Shane Black Directing Predator Reboot - Update

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Shane Black Directing Predator Reboot - Update

Shane Black

The 1987 classic Predator is being rebooted, with Shane Black at the helm.

Update: Looks like the reports that Shane Black and Fred Dekker were working on the Predator reboot neglected to clarify one thing: the new Predator movie is actually an "inventive sequel," not a reboot.

It turns out Black is actually not a fan of reboots, stating, "As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway, why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine?"

Source: Collider

Original Story: Hollywood's obsession with reboots continues: 20th Century Fox is rebooting the 1987 classic Predator.

Predator is the action movie that immortalized the phrase "Get to the Chopper!," originally starring Arnold Schwarzenegger going head-to-head with the elusive Predator creature in middle of a Central American jungle. Twenty-seven years later the film is being rebooted, and the person undertaking this momentous task is none other than Shane Black, the director behind Iron Man 3 and screenwriter for Lethal Weapon.

Shane Black is reported to write the project treatment, but Fred Dekker will take on scriptwriting responsibilities. Dekker is the director and writer for RoboCop 3, and he also co-wrote Monster Squad with Black.

Shane Black is attached to direct.

To further ease our worries, John Davis, one of the producers of the 1980 original will also be producing this iteration of the film.

Black has an interesting history with the Predator series: he was approached several times in 1986 during both the pre-production and production phases of the movie to take a look at the script and give his input. He turned the studio down each time. He did eventually accept a small role in the film as radio operator Rick Hawkins.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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It's not like the film could be any worse than Iron Man 3 (MY GERSH DERN ERRPERRNYEN) right...? *nervous chuckle* C'mon guys, someone back me up here.

I suppose this will be the film to win the year's award for "Most Unnecessary Remake".

Just what a Predator movie needs: cutesy self conscious in-jokes and winks to the audience. Oh and it has the Robocop 3 director helping out? This is gonna be gold!

But.. But .. GAH no! This'll be the third reboot? If you count Predators as a reboot.
*sigh*
Now Hollywood is just going crazy..

zelda2fanboy:
Just what a Predator movie needs: cutesy self conscious in-jokes and winks to the audience. Oh and it has the Robocop 3 director helping out? This is gonna be gold!

I hope they take it to the next level by putting in a laugh track after all of the repeats of lines from the original.

I'm sort of curious about what they are going to change to justify calling it a reboot instead of a remake. Probably something about a sinister corporation doing twisted experiments to create the ultimate investment banker and instead unleashing a predator on the world. Bent on destroying the economy it starts heading towards the USA to sell people terrible financial products, but the corporation call 'Murica for help. A crack team of commandos are brought out of retirement for one last job and are airlifted in to some foreign place south of the border by a veteran 'choppa' pilot played by Schwarzenegger who will say 'I'll be back!' which everyone will love. The rest can write itself.

I would post a GIF of someone banging their head on a desk over and over, but I'm too busy doing it in real life.

Only if they bring back Jean Claude Van Damme and the original Predator design.

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Didn't they already remake Predator a few years ago? Why do it again? WHY I ASK YOU! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

This is unfortunate, but since it's going to happen, and somebody must be at the helm, I guess Shane Black is the most logical choice, historically speaking.

For the people who love commentary, I highly recommend the ultimate edition of Predator.

But...why? I guess Honest Trailers wasn't kidding when they said, "What are they going to reboot next? Die Hard?" Seriously, they've done Robot Cop, working on Terminator, and now Predator. Die Hard is the only one left.

We don't need a Predator reboot. the original film has aged fine. We can still just go watch that. Why is this happening? Sigh...

EDIT: Good. Glad to see that it's not a reboot. Someone forgot to do some fact checking it seems, but this makes me extremely happy. :-)

Makabriel:
But.. But .. GAH no! This'll be the third reboot? If you count Predators as a reboot.

MrBrightside919:
Didn't they already remake Predator a few years ago? Why do it again? WHY I ASK YOU! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Actually Predators was indeed a sequel. One of the character's back story was that she was a government agent that knew full well what the Predators were, having knowledge of both Arnold and Danny Glover's encounters with the alien hunter.

More towards the topic, I'll go ahead and display my fanboy card and bring some light to this comment section. Personally it doesn't matter how they do it or what they do with it, I just love me some Predator action. I'm one of the few people that apparently enjoyed Predator 2 as much as the first movie, and I also enjoyed Predators as much as both its predecessors. And yes, I liked BOTH of the AvP movies, damnit! :P

The last movie I saw in theaters was, coincidentally enough, Iron Man 3. Looks like I'll be heading back to catch this one as well. But I've always had weird tastes. For instance: I actually enjoyed Anchorman 2. :P

It will not have...

Arnie saying - Get to the choppa! & If it bleeds, we can kill it.

Bill Duke saying - You're ghostin' us, motherfu*ker. I don't care who you are back in the world, you give away our position one more time, I'll bleed ya, real quiet. Leave ya here. Got that?

Jessie Ventura saying - I ain't got time to bleed.

and many more, basically it won't be Predator so why bother.

RJ 17:

More towards the topic, I'll go ahead and display my fanboy card and bring some light to this comment section. Personally it doesn't matter how they do it or what they do with it, I just love me some Predator action. I'm one of the few people that apparently enjoyed Predator 2 as much as the first movie, and I also enjoyed Predators as much as both its predecessors. And yes, I liked BOTH of the AvP movies, damnit! :P

I agree, I loved pretty much all the movies with the Predator in it. But just continue the franchise. Why reboot it?

KaZuYa:
It will not have...

Arnie saying - Get to the choppa! & If it bleeds, we can kill it.

Bill Duke saying - You're ghostin' us, motherfu*ker. I don't care who you are back in the world, you give away our position one more time, I'll bleed ya, real quiet. Leave ya here. Got that?

Jessie Ventura saying - I ain't got time to bleed.

and many more, basically it won't be Predator so why bother.

or even worse it will have some dick saying some of those lines and then effectively grinning/winking to camera...

i don't think these people understand or care why the original(s) are much loved in the first place.

they seem to work mostly off the back of "name recognition" if anything...to get stupids in the door and fleece them...

its like when they brought in "Heroic Deadmines" in wow...and there wasn't any of what people actually liked about the Deadmines left when they'd finished...

Predator doesn't need "a reboot".

a sequel to Robert Rodriguez Predators would probably have been fairly well received and was set up at the end of that film.

frankly...they could have taken that ending almost anywhere....

but this...will probably go down like a lead balloon...and in all likelihood stands a good chance of killing the franchise stone dead tbth...

or does anyone think the new robocop is gonna spawn 2 sequels and 4 TV shows off its back ? anyone ? thought not.

i maintain that reboots don't "reinvigorate a franchise" at all...rather, almost always, they just lessen its strength in the public imagination over the longer term...or to put it another way "reboots" tend to hurt "franchises" more than anything else...imo potentially far more than a well thought out direct sequel...

Sniper Team 4:
But...why? I guess Honest Trailers wasn't kidding when they said, "What are they going to reboot next? Die Hard?" Seriously, they've done Robot Cop, working on Terminator, and now Predator. Die Hard is the only one left.

Lethal Weapon. I don't think we need to worry about a Die Hard reboot until Bruce Willis retires from acting.

Makabriel:

RJ 17:

More towards the topic, I'll go ahead and display my fanboy card and bring some light to this comment section. Personally it doesn't matter how they do it or what they do with it, I just love me some Predator action. I'm one of the few people that apparently enjoyed Predator 2 as much as the first movie, and I also enjoyed Predators as much as both its predecessors. And yes, I liked BOTH of the AvP movies, damnit! :P

I agree, I loved pretty much all the movies with the Predator in it. But just continue the franchise. Why reboot it?

Yeah, that's why I prefer to look at it as "Well at least they're rebooting something I'm actually interested in this time." :P

tehroc:

Lethal Weapon. I don't think we need to worry about a Die Hard reboot until Bruce Willis retires from acting.

In which case, we only need to worry about a Die Hard sequel.

Oh for fuck's sake...

Why not build on a franchise, rather than constantly starting from square one?

EDIT - Ok, just read the update, and now I'm pretty stoked to see where they go with this.

Makabriel:
But.. But .. GAH no! This'll be the third reboot? If you count Predators as a reboot.
*sigh*
Now Hollywood is just going crazy..

no technically it was a sequel it just didn't have much to do with either of the first two movies iirc they mention the encounter with the first predator in predators

Usually I won't knock something out, because you can make a good movie out of anything. This however, no, just no. Predator doesn't really need a reboot, it just needs another thriller with game hunting alien Jamaicans, like Predators.

Calling it a reboot just puts a bad taste in every bodies mouth.

Update: Mooch better.

If it's a musical I could be down with this:

Otherwise, I'm well used to my treasured memories from the 80s being exhumed and desecrated by this point, after giving Robocop a stun gun, what's the worst they can do? Make the predator a misunderstood sympathetic creature that got left alone and is all terrified in a world of scary humans?

This, just like the original Robocop, needed no reboot. Go back and watch it. IT'S STILL GOOD! I would literally rather watch a digital super duper delux remaster of the original instead of a reboot!

Hollywood, you're idiots. You will always be idiots, and I hope the movie flops to prove once again reboots are pointless.

Doesnt sound good. Seriously though why dont they ever reboot these movies with passion and originality. Or even look to the comics to get some ideas for a movie and not another crappy remake. Why not have it set in snow (like one of the comics) instead of a remake in a jungle. Atleast if they made it fairly gory and violent and make the Predator more like the original instead of stupid overly large extendo-claws version in AvP. What about doing something completely different and set it in the past being that we know the Predator has visited the Earth tons of times. WW2 or Iraq? Or maybe like The Thing except its a Predator. Alas i fear it will be a charmless remake like all the others.

Fuck yeah, Shane Black.

Seriously, I'm loving the choice. There isn't a Shane Black movie that I've watched and haven't enjoyed. I'm really curious to see what kind of angle he'll approach this from: either a straight up reboot or a soft boot like Predators. I'm thinking the latter, but I'm excited wither way.

What they haven't told you is that the story will be based on Predator: Concrete Jungle

On a serious note what Arnold actioneer will they remake next Running man? Commando? Twins?

Sniper Team 4:
But...why? I guess Honest Trailers wasn't kidding when they said, "What are they going to reboot next? Die Hard?" Seriously, they've done Robot Cop, working on Terminator, and now Predator. Die Hard is the only one left.

We don't need a Predator reboot. the original film has aged fine. We can still just go watch that. Why is this happening? Sigh...

Well, there's still Rambo, Rocky, Indiana Jones and probably some others I'm forgetting, including more obscure properties. So yeah, this reboot craze can go on for quite some time if the folks in charge feel like staying that course.

Would have preferred they just let Rodriguez make another sequel, only with a better budget.
(Seriously, he made it for $40 million and it grossed $127,234,389)

Thought it he did quite well with Predators honestly, certainly captured the feel of the original much better than the AvP trash that had preceded it.

God I hope the rumors that have persisted since this thing was first rumored aren't true though: John Cena as the lead...*shudder*

So how are they going to fuck up the Predator's design? These reboots feel the need to strip everything unique about the original, so I'm guessing the fishnets and bare chest will be gone, and it won't have mandibles.

Why do people insist on rebooting things that still hold up perfectly well today? Heck, what would the difference between a reboot and a sequel even be, besides being able to give people the same names?

post update edit: It's nice to see Shane Black agrees. Perhaps the Escapist could save itself some time and make sure it gets the facts strait before getting people worked up over nothing.

RJ 17:

Makabriel:
But.. But .. GAH no! This'll be the third reboot? If you count Predators as a reboot.

MrBrightside919:
Didn't they already remake Predator a few years ago? Why do it again? WHY I ASK YOU! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Actually Predators was indeed a sequel. One of the character's back story was that she was a government agent that knew full well what the Predators were, having knowledge of both Arnold and Danny Glover's encounters with the alien hunter.

More towards the topic, I'll go ahead and display my fanboy card and bring some light to this comment section. Personally it doesn't matter how they do it or what they do with it, I just love me some Predator action. I'm one of the few people that apparently enjoyed Predator 2 as much as the first movie, and I also enjoyed Predators as much as both its predecessors. And yes, I liked BOTH of the AvP movies, damnit! :P

The last movie I saw in theaters was, coincidentally enough, Iron Man 3. Looks like I'll be heading back to catch this one as well. But I've always had weird tastes. For instance: I actually enjoyed Anchorman 2. :P

How anybody can enjoy the Alien Vs Predator: Requiem is beyond me. You can't fucking see anything in that movie! There is absolutely no light at all whatsoever.

Can't be any worse then Predators, I found that movie freaking boring not to mention kinda pointless, what was Fishburne's character again... aaaw, who cares.

I never really got how this franchise or or Alien's lasted this long. The first films were great with tons of room for expansion and were followed with decent sequels but from then on both franchises were just awful.

Hollywood, where nothing will EVER die.

Kenbo Slice:
How anybody can enjoy the Alien Vs Predator: Requiem is beyond me. You can't fucking see anything in that movie! There is absolutely no light at all whatsoever.

True facts, someone actually thought it was a good idea to zoom in as close as possible and combine blurry cam with strobe lighting, freaking genius.

Kenbo Slice:
How anybody can enjoy the Alien Vs Predator: Requiem is beyond me. You can't fucking see anything in that movie! There is absolutely no light at all whatsoever.

I don't claim to be a fanboy of much, but I will say that I'm a fanboy of Aliens and Predators. I don't have any Alien or Predator merchandise, really. I just really, really like both franchises. So personally, I loved AvP:R. I mean come on! DOUBLE SHOULDER-CANNONS!!!! :P

Oh, and the whip was pretty sweet too. :3

Ever since the first AvP shooter on PC waaaaaaaaay back in 1999 I've been a completely biased fan. I loved playing as a Predator. I loved playing as an Alien. And I've yet to play a game more that's had me more jumpy and scared than the Marine campaign...except, of course, for the Marine campaign in AvP2 for PC.

Soooooo yeah, any I'll take any chance to see aliens and/or predators up on the big screen.

All that said, however, I do still say that Colonial Marines fucking sucked. :P

RJ 17:

Kenbo Slice:
How anybody can enjoy the Alien Vs Predator: Requiem is beyond me. You can't fucking see anything in that movie! There is absolutely no light at all whatsoever.

I don't claim to be a fanboy of much, but I will say that I'm a fanboy of Aliens and Predators. I don't have any Alien or Predator merchandise, really. I just really, really like both franchises. So personally, I loved AvP:R. I mean come on! DOUBLE SHOULDER-CANNONS!!!! :P

Oh, and the whip was pretty sweet too. :3

Ever since the first AvP shooter on PC waaaaaaaaay back in 1999 I've been a completely biased fan. I loved playing as a Predator. I loved playing as an Alien. And I've yet to play a game more that's had me more jumpy and scared than the Marine campaign...except, of course, for the Marine campaign in AvP2 for PC.

Soooooo yeah, any I'll take any chance to see aliens and/or predators up on the big screen.

All that said, however, I do still say that Colonial Marines fucking sucked. :P

Yeah double laser cannons are cool, BUT YOU CAN'T SEE THEM!

So bad

Kenbo Slice:
Yeah double laser cannons are cool, BUT YOU CAN'T SEE THEM!

So bad

To be fair, I will acknowledge that you do have a perfectly valid point. On the other hand, watching that montage just made me want to watch the movie again. :3

Could the lighting be better? Yeah. That's the price of having the movie set at night. Still, I can't really see the action of this movie happening in the middle of the day...as Newt tells us: "They mostly come at night...mostly." Still, the first movie had better lighting and it took place in an ancient pyramid buried beneath the ice. :P

Even so, the predator in AvP:R is just too much of a badass for me to say I didn't thoroughly enjoy that movie.

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