Next “Predator” To Reinvent Franchise

It has been quite some time since there has been any movement on a new “Predator” movie. At last report “Iron Man 3” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” writer/director Shane Black, who funnily enough had a small role in the original film, was attached to helm the project which would boast a screenplay he was writing with his old “Monster Squad” co-writer Fred Dekker.

At the time it was reported to be a reboot of the franchise. However, a new interview at the Television Critics Association this week with producer John Davis has revealed that it will instead be an “inventive sequel” that will make use of the mythology of the franchise.

Davis, talking up his new NBC series “The Player,” confirms to Collider that the new “Predator” is still very much happening and discussed why Black’s take on it is getting him excited:

“Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light.

He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’… Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.”

Shane’s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They’ve been doing it together and Fred’s great. The two of them together, they’ve been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.'”

Black recently wrapped directing the 1970s-set noir film “The Nice Guys” starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. That film is slated for release next June, and it’s unclear yet if the new “Predator” will be Black’s next film as he’s also attached to both a “Doc Savage” movie and “The Destroyer” at Sony.