Here’s a reboot we weren’t expecting. In a world where we’ve become so used to movies being rebooted (some for the better and most for the worst) it should probably not come as too much of a surprize. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang‘s Shane Black will write and direct a Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox!
Predator must be one of our all time favourite movies, so we will be particularly interested in the development of this movie. Here’s the details:
Black is directing and writing the treatment for the film, which will then be scripted in full by Fred Dekker (with whom Black worked on Monster Squad).
Fox-based John Davis, who produced the original 1987 sci-fi actioner with Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon, is producing the reboot.
Black has had a long history with the Predator franchise, having cameoed in the 1987 original. Directed by John McTiernan, Predator starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a United States special forces team that comes under attack from an alien entity that prizes the thrill of the hunt above all else. It was followed by a direct sequel, Predator 2, in 1990 before crossing over with Fox’s Alienfranchise for two additional sequels, Alien vs. Predator and AvP: Requiem. In 2010, Nimrod Antal helmed a reboot with a new feature, Predators.
“Predator” performed solidly with nearly $100 million in worldwide grosses. “Predator 2,” starring Danny Glover, took in $57 million in 1990; “Predators,” starring Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne, grossed $127 million in 2010; Fox also combined franchises with two “Alien vs. Predator” movies in 2004 and 2007.
There’s no word on the extent to which the new film will tie into the existing franchise, nor is there any confirmation as to when this reboot might fit into Black’s schedule. He’s planning to shoot The Nice Guys from his own original screenplay as early as this fall and remains attached to Columbia Pictures’ Doc Savage. Check back for further details as they become available.
John Davis is attached to produce with Matt Reilly overseeing for Fox and Ira Napoliello overseeing for Davis Entertainment.
It sounds like they have all their ducks in a row, and with the production and writing roles filled by pretty competent guys, we look to the casting news for the lead role next…
[Source: Predator Reboot With Iron Man 3 Director Confirmed]