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Shane Black to co-write and direct the reboot of Predator

Jun. 24, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Shane Black is about to get to the choppa as the IRON MAN 3 director has been announced to co-write and direct the reboot of the beloved PREDATOR franchise. 20th Century Fox has revealed that Black will team with his buddy Fred Dekker (THE MONSTER SQUAD) to develop the screenplay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While Black will develop the story treatment, Dekker will flesh out the full script.

John McTiernan's 1987 original is a modern classic that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and spawned several mediocre films featuring the alien hunter. Danny Glover starred in PREDATOR 2 while Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal finally brought a decent follow-up in the form of PREDATORS with Adrien Brody. In beween, we had the ALIEN VS PREDATOR films which really should have been a lot better than they were.

Shane Black has been a fan favorite screenwriter for years after bringing us LETHAL WEAPON and KISS KISS BANG BANG before jumping into the Marvel world with last year's IRON MAN 3. He has since been developing a DOC SAVAGE movie (potentially with Chris Hemsworth in the title role) and recent news had him trying to unite Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling for THE NICE GUYS. There is also a very interesting story of how he was connected to the original PREDATOR:

When Predator was being made in 1986, Black was already a screenwriting prodigy for his Lethal Weapon and Monster Squad scripts. The studio and producers wanted him to polish the script for Predator, which was then in pre-production. Black turned it down. A few weeks later, they approached him again. Once more, Black said no. Another few weeks went by, and then the studio called again. This time, however, he was told there was a small role in the movie and whether he would like to have it. Black said yes. When he arrived to the South American set, the studio execs and producers greeted him and said, "By the way, would you mind taking a look at the script?" Black replied, "Im still not rewriting it."

While it would have been very cool to see John McTiernan come back for a new PREDATOR, I am very cool with Shane Black taking the reins. This could be a very exciting project to watch, but the question is when will it actually happen? With THE NICE GUYS possibly shooting this fall and DOC SAVAGE having budget issues at Sony, the new PREDATOR may not even film until 2016 at this rate, assuming Black stays in the director's chair. At the very least, Dekker and Black will turn in a great script.

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4:37PM on 06/24/2014
Does not need a reboot. Seriously the continuity between the 3 movies was 2 minutes in each of the sequels mentioning the events of the first one. They're damn near stand alone movies
Does not need a reboot. Seriously the continuity between the 3 movies was 2 minutes in each of the sequels mentioning the events of the first one. They're damn near stand alone movies
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9:30PM on 06/24/2014
I kinda want to see how a Predator would hunt in say, the desert or the mountains of Afghanistan.
I kinda want to see how a Predator would hunt in say, the desert or the mountains of Afghanistan.
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8:07PM on 06/24/2014

Why do we need a reboot of this?

Isn't each Predator film a stand alone movie? Why not just make another Predator then? We've had Arnold in the Jungle, Glover in the city, how about Statham in the desert?

I guess that's what I really want. A 3rd Predator in the spirit of the first two films, with one man against the odds. Jason Statham in the Middle East.
Isn't each Predator film a stand alone movie? Why not just make another Predator then? We've had Arnold in the Jungle, Glover in the city, how about Statham in the desert?

I guess that's what I really want. A 3rd Predator in the spirit of the first two films, with one man against the odds. Jason Statham in the Middle East.
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8:40PM on 06/24/2014
Statham? No way, he cannot carry a film. He doesn't have the charisma by any means and it would flop. I like the guy, but only in moderation and majority of movie goers feel the same way
Statham? No way, he cannot carry a film. He doesn't have the charisma by any means and it would flop. I like the guy, but only in moderation and majority of movie goers feel the same way
9:09PM on 06/24/2014
I would say that his filmography says otherwise. He's still getting leading man roles in many films. But everyone's entitled to their opinion. Who would you suggest? Who are some other action up and comers?
I would say that his filmography says otherwise. He's still getting leading man roles in many films. But everyone's entitled to their opinion. Who would you suggest? Who are some other action up and comers?
10:34PM on 06/24/2014
Chris 'Motherfucking' Pratt at this point.
Chris 'Motherfucking' Pratt at this point.
6:39PM on 06/24/2014
Go fuck yourself Hollywood. I don't care if the writers are good, Predator does not need to be remade.
Go fuck yourself Hollywood. I don't care if the writers are good, Predator does not need to be remade.
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7:38AM on 06/25/2014
'I hear ya brother' : Blane.
'I hear ya brother' : Blane.
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4:42PM on 06/24/2014

why a reboot???

Why not make it a comeback vehicle for DUTCH.. the Predator Hunter ?

Seriously, they could make the reverse history come to life, with him going to the Predator Planet to hunt them down or something like that
Why not make it a comeback vehicle for DUTCH.. the Predator Hunter ?

Seriously, they could make the reverse history come to life, with him going to the Predator Planet to hunt them down or something like that
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5:08PM on 06/24/2014
Damn dude, that's kinda awesome. Respect buddy, good idea.
Damn dude, that's kinda awesome. Respect buddy, good idea.
8:07PM on 06/24/2014
Or to help adrian Brody get off that planet.
Or to help adrian Brody get off that planet.
7:39PM on 06/24/2014
Huge fan of Black and the original Predator film, but I kind of wish they would just make a sequel to the film with Adrien Brody and just go from there. No need to reboot the entire damn storyline.

But I will watch anything that has Shane Black's name and talent involved.
Huge fan of Black and the original Predator film, but I kind of wish they would just make a sequel to the film with Adrien Brody and just go from there. No need to reboot the entire damn storyline.

But I will watch anything that has Shane Black's name and talent involved.
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3:52AM on 06/25/2014
But Predators was already a kind re-make, at least the latter half. This make no sense. I like Black and Dekker (ahahahaha, that's hilarious) but, why not just do a new and original Predator movie? The story of the original isn't exactly that innately complex that's it worth re-telling, there's so many places on Earth, and so many things you could do with an entire species of Predator, that this is just idiocy.

You don't get an exciting pair of writer/director to re-hash old beloved
But Predators was already a kind re-make, at least the latter half. This make no sense. I like Black and Dekker (ahahahaha, that's hilarious) but, why not just do a new and original Predator movie? The story of the original isn't exactly that innately complex that's it worth re-telling, there's so many places on Earth, and so many things you could do with an entire species of Predator, that this is just idiocy.

You don't get an exciting pair of writer/director to re-hash old beloved material, that's just madness.
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9:10PM on 06/24/2014
How about a Predator done in some spot area of Asia hot with conflict, with Jet Li or some other martial artist in the lead? I suppose that might just give us another jungle scenario.
How about a Predator done in some spot area of Asia hot with conflict, with Jet Li or some other martial artist in the lead? I suppose that might just give us another jungle scenario.
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8:38PM on 06/24/2014
Shane Black or not, this pisses me off. Predator is an action classic, holds up very well. Why the fuck this needs a reboot is beyond me. Also, with Total Recall and Robocop making mad bank (ha), what studio exec still thinks this would work? Fuck off and reboot something else.
Shane Black or not, this pisses me off. Predator is an action classic, holds up very well. Why the fuck this needs a reboot is beyond me. Also, with Total Recall and Robocop making mad bank (ha), what studio exec still thinks this would work? Fuck off and reboot something else.
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7:14PM on 06/24/2014

WHAT THE FUCK?

Predator does not need a reboot! The original holds up to this day, quite well. Give us a proper new sequel, ok but why fucking reboot it? Are they going to recast Dutch? Fuck, Just bring Dutch back instead!
Predator does not need a reboot! The original holds up to this day, quite well. Give us a proper new sequel, ok but why fucking reboot it? Are they going to recast Dutch? Fuck, Just bring Dutch back instead!
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6:22PM on 06/24/2014
Why not a sequel to Predators? That movie was badass!!!!!!!
Why not a sequel to Predators? That movie was badass!!!!!!!
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1:18PM on 06/25/2014

After taking a long hard shit in the jungle..

The PREDATOR removes his mask, and its non other than.. Tadaaa! Jim Carey. An actor who is pretending to be the PREDATOR. That one is on me Shane.
The PREDATOR removes his mask, and its non other than.. Tadaaa! Jim Carey. An actor who is pretending to be the PREDATOR. That one is on me Shane.
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10:28PM on 06/24/2014
I like the suggestion of a sequel to Predators instead of a reboot of the original. Just don't let it get in the way of the Doc Savage movie.
I like the suggestion of a sequel to Predators instead of a reboot of the original. Just don't let it get in the way of the Doc Savage movie.
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9:11PM on 06/24/2014
Unless this "reboot" has not one but TWO FUTURE STATE GOVERNORS, this "reboot" can eat a bag of dicks...
Unless this "reboot" has not one but TWO FUTURE STATE GOVERNORS, this "reboot" can eat a bag of dicks...
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8:07PM on 06/24/2014

I'm with you guys

I am with a lot of others on here. It doesn't need a reboot. There hasn't been any continuity between the films anyway. Call it Predator 3 or Predators 2 or some subtitle that we'll all hate until we see the movie. I love that Black is involved but what will a reboot do? Back to the jungle? Fuck with the design? No thanks.
I am with a lot of others on here. It doesn't need a reboot. There hasn't been any continuity between the films anyway. Call it Predator 3 or Predators 2 or some subtitle that we'll all hate until we see the movie. I love that Black is involved but what will a reboot do? Back to the jungle? Fuck with the design? No thanks.
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7:45PM on 06/24/2014
I hope it's Predator 3 rather than a reboot. You can have either Arnold or Danny Glover character back to settle the score with Predator.
I hope it's Predator 3 rather than a reboot. You can have either Arnold or Danny Glover character back to settle the score with Predator.
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8:10PM on 06/24/2014
But Arni and Danny won lol
But Arni and Danny won lol
8:53PM on 06/24/2014
Hehe, I know but I think that's a better idea than a reboot.
Hehe, I know but I think that's a better idea than a reboot.
8:57PM on 06/24/2014
I actually really liked part 2. I don't know how I feel about anyone returning but this does not need a reboot. They must be planning on retelling the original I guess. Which is also unnecessary.
I actually really liked part 2. I don't know how I feel about anyone returning but this does not need a reboot. They must be planning on retelling the original I guess. Which is also unnecessary.
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6:17PM on 06/24/2014
I'd love to see McTiernan back in the director's seat, but this has potential! Get Alan Silvestri back to compose the score!
I'd love to see McTiernan back in the director's seat, but this has potential! Get Alan Silvestri back to compose the score!
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6:13PM on 06/24/2014
Dont do it has no one learned from the last classic reboot, if a predator film is going to be done can we atleast make it another sequel or again having a tie in with the aliens movies. I would use the AVP2 PC game as source material.
Dont do it has no one learned from the last classic reboot, if a predator film is going to be done can we atleast make it another sequel or again having a tie in with the aliens movies. I would use the AVP2 PC game as source material.
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7:21PM on 06/25/2014

Some other sites reporting this is a sequel of sorts.

Not a reboot.
Now I'm very interested.
Not a reboot.
Now I'm very interested.
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2:03PM on 06/25/2014
Usually neutral to reboots, especially if the movies are older than 30 years. But The Predator, really do not need a reboot. The original looks and sounds great.
Usually neutral to reboots, especially if the movies are older than 30 years. But The Predator, really do not need a reboot. The original looks and sounds great.
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10:29AM on 06/25/2014

Sweet!! He can do no wrong!

Fuck all the losers talking shit about Shane Black. He is a great director and I can't wait to see Predator vs Santa Claus, or however he is going to tie in X-Mas with this movie.
Fuck all the losers talking shit about Shane Black. He is a great director and I can't wait to see Predator vs Santa Claus, or however he is going to tie in X-Mas with this movie.
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10:04AM on 06/25/2014

Bad idea

I bet it will take place around Christmas, too. Shane Black will now go the way of Guy Ritchie. Making unwanted remakes and adaptations instead of awesome original films we KNOW he is capable of.
I bet it will take place around Christmas, too. Shane Black will now go the way of Guy Ritchie. Making unwanted remakes and adaptations instead of awesome original films we KNOW he is capable of.
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7:35AM on 06/25/2014
The Predator removes its helmet to reveal Ben Kingsley pretending to be an alien?
The Predator removes its helmet to reveal Ben Kingsley pretending to be an alien?
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1:26AM on 06/25/2014
I don't get it. Hawkins died so how can he write a script ? Don't reboot Predator. Please.
I don't get it. Hawkins died so how can he write a script ? Don't reboot Predator. Please.
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8:42PM on 06/24/2014
"Wait, so Hawkins is the hero now instead of Dutch?"

I don't think there needs to be a reboot, but a sequel to Predators (which was way better than expected) would be nice.
"Wait, so Hawkins is the hero now instead of Dutch?"

I don't think there needs to be a reboot, but a sequel to Predators (which was way better than expected) would be nice.
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6:55PM on 06/24/2014

GTFO

Ya know, I'm not usually against remakes but FUCK THIS. You don't remake Predator. It's fucking pointless. The original holds up perfectly. Like Razgriz21 said below me, Go Fuck yourself Hollywood
Ya know, I'm not usually against remakes but FUCK THIS. You don't remake Predator. It's fucking pointless. The original holds up perfectly. Like Razgriz21 said below me, Go Fuck yourself Hollywood
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5:10PM on 06/24/2014
YES! Let's get this reboot right! Btw original is awesome.
YES! Let's get this reboot right! Btw original is awesome.
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4:16AM on 06/25/2014

Do something new

So is this going to be like that piece of s**t train wreck Iron man 3, and feel like a buddy cop parody movie of the other ones in the series with two minutes of actual predator action. They should not let Shane Black near these established properties, let him stick with his precious buddy cop movies. And as said, Predator can't/don't need to be rebooted, there is no continuity. They should do something new, or just continue from Predators.
So is this going to be like that piece of s**t train wreck Iron man 3, and feel like a buddy cop parody movie of the other ones in the series with two minutes of actual predator action. They should not let Shane Black near these established properties, let him stick with his precious buddy cop movies. And as said, Predator can't/don't need to be rebooted, there is no continuity. They should do something new, or just continue from Predators.
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4:51PM on 06/24/2014

Merge and maintain continuity?

While flawed in some ways, I still thoroughly enjoyed the newest one and would love to see some interaction between Arnold with the surviving characters of Predators (whether on Earth or the new planet). I think Black will do a great job, but just hope they don't waste the opportunity trying to do a complete reboot again and use what they have since they already built it into each other film.
While flawed in some ways, I still thoroughly enjoyed the newest one and would love to see some interaction between Arnold with the surviving characters of Predators (whether on Earth or the new planet). I think Black will do a great job, but just hope they don't waste the opportunity trying to do a complete reboot again and use what they have since they already built it into each other film.
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4:25PM on 06/24/2014

OH. MY. GOD.

BEST. NEWS. EVER.

I liked the first half of Predators but the second half (basically right after Fishburne showed up to chew way too much scenery) basically went off the rails and its 'homage' to the original essentially turned it into a straight-up remake. While I was excited by the ideas they could have explored with a sequel, it was clear there wasn't much demand for it, kind of like Terminator Salvation. So this is a wise choice. I say, BRING BACK ARNOLD! Please! There's so much
BEST. NEWS. EVER.

I liked the first half of Predators but the second half (basically right after Fishburne showed up to chew way too much scenery) basically went off the rails and its 'homage' to the original essentially turned it into a straight-up remake. While I was excited by the ideas they could have explored with a sequel, it was clear there wasn't much demand for it, kind of like Terminator Salvation. So this is a wise choice. I say, BRING BACK ARNOLD! Please! There's so much potential there! A Predator coming back to seek revenge on an older, grizzled, retired Dutch Schaeffer... it's just too perfect!
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6:08AM on 06/25/2014
I would like to puke all over everyone involved in this reboot!
I would like to puke all over everyone involved in this reboot!
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6:02PM on 06/24/2014

Too f*cking good!

While the Predator films have had some cool concepts, none of them came close to the original. This is actually something to get inspired about. As mentioned in the article, at least we know we'll have a solid script, which is more than can be said for Predator 2 or Predators.
While the Predator films have had some cool concepts, none of them came close to the original. This is actually something to get inspired about. As mentioned in the article, at least we know we'll have a solid script, which is more than can be said for Predator 2 or Predators.
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4:39PM on 06/24/2014
This is great news! I have been hoping for either a reboot or another flick where maybe Dutch leads a team that hunts Predators or something of the like. I love the Predator flicks, comics & the NECA toys. Hopefully with a good reboot we'll finally get some good AvP flicks.
This is great news! I have been hoping for either a reboot or another flick where maybe Dutch leads a team that hunts Predators or something of the like. I love the Predator flicks, comics & the NECA toys. Hopefully with a good reboot we'll finally get some good AvP flicks.
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4:33PM on 06/24/2014
hell yes fred dekker and shane black if this was anyone else id say what a shit move but this is in great hands
hell yes fred dekker and shane black if this was anyone else id say what a shit move but this is in great hands
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4:31PM on 06/24/2014
Amazing fucking news. Just too damn good not to be excited. I loved Iron Man 3, Shane Black's still got it.
Amazing fucking news. Just too damn good not to be excited. I loved Iron Man 3, Shane Black's still got it.
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