Many were surprised by the news yesterday that Fox was planning to reboot the "Predator" franchise and had hired "Iron Man 3" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" writer/director Shane Black to helm and co-write the film with his old "Monster Squad" cohort Fred Dekker.
Black and Dekker's hiring was great news, but the choice of a reboot wasn't as well received. Turns out it's not a reboot after all, but rather an "inventive sequel" according to Black himself in a new interview with Collider. Here's the key paragraph of the piece:
Black tells us that he and Dekker see the project as definitely not a reboot, "As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway," Black said, adding "Why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine?" Black said he doesn't like reboots generally, but can "really get behind inventive sequels", noting that he likes "the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button."
Essentially it's a refresh ala "Doctor Who" - keeping the original canon and mythology intact and utilising it, but also working as a fresh jumping off point for those new to the series.