A few days ago it was announced that writer and director Shane Black was planning on making a new Predator film, and the assumption at the time was that it would be a reboot.
While many complained and got angry (including myself) at the thought of yet another reboot of a classic film, there were positives with Black being involved. He featured in John McTiernan’s 1987 original as Hawkins, he has impressed with his directing skills thanks to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, and also he has shown plenty of skill as a writer (Lethal Weapon 1-4, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Last Boyscout, The Monster Squad, The Long Kiss Goodnight). So reboot or not, Predator was not quite as bad as your usual remake.
Things have now just seen a massive improvement, as Black has revealed to Collider that Predator will NOT be a reboot, and both he and co-writer Fred Dekker are working on a sequel. Both Black and Dekker previously wrote The Monster Squad together back in 1987.
Here is how Collider revealed the exciting news:
Black tells us that he and Dekker see the project as definitely not a reboot, “As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”
You can now count me very interested!