With Shane Black’s retro detective comedy The Nice Guys heading to theaters this month, the director has been making the promotional rounds, and it was only a matter of time before someone inquired about his next project, a new film in the Predator universe. Conceived as a sequel to the original film and ignoring the subsequent installments, Black is hoping to begin production late this year, and he recently spoke with Coming Soon about making some changes to the creature’s iconic look:
“It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a shit what color the suit is. In ‘The Predator’ we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.”
Black makes a pretty good point here – it’s a bit silly to assume that the costume wouldn’t have evolved beyond Stan Winston’s original design, and as long as the changes make sense in the context of the story he wants to tell, then why should it matter? I’m far more interested in what Black brings to the table from a storytelling aspect than I am about whether his Predator is a direct copy of the creature from the 1987 film.
Co-written by Black and Fred Dekker (Monster Squad), 20th Century Fox has The Predator slated for release on March 2, 2018.
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