Just last week I was lamenting the fact that Shane Black had yet to get another project off the ground since directing Iron Man 3, but was hopeful that things were coming together for his noir-esque murder mystery The Nice Guys. Now this week it has been revealed that he actually had another big project up his sleeve all along. 20th Century Fox just announced that they will be rebooting the Predator franchise with Shane Black writing and directing the new film. However, what’s even more surprising is that Black’s long-time buddy Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) will also be penning the script. Even if you’re completely sick of reboots, surely this news has to deliver at least a minor twinge of excitement.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox has hired Shane Black to write a treatment for a Predator reboot and also to direct the film. Fred Dekker will pen the screenplay with Black overseeing the writing process. Black had a small acting role in the original 1987 film as Hawkins, but he did not take part creatively even though at the time the studio wanted him to polish the script.
Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal attempted to reboot the franchise back in 2010 with Predators, but it failed to generate much interest at the box office. The movie made just $127 million worldwide, which is $1 million less than Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. A new reboot does seem like the most obvious approach at this point and hopefully with Shane Black at the helm they can recapture at least part of what made the original a classic. Are you game for a Predator reboot and is Shane Black the right man to make it happen?