Shane Black Tapped to Pen Predators Reboot

6/24/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


It seems like most blockbuster movies these days are either sequels or reboots. Hollywood is clearly considering franchises to be their new bread and butter. In the last few years we've seen the revival of several classic long dead franchises, such as Alien (Prometheus), Dredd, Robocop, Star Trek, Total Recall, Godzilla, and incoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman (again), Mad Max, Star Wars, and many many others.

The newest film to be added to the list is Predator. Although predator did see what was supposed to be a soft reboot with the 2010 Robert Rodreguez movie, Predators (which I was a big fan of), it apparently didn't catch on with audiences enough, because Fox has hired Shane Black--of Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang fame--to pen a Predator reboot.

Prior to Predators, the last installment was the ill fated Predator 2 with Danny Glover and Garey Busey in 1990 (not counting any Alien vs Predator crossovers). The decision for this movie to be a reboot is somewhat confusing, as there are no elements of the existing films that should cause major conflict for this movie. It would be more interesting to incorporate the existing world building that has taken place to add another installment to the loosely structured franchise.

Prometheus was a somewhat polarizing film, but it would be cool to see a similar route from this movie to maintain some sense of continuity, or even an indirect sequel to Predators. Obviously, this film has a long way to go before it hits the big screen, but John Davis, who produced the original, is also producing this "reboot," and he originally wanted Shane Black to take a look at the script for that movie (even giving Shane a role as an attempt to woo him in), but Shane denied. It's highly possible there was a much better movie left on the table back in the 1980s and John Davis wants to take this opportunity to have Shane Black bring it to the big screen.

Who knows, this movie might not even make it to the big screen, since the only known attachment thus far is John Davis as producer and Shane Black as writer.  No cast, director, or release date has been announced yet, but it will land itself think in the middle of sequel and reboot central if it comes out anytime between now and 2020.


Source: THR

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