Black Talks “Predator” Costume, Rating

Filmmaker Shane Black is still out doing press for “The Nice Guys” and today spoke with Coming Soon about his next project – the big-budget mini-reboot of the “Predator” franchise at 20th Century Fox.

Black and Fred Dekker are co-writing the film and Black was asked if he plans to change the Stan Winston-designed iconic costume design from the original:

“It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell.

There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a s–t what color the suit is. In ‘The Predator’ we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.”

In a separate interview with Screen Rant, he says there’s no plans to soften the movie or give it a PG-13 rating:

“I made it a condition of directing The Predator that it has to be the same rating as the first one, which was R. We probably could have gotten more money to do it as PG-13. But I actually think that although that seems like good logic, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. I don’t think the fans want a PG-13 Predator.”

Filming is slated to begin in September or October for a March 2nd 2018 release.