by: Marcus Rivera
Growing up in the 80’s we were all witness to the booming action genre and no star was bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Running Man, Commando, The Terminator, Red Heat, but my personal favorite was Predator. There was a sequel, the less favorable Predator 2 and the 2010 Predators starring Adrian Brody. It’s been a while since we last heard about the new Predator movie that Shane Black is attached to direct, but we’ve got some good news: it’s still very much moving forward.
The Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & Iron Man 3 director signed on to direct and write a treatment for a new Predator movie last summer, enlisting his friend & Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker to pen the screenplay. Collider reports that, while initially reported as a reboot of the original film, Black—who appeared as an actor in the original and also contributed significantly to the script—subsequently revealed that the film is instead an “inventive sequel” that will mine the rich mythology of the franchise.
John Davis, who recently appeared at the Television Critics Association where he was discussing his new NBC series The Player, was asked if the Predator film was still happening to which he replied, “OH yes, you better believe it.” The producer went on to discuss what makes Black’s take so exciting & fresh:
“Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’…Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.”
Black just recently wrapped up work on the 1970s-set noir-ish pic The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe, which is slated for release next June. Davis would continue to rave about the work they’re churning out:
“Shane’s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They’ve been doing it together and Fred’s great. The two of them together, they’ve been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’ I mean he’s the guy who wrote Iron Man 3.”
It’s still unclear if this will be Black’s next film though. He’s developing the 1930s-set adventure pic Doc Savage and the Remo Williams adaptation The Destroyer at Sony Pictures, and he’s also has months before the release of The Nice Guys so he may not settle on his next film until early next year. I for one will be pulling for Black’s Predator sequel to be next on his plate, until then I suggest everyone “Run! Get to the chopper!” & let us know how you feel in our comment section!