Nuke the Fridge reported a few days ago that filmmaker Shane Black was in charge of rebooting the “Predator” franchise for 20th Century Fox. Yes, Black will be in charge, but the film will not be a remake. Black has created a fan following with such films as “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” He is known for his signature tone and style. Creating a “Predator” sequel is more in line with his vision of filmmaking than to restart the whole project from scratch. In addition, he has demonstrated that he has the directing chops to handle a large budget film like “Iron Man 3.”
The website Collider contacted Black to clarify the news on his attachment to the Predator franchise. He did confirm that he and writer Fred Dekker are actually envisioning an “inventive sequel” with this iteration, which is to say it’s really not a reboot at all. Black continued:
“As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway. Why start over, when you’ve (got) all this rich mythology yet to mine?”
Black is not a fan of remakes, but can “really get behind inventive sequels,” noting he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” He did say Dekker is perfect for the project, and went on to add that the two had a blast writing the screenplay for “The Monster Squad” film together. With their previous success at collaborating, it does stand to reason that they can give fans what they want for a “Predator” sequel.
Black and Dekker are planning a fresh approach to the story of the alien hunter, but want to stay in line with the spirit of the original film. With a rich history on film and in writing for the race known by humans as “Predators,” there is sure a wealth of mythology yet untouched. What elements Black and Dekker will use are under wraps at this time. Surely, the two will give fans a few surprises along the way.
Fox executive Matt Reilly is overseeing the sequel, along with Ira Napoliello for John Davis’ Davis Entertainment. No news as to when the “Predator” sequel is scheduled to begin production.