Shane Black is easily one of our favorite screenwriters and when he made the jump to directing it was such a thrill to see him become successful. After a critical hit and cult following for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and earning over billion dollars at box office with Iron Man 3, it’s a dream to see him tackle The Predator next.
The writer-director has history with the franchise as he was originally asked by producer Joel Silver to be a script consultant, only to end-up playing one of the badass commandos in the film instead.
Black has returned to his noir action roots with the 70’s comedy The Nice Guys and has been making the press tour rounds to promote the film. He spoke to Thrillist and dished about a couple of upcoming projects, the one he talked most about was The Predator.
Here’s what he had to say about how he got involved and about the franchise as a whole moving forward.
They called me and I was reluctant. I said, “Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these AVP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of an event.” They’re just sort of another Predator. “Oh, there’s another one that came out.” They said, “What if we said to you we want to reinvent this, and really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the Alien prequel, which is coming out also? We really want to make this something. The kind of movie that people line up for.” I said, “Really, you’ll spend a bunch of money?” They go, “Yep.” I go, “Make it really scale, spectacle?” “Yep.” “Shit, that sounds interesting.”
I think the first one was great, and it was contained, and it was a perfect little gem for what it was. I think there’s an expansion that needs to take place, and also just a love for that era, that movie, and the mythology of the Predator. I think that they came to me knowing pretty much that… they said, basically, if I wanted to make Predator but treat it like it was Iron Man III instead of just another little movie. I said, “Let’s really do it right this time.”
Shane also briefly commented on the potential return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays Dutch in the original film.
And is Arnold Schwarzenegger back?
Still in talks, script still a secret.
Fox had attempted multiple times to have him reprise the role and seems like a good bet he’ll be involved somehow. Black wrote Arnold’s The Last Action Hero, so there is a connection beyond working as co-stars on Predator.
Black’s comments also seeming give the impression we’ll be going off-world and most likely exploring the worlds of the Predators.
The Predator will be slashing onto screens on March 2nd, 2018.