Black Talks Predator, Long Kiss & Lethal Sequels

With Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys” in cinemas this weekend, the filmmaker has been doing some more interviews about the film and has spoken about other projects of his – not just “The Predator” refresh but also some old films he penned treatments or scripts for that didn’t take off. Here’s the basics by film during his extended sessions with Happy Sad Confused Podcast:

The Predator
Black’s not a fan of the way Fox was “just churning them out” in regards to the “Predator” and “Alien” sequels in the 1990s and early 2000s, as a result he hopes to get back to a big exciting event film with the new one:

“I think ideally we are endeavoring to get back to what [producers] Joel Silver and John Davis managed to pull off with [director] John McTiernan. Now that said, I don’t wanna make it huge. It’s not about 50 predators [running] over the mountain. But short of the armada scenes that don’t help the film, I think that having a sense of event-izing [the movie], making it feel fresh like that first movie, is gonna be helpful. I’m not going to predict success for this [new ‘Predator’ movie], but I’d love to give it the opportunity to be that ambitious so that it aspires to ultimately be the serious summer movie that ‘Alien’ was back in the day.”

Of course there’s one big question everyone wants to know – will Arnold Schwarzenegger appear? the actor has been seen meeting with Black about the film but right now his involvement hasn’t been confirmed by anyone:

“There’s one of two ways we can go. We use Schwarzenegger or we don’t. And there’s advantages to using him and there’s a story to be told if we don’t, and I’m not going to tell you which one we chose, but we made a choice that I think is cool and we’ll see what happens.”

The Cold Warrior
Black wrote an action film in 2008 called “The Cold Warrior” which was done specifically with Mel Gibson in mind to play the lead. That never got off the ground as the actor was still mired in controversy over his now famous comments he made during his divorce and drunk driving arrest.

The Long Kiss Goodnight 2
At one time he also considered a sequel to his well-regarded and darkly comic 1996 Renny Harlin-directed amnesiac assassin film starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. Black’s script for the film remains one of his most fun works to date, and he came up with an idea for a follow-up that would continue on with Samuel L. Jackson’s character and the now adult version of Davis’ daughter:

“I have [thought about a sequel]. I even talked to Sam[uel L. Jackson], we went in and pitched it, and the studio said no. The idea was that we focus on Sam years later, coping with Geena Davis’ daughter as she’s goes into college and the past comes back to haunt them in a way. We hadn’t worked it out entirely, but we felt there was something there because Sam is such a brilliant – he’s the best actor I’ve ever worked with, by the way. I don’t mean to take away from anyone, but I’ve never seen anyone love acting that much.”

Lethal Weapon 5
Black also spoke about a plan he had at point for a fifth movie in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, one that would effectively jettison all the supporting characters that came forward with the focus back on a now decidedly older Riggs and Murtagh:

“I wrote a 62-page treatment with my friend Chuck for “Lethal Weapon 5″ that would’ve been, I think, a very good movie. It was interesting. It was essentially an older Riggs and Murtagh in New York City during the worst blizzard in east coast history, fighting a team of expert Blackwater guys from Afghanistan that’s smuggling antiquities. And we had a young character that actually counter-pointed them. But I didn’t wanna do what people do when they’re trying to transition which is, they sorta put the two older guys in the movie, but really it’s about their son! And he’s gonna take over and we’re gonna do a spinoff. Fuck that, if they’re gonna be in the movie, they’re gonna be in the movie – I don’t care how old they are.”

The Nice Guys
If the strong reviews for “The Nice Guys” don’t already have you psyched to see the 1970s noir caper, Warners has released a new animated trailer rendered in a Hanna-Barbera style, to get you excited. Check it out below: