers verbally abuses him, McKenna assaults him.[15]
  • Coyle and Baxley's positions on the bus are reversed — Coyle is at the back while Baxley is at the front, near the guards.[16]
  • Baxley does not have Tourette's like in the film.[17]
  • In the movie, the Loonies laugh off McKenna's story of alien visitation (with Coyle labelling him "crazier than the rest of us"), but in the novel they accept it without question or comment.[18]
  • While looking through images on the tablet inside the Stargazer lab, Casey sees a photograph of Sean Keyes' father.[19] This scene was filmed but not used.
  • The Kujhad does not have the ability to project complex holograms, but instead features a small screen-like display on its surface.[20]
  • The Upgrade's incoming spacecraft is detected by a female tracking supervisor named Anya Martin.[21] In the film, Anya's role was replaced by a male technician named Hamlin, although the version featuring Anya was apparently filmed.
  • Church's fate is not revealed in the film, but in the novel he is killed trying to flee the Stargazer lab when the Fugitive hurls a scalpel across the room and through his neck.[22]
  • In the movie, Keyes is accidentally shot by one of the guards at the Stargazer lab but apparently survives his injuries. In the book, however, he is killed by the Fugitive, who beheads him before also cutting off his hand, taking both so that he can bypass the retina and palmprint scanners barring the exit.[23] After opening the door, the Fugitive discards the dismembered body parts and Keyes' head is repeatedly crushed by the elevator-style sliding doors as they attempt to close.[24]
  • Three F-22s are sent to shoot down the Upgrade's ship, as opposed to just two in the film. Instead of engaging them in a dogfight with a Plasmacaster mounted on his ship, in the book the Upgrade instead unleashes some form of energy pulse that destroys all three fighters simultaneously.[25]
  • Following the Fugitive's breakout, a brief added scene shows Traeger surveying the ruined lab and realizing that Casey has stolen the vial.[26]
  • The Fugitive disables the bus with a Shuriken rather than firing his Wristblade at it, and the vehicle actually topples over onto its side in the ensuing crash.[27]
  • When saving Casey from the mercenary about to shoot her, McKenna jumps his motorcycle onto the man, crushing him to death.[28]
  • The motel the Loonies lie low at is called the Iron Horse Motel.[29] In the film is is called the Hum Dinger Motel.
  • Before Casey wakes up, Coyle and Baxley watch a program on television in which a news anchor stages a sting operation for a suspected pedophile.[30]
  • While at the motel, Nettles gets into a fight with an aggressive biker.[31] This scene was filmed, but featured Lynch instead of Nettles.
  • Nettles apparently wins the guns and RV that the team uses in a game of poker with their original owner.[32]
  • When Rory is playing with the Fugitive's mask, he does not see the recording of Predators subjecting another of their kind to enforced experimentation.
  • Before entering his house to look for Rory, McKenna and the Loonies set up in some bushes across the street and conduct surveillance. As they watch, Traeger arrives to question his wife as to his whereabouts.[33] This scene was filmed but not used.
  • While prowling the neighborhood looking for Rory, McKenna talk to Casey about his son.[34]
  • A brief added scene shows how Nebraska obtains the patrol car he is driving while looking for Rory — he steals it from a neighborhood security guard who stops to check out the house Rory destroyed.[35]
  • Before McKenna and the Loonies arrive at the playing field to rescue Rory, he is discovered by a security guard, who is then killed by one of the Predator Hounds.[37]
  • The Fugitive does not grab Nettles when confronting the Loonies outside Rory's School, and instead of blowing up a car to intimidate the Loonies into laying down their weapons, it shoots a street light.[38]
  • The confrontation between the Fugitive and the Upgrade is somewhat different in the novel. Rather than pulling the Fugitive out of the school though a window, the Upgrade Predator smashes its arm through a solid wall and tosses the Fugitive aside, before breaking through into the building itself.[39] Their fight then takes place (mostly off-screen) within the school, and ends with the Upgrade hanging the Fugitive with a Noose above the main staircase. The Upgrade then jerks the Noose tight, the razor-sharp wire beheading the Fugitive.[40]
  • The Upgrade does not feature a layer of natural armor that it can form beneath its skin as in the film,[41] but instead wears traditional Predator armor.[42]
  • During the brief fight with the Stargazer mercenaries in the McKenna home, the Upgrade tears out a man's spine and uses it garrote another.[43]
  • Throughout the book, there is no mention of climate change leading to an increase in the frequency of Predator visitations, nor of an impending Predator invasion as a result of Earth's climate becoming more attractive to them.
  • While Traeger and his men are interrogating McKenna and Casey at the barn, Rory overhears Sapir having a conversation via Skype with a cryptographer who is trying to decipher the entry code for the Fugitive's ship.[44]
  • After Casey blows up the mercenary in the barn, the friendly Predator Hound retrieves his severed head.[45]
  • The helicopter the Loonies steal belongs to the lingerie chain Victoria's Secret, and is bright pink as a result.[46] In the film, they appropriate a news chopper.
  • The Loonies do not launch their attack on the Ark site until after the Upgrade has begun its assault.[47] During the battle, McKenna and Rory hide beneath the Ark's open access ramp, not behind a Stargazer SUV.
  • Among the Upgrade's arsenal are exploding cuffs that it attaches to its victims before detonating them. It sues at least one of these during its raid on the Ark site.[48]
  • Traeger does not execute the mercenary who accidentally cuts off his own hand with a Predator Shuriken.[49] Instead, the man is left behind and killed by the Upgrade, who tears out his skull and spine while he is till alive.[50]
  • When Coyle and Baxley stay behind to lure the Upgrade into the ambush, Coyle yells a joke — "What's the difference between a golf ball and the G-spot?" — reasoning that if the Upgrade laughs it will give away its position.[51] After they are chased back to the others, Baxley realises the punchline would have been, "A guy might actually look for a golf ball."[52]
  • The novel clarifies that Traeger unintentionally shoots himself because of the adrenaline that is released into his bloodstream when his pants are set aflame, which trips the Plasmacaster's mental trigger.[53] In the film, it seems as though he simply shoots himself accidentally when Casey distracts him.
  • Coyle is not disembowelled by the Upgrade's Wristblade, but instead has his leg chopped off. As in the film, he shoots Baxley to end his suffering, but Baxley does not return the favor and Coyle instead dies of his injuries.[54]
  • Unlike the film, where the hunt and showdown with the Upgrade is essentially one continuous action scene, in the novel it is split into two. After being seriously wounded in the ambush, the Upgrade flees, with McKenna and Nebraska pursuing. In a blind panic, it stumbles over a cliff into the river below, and McKenna and Nebraska assume it is dead.[55] Returning to the others, they take several hours to restock and bury their dead, before making for their helicopter to leave the area. It is only once they reach it that the Upgrade returns, destroying the chopper with its Plasmacaster before kidnapping Rory.[56]
  • Nebraska does not intentionally jump into the engine of the Upgrade's ship to bring it down and merely falls to his death once he is trapped outside the shield.[57] The ship is brought down when McKenna hits the control console inside the vessel while trying to shoot the Upgrade.[58]
  • Casey uses a motorcycle to reach the Upgrade crash site, thereby explaining how she is able to travel such a great distance so quickly.[59]
  • The explosive the Predator Hound brings to Casey (and which McKenna then uses the mortally wound the Upgrade) is one of the Upgrade's explosive collar weapons, not a mine as in the film.[60]
  • The entire epilogue scene, in which McKenna and Rory are taken to a government lab and shown the Predator Killer suit, is absent in the novel. Instead, the book ends with McKenna looking to the sky after burying the Loonies' mementos and goading the Predators to "come and get us".[61] This was filmed but not used, replaced by the lab scene.

Audiobook

Simultaneous with the physical release, Blackstone Audio produced an unabridged audiobook of Christopher Golden and Mark Morris' novelization, read by James Patrick Cronin. The audiobook runs for 7 hours and 58 minutes.

Trivia

  • Christopher Golden was originally contracted to write the novelization single-handedly, and had finished and turned in a completed book before being handed a second, heavily-modified draft of the script (presumably reflecting the dramatic changes made to the final act of the film in post-production) and was asked to rewrite the novel accordingly. Due to the sheer quantity of changes and Golden's involvement in another project, Golden and Morris' mutual agent requested more funding from the publisher to allow Morris to rework the Golden's first draft.[62]
  • At one point, Traeger mentions, "We've even got unconfirmed reports of [the Predators] abducting people. For sport."[63] This is an obvious nod to the events of Predators.

Goofs

  • The novel states that Keyes, Jr.'s first name is Shawn. However, in other media the character's first name is spelt Sean.

References

  1. "CataList - The Predator: The Official Movie Novelization". Retrieved on 2017-12-21.
  2. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 7 (2018), Titan Books.
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  8. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 36 (2018), Titan Books.
  9. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 42 (2018), Titan Books.
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  12. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 57 (2018), Titan Books.
  13. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 59 (2018), Titan Books.
  14. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 63 (2018), Titan Books.
  15. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 69 (2018), Titan Books.
  16. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 70 (2018), Titan Books.
  17. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 71 (2018), Titan Books.
  18. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 73 (2018), Titan Books.
  19. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 75 (2018), Titan Books.
  20. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 83 (2018), Titan Books.
  21. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 86 (2018), Titan Books.
  22. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 92 (2018), Titan Books.
  23. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 94 (2018), Titan Books.
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  40. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 183 (2018), Titan Books.
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  62. "Sci-Fi Bulletin - Interview: Mark Morris (New Fears 2)". Retrieved on 2018-10-10.
  63. Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 90 (2018), Titan Books.

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