In a world of reboots, some of the more recent announcements have pretty much let Hollywood yell out loud “NOTHING IS OFF LIMITS!” We hear ya Big H…..loud and clear.
** *See below for an update to this story**
There have been some major surprises in the reboot world (Star Trek, Robocop, Terminator) and it looks like we’re in for another. 20th Century Fox is in the progress of adding the classic 1987 flim Predator to that list. A recent announcement made by the studio has Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) sitting in the driver’s seat right now. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter:
Black will write the treatment for the project, then will hand over scripting duties to Fred Dekker, his university chum with whom he wrote 1987’s Monster Squad. Black will oversee the writing and is also attached to direct.
I could say that as a HUGE fan of Iron Man 3 that I’m stoked for the news. But that wouldn’t be the truth. Instead I can say that as a HUGE fan of Monster Squad – I’m stoked! When the Robert Rodriguez Predators film came out I actually enjoyed it very much. There wasn’t a lot fanfare over it thought sadly because I would’ve loved to see a sequel through his eyes. What if Rodriguez got this nod instead of Black? Anyway, as always it’ll be interesting to see what liberties are taken with the original source material, if Arnie will get a cameo, or if Black will decide to show/destroy all the suits we were looking forward to in less than ten minutes at the end of the movie. Wait………maybe not that last one.
A parting fun fact: Shane Black portrayed ‘Hawkins’ who was part of Schwarzenegger’s elite commando unit in the flim! Speaking of which, here’s the original trailer to wet your appetite again. Enjoy!
Collider was able to get in touch with the director pretty quickly about this news. Black goes on describe how he and Dekker are envisioning the project as an “inventive sequel” and “definitely not a reboot.” Here’s the real scoop on what Black and Dekker (no pun intended) are really doing:
As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.