Friday, June 27, 2014

PREDATOR Sequel Moving Forward With Shane Black Attached to Write and Direct


Shane Black
It's no surprise, really, that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with a new installment in the "Predator" franchise. What is surprising, though, is that Fox has chosen "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Iron Man 3" writer/director Shane Black to write and direct the movie. He will write the first treatment of the script, and then scripting duties will be handled by Fred Dekker. Although initially this bit of news came as a report about a reboot being in the works, things were clarified by Black himself.

Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the sequel: "As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway, why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine ?" He also added that he likes "the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button." Dekker and Black have worked together in the past on the action comedy "The Monster Squad", which Dekker directed and co-wrote with Black.

This sounds like a bold move on Fox's part, but one that could pay off. The previous attempt to reboot the franchise with 2010's "Predators" produced by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Nimrod Antal, did not turn out the way the studio was expecting, so this new attempt clearly requires a different approach that, hopefully, Shane Black can deliver.