Shane Black Offers New “Predator” Details

Director Shane Black and longtime producer Joel Silver are continuing the press tour for “The Nice Guys” overseas this week, the pair engaging in a podcast Q&A with Empire where Black dropped surprising new information about his next project – “The Predator”.

We know the film will be a continuation of the “Predator” franchise, but also a minor refresh of it at the same time – trying to make it more mass appealing and doing it with much bigger budget. One question has been about the involvement of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film with rumors he would reprise the role of Dutch from the first movie.

Even if he did return, how extensive that role would be is another key question to be answered. Either way it looks like he won’t be the leading character as Black said in the podcast, also taking the time to explain why he’s being so cautious:

“The hero of the new one, the name I’ve given the guy in ‘Predator’ right now is Quinn Mackenna. And that may change. We live in a culture where everyone’s like, ‘[I want to] know everything about it before it comes out, and I want to be able to see every moment, and i’m gonna go back and forth on the goddamn YouTube channel and get every goddamn moment and every Easter egg.’ [But] I’ll tell you a little bit about it. It’s an attempt to event-ize the ‘Predator’ and make it more mysterious. The Predator has been so overdone in a way – very low budget with a guaranteed return, every couple of years there’s a knock off churned out. It’s gotta get to the point where people buy their tickets in advance instead of saying, ‘Oh honey look, another Predator movie. Nah, no, Adam Sandler’s got this thing on TV let’s do that instead.’ I want people to say, ‘The Predator is coming, I know it’s coming, we want to see it, it’s mysterious, interesting, it’s got the same sense of wonderment and newness that ‘Close Encounters’ had when that came out.’ That’s what we want. That’s very impossible to achieve, but we’re going to try.”

Black also teased that he’s exploring a different genre for him in a new screenplay, one he hasn’t quite been able to crack just yet:

“It’s still in the hopper, I never finished it. It was supposed to be time travel done as horror, and I couldn’t figure out the time travel of it, it got too confusing for me. But I’ll still go back to it. I love the idea of time travel as horror, but I can’t keep my head straight when I’m trying to write it. I keep violating my own rules.”

Click here to listen to the interview in full.