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Exclusive: Shane Black talks Predator; plans to shoot in September

05.12.2016

Our own Eric Walkuski talked to writer/director Shane Black at THE NICE GUYS junket today and was able to squeeze in a few questions about his upcoming PREDATOR film. Black originally starred in the first PREDATOR film directed by John McTiernan, with producer Joel Silver hoping it would help grease the wheels to get Black to work on the script back then. Now, things have come full circle and Black is taking the reins on the franchise. Here's what he had to say about coming back and taking over.

"I was reluctant to. If you look at the opening of the first Predator, with the helicopters coming in and landing with the smoke and the native people... It was so compelling because it established a world in which this is still mysterious for you. It's not a sci-fi world. It was so fresh back then, like a "why didn't I think of that, what the fuck?" quality to it. I'd like to get back to a movie where it's three months out and people are like, "Let's get our tickets now because we're aware of this, it seems like they put the money and attention into it, it's not just a knock-off." Really try to get back to that feeling of wonderment, mystery and adventure. A fresh movie. Without giving away details, that's been our goal. To say, "What's the John McTiernan and Joel Silver of this, and how do we get back to that?"

Asked if PREDATOR is his next directorial effort, Black said, "It is, it is." He was then asked about when they expect to go into production, saying:

"I think we're looking at end of September, maybe. Latest would be October, depending on casting. We might have to go over if we cast someone who isn't available yet. But if we get the right guys, September."

Lastly, he was asked if Arnold would be returning, to which we got what we expected:  "Can't really talk about that!"

Good shit. The first PREDATOR film shaped my early movie geek mind in many ways and continues to stand as an all-time classic. Continuing the franchise has been a bumpy road thus far, but having Black on board to lead the charge fillls me with a lot of hope and his comments here only reinforce that, especially now that it looks like this sucker is really happening...and soon!

PREDATOR is set to hit theaters on March 2, 2018.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:19AM on 05/13/2016
Please just give us another great Predator film. 1 & 2 did it right, and maybe nostalgia for that era of action movies plays a part in how much I love those films, but it would be nice if he could recapture the feel of that kind of movie without just doing the same thing again. Predators wasn't terrible, but it didn't seem to grab the audience. I'd really like to see something cool done with this character.
Please just give us another great Predator film. 1 & 2 did it right, and maybe nostalgia for that era of action movies plays a part in how much I love those films, but it would be nice if he could recapture the feel of that kind of movie without just doing the same thing again. Predators wasn't terrible, but it didn't seem to grab the audience. I'd really like to see something cool done with this character.
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6:34AM on 05/13/2016
Sounds promising…. But please get Arnold to star in this!!!!!!!!!!
Sounds promising…. But please get Arnold to star in this!!!!!!!!!!
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6:30AM on 05/13/2016

High Hopes

I'm really looking forward to this but my fear is that between now and September Shane Black will leave the project due to "creative differences" meaning the execs try to push him in some bullshit direction that makes the movie suck. I think too much Arnie would be an issue in this film. a subtle cameo of him being interviewed / giving a debriefing after the events of the the first movie would be a nice touch. maybe he is in medical care being treated for "PTSD" but has in fact been committed
I'm really looking forward to this but my fear is that between now and September Shane Black will leave the project due to "creative differences" meaning the execs try to push him in some bullshit direction that makes the movie suck. I think too much Arnie would be an issue in this film. a subtle cameo of him being interviewed / giving a debriefing after the events of the the first movie would be a nice touch. maybe he is in medical care being treated for "PTSD" but has in fact been committed to a facility as everyone thinks he is nuts.
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4:12AM on 05/13/2016

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3:03AM on 05/13/2016
I was a massive Arnie fan back then. Seemed he just kept pumping out great sci-fi action. Let's hope Black get's it right as we've been missing this type of as he says what the fuck why didn't I think of that movie. All the sequels have sucked. He seems to get it.
I was a massive Arnie fan back then. Seemed he just kept pumping out great sci-fi action. Let's hope Black get's it right as we've been missing this type of as he says what the fuck why didn't I think of that movie. All the sequels have sucked. He seems to get it.
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2:57AM on 05/13/2016

What happened to Doc Savage?

I am less interested in this then his supposed Doc Savage movie. What happened to that?
I am less interested in this then his supposed Doc Savage movie. What happened to that?
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10:31PM on 05/12/2016
awesome news, and bring back Arnold in a bigger role than a cameo!
awesome news, and bring back Arnold in a bigger role than a cameo!
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8:50PM on 05/12/2016
Surprise the audience by having no Predators. Just make a jungle war movie.
Surprise the audience by having no Predators. Just make a jungle war movie.
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6:00PM on 05/12/2016
Excited to see what Black does with this film and how he plans to rejuvenate the franchise at this point. At least you know the banter and dialogue between the characters will be funny since that's one of the best parts about his films.
Excited to see what Black does with this film and how he plans to rejuvenate the franchise at this point. At least you know the banter and dialogue between the characters will be funny since that's one of the best parts about his films.
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9:52PM on 05/12/2016
And it will be set at Christmas time.
And it will be set at Christmas time.
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