We’ve heard for about a year that director Shane Black would be helming a new entry in the Predator series, but not other news on the topic has come to light lately. Las summer, Black signed on to write a treatment for, and direct the latest installment, and though it was believed to be a reboot, Black has insisted that it will instead be an “inventive sequel” that will preserve at least some aspects of the series as it stands now. Black appeared in the original Predator film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and also contributed significantly to its script, so he seems like the right man for the job if the aim is to capture what made the concept so captivating in the first place.
Now, producer John Davis has some words to share about Black’s involvement with the upcoming film. Speaking at the TCA press tour with Collider, Davis feels that Black will take the series in reverent but new directions for his forthcoming entry in the series. He said,
Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’…Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.
The last film in the series was 2010′s Predators, produced by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Nimród Antal. While that film was a box office success and performed decently with critics, Black’s film is said to go in a different direction, so it would be inaccurate to call it a direct sequel to Predators. Still, audiences always seem to follow where the fearsome aliens will end up next, and there’s likely no exception in regards to this film.
The untitled Predator film has yet to get a release window, but we’ll keep an eye on when you can hear more news about it in the future — right here at GeekNation!
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