Shane Black Writing Treatment & Directing the Reboot of 'Predator'
Since the pseudo sequel Predators didn't really do much to reinvigorate the franchise, it's time to reboot the 20th Century Fox action classic Predator. THR has word that Lethal Weapon franchise writer and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has been commissioned to write a treatment for the reboot and direct the film. Black actually has an interesting history with Predator, because he was actually given the opportunity to polish the script for the original 1986 film, but turned it down twice. But Black, also an occasional actor, was offered a small role in the film, which the studio tried to use to convince him to rewrite the script on set.
This time, Black won't be writing the script either, as it will actually be handled by Fred Dekker, who co-wrote Monster Squad with Black back in 1987 (these two have known each other since college. The original film's producer John Davis is back in the same capacity, but without Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon this time. The question is just how different will the reboot be, and will still go with the iconic design of the creature? With the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the creature itself is one of the most recognizable and revered movie monsters, and redesigning it for a reboot will probably piss a lot of people off. At the very least, hopefully Black's involvement will quell some fears. Thoughts?
UPDATE: For those who were concerned what a reboot might mean for the legacy of Predator and the iconic creature of the film franchise, we have some good news. Collider recently spoke to Shane Black to clarify some information about this report, and the filmmaker says the film he's working on with Fred Dekker is actually an "inventive sequel." So don't count on seeing a new version of the Predator in the film. Black adds, "Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” That absolutely puts us at ease about this project. Carry on.