So its been over a year since we last heard about Shane Black’s new Predator film. The last we heard was that the film will be a sequel and NOT a reboot, which was great news. However, we finally have an update on the film, courtesy of Collider, and it sounds really positive.
After the stunning original Predator film, and the sequel (which I really enjoyed), fans have been crying out for something worthwhile to add to the franchise. The Alien vs Predator films were an embarrassment, and I was not a fan of Predators at all. Hopefully then the Shane Black directed Predator sequel will be worth getting excited about, and to be fair, Black is a pretty good director (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3)
Collider caught up with producer John Davis at the Television Critics Association, who revealed that the Predator sequel will reinvent the franchise:
“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.”
Now that all sounds extremely positive, but wait, it gets even better:
“Shane’s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They’ve been doing it together and Fred’s great. The two of them together, they’ve been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’ I mean he’s the guy who wrote Iron Man 3.”
While I hated Iron Man 3, it is the fifth biggest film of all time, so clearly something was right about it, so I can’t really argue with the comments about Iron Man 3 by Davis. What’s most important here is how positive this all sounds, and the fact it will actually be a sequel and not a reboot is just great news.
The Predator series so needs a boost after the amount of crap films that have sadly been added to the franchise, so I really hope that Black will deliver fans something really special.