Shane Black To Direct PREDATOR Reboot For Fox (Updated)
Predator is one of the most iconic sci-fi movie franchises out there. It kicked off with the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led original in 1987, and was followed by 1990’s Predator 2 and 2010’s Predators. It has also produced two crossover films with Alien in the Alien vs. Predator franchise. While a sequel to the 2010 film was planned, it looks like it has been shelved in favor of a full-fledged reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is developing a relaunch of the popular franchise. Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black is attached to direct, and will also write the treatment. He will then have his Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker work on the script, with Black overseeing drafting. Interestingly, Shane Black – also known for writing and directing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – actually appeared in the original Predator in a minor role.
The Predator reboot will be produced by John Davis and overseen by Fox’s Matt Reilly and Davis Entertainment’s Ira Napoliello. No details are known regarding casting or release yet. Black is additionally attached to Doc Savage and The Nice Guys, but it is unknown which of these three films will be produced first.
UPDATE: Collider has reached out to Black, who reveals that, “As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” his Predator movie is not a reboot. Rather, it is an “inventive sequel,” which he prefers over straight-up reboots. He adds, “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?”, and that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” This should serve as a relief to those who were not overly fond of the idea of a full reboot.