Whoa: 'Iron Man 3' Helmer Shane Black to Direct a 'Predator' Reboot

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:04 Written by  iamrogue
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Whoa: 'Iron Man 3' Helmer Shane Black to Direct a 'Predator' Reboot

20th Century Fox is rebooting the Predator franchise, but before you unleash a minigun torrent of remake indignation, wait until you hear who the studio has hired to direct.

Shane Black, who finally got a big hit with Iron Man Three last summer, is now on board to helm a new Predator.

Black's one of a kind.  He redefined action with his Lethal Weapon script and became the highest-paid screenwriter in history during the early 1990s when he drafted the likes of The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight.  After keeping a low profile for about a decade, he made his directorial debut on 2005's underappreciated Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, which eventually led to his Marvel mega-movie.

Back in 1987, Black actually played Hawkins in Predator, doing uncredited rewrites for director John McTiernan straight from the Mexican set.

Damn near thirty years later, Black's now attached to direct the Predator reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The loquacious filmmaker won't write the screenplay, but he will write a detailed treatment that he'll then hand off to Fred Dekker, who directed cult classic The Monster Squad from a script he and Black co-wrote.  Dekker will then write the Predator screenplay under Black's supervision.

Since Iron Man Three, Black has had a few developmental irons in the fire.  He's been working Doc Savage, his longtime passion project following the pulp adventurer.  He has reportedly met with Chris Hemsworth about possibly playing the burly title character, a forerunner to modern superheroes and action heroes, but apparently budgetary concerns are keeping Sony Pictures from pulling the trigger on Doc Savage.

Black is also set to direct and co-write The Nice Guys, a 1970s-set noir that he and producer Joel Silver are hoping will star Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

McTiernan's original Predator really holds up as a stripped down scifi actioner that makes good use of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, practical jungle locations, slow-burn tension, and an iconic design from Stan Winston.  Since then, Fox has dragged the alien hunter through the ringer, first with the mediocre 1990 sequel Predator 2, then in 2004 and 2007 with the misguided mashups Alien vs. Predator and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

Most recently, the studio attempted a soft reboot by way of Predators, the 2010 sequel produced by Robert Rodriguez.

Will Black have better luck on a full-blown Predator reboot?  Time will tell.  Rather than twirling your thumbs waiting to find out, give this hour-long look behind the scenes of Predator, which includes appearances from a young Shane Black:

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