With The Nice Guys set to hit theatres this summer, Shane Black has made a sizable comeback into the mainstream consciousness following Iron Man 3, a film that seemed to divide fans between those who loved it and those who hated it. Personally, I fell on the latter side of the opinion, but that hasn’t taken away from my excitement when it comes to any project Black is involved in.
Perhaps even more notably than Nice Guys too, Black has been heavily involved in the current Predator reboot that will hopefully, provide the classic movie monster with a resurgence it desperately needs.
During a recent interview with The Thrillist as well, Black talked about what caused him to initially sign on for the film, and what it took from Fox to convince him that The Predator wouldn’t fall to the same fate as the studio’s most recent attempts at doing the character justice:
“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.”
Black also elaborated on how the new film will expand on the original, beloved movie and what kind of scope and scale it will have:
“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.”
The idea of Shane Black bringing The Predator into a much bigger scale than he’s used to, is an exciting one to say the least. Even though I wasn’t a fan of Iron Man 3, for its twist and change in tone, I did appreciate the fact that Black was willing to risk so much to give comic book fans something they hadn’t seen before, whether I think it succeeded or not. He’s about the only thing giving me confidence in this Predator reboot right now, but if he’s excited about it, then it’ll be hard for me not to be as well.
The Predator reboot is currently in development.
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