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Shane Black Could Be Set For A Return To Predator

Not long ago it was reported that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was putting together a project with the hope of luring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe to star. That project is presumably on the backburner with news that Shane Black has now been hired to write and direct a reboot of Predator.

Black actually starred in the 1987 original film as director John McTiernan wanted him close by to help him refine the script on set if needed. The word is that this time round Black will pen an outline for the story with Fred Dekker, who worked with Black on Monster Squad, then penning the screenplay while Black starts on pre-production.

The original film saw Arnold Schwarzenegger as a member of an elite commando unit deep in South American jungle who come under attack from an alien who sees them as the ultimate hunting game. There have been a number of films connected to the franchise since with Predator 2, Alien Vs. Predator, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem and Predators which was directed by Robert Rodriguez. At present there is no word as to whether or not the new Predator will be connected to the original film or simply be a remake or a separate story altogether.

The real question is this; do we need a Predator reboot? The original still stands up well compared to all the CGI infused monsters movies we’re currently bombarded with not to mention being endlessly quotable thanks to Arnie’s typically brilliant delivery. That said Black is a great filmmaker and if he’s allowed to bring his unique sense of quip to proceedings it could be a thoroughly enjoyable romp. Of course in modern day Hollywood the chance of it getting anything higher than a PG-13 rating is slim. When you remember how the original film panned out you can’t help but worry this will be a teen-friendly version rather than a balls-to-the-wall action sci-fi thriller. – Source – The Hollywood Reporter

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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