Shane Black On New “Predator” Tone, Rating

“The Nice Guys” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” writer/director Shane Black aims to bring the “Predator” franchise back in line with the original film that started it all with his upcoming “The Predator” feature which is currently in the midst of casting ahead of an early 2017 production start.

Collider recently spoke with Black about his plans for the film. First up, he confirms shooting aims to kick off mid-February in Vancouver and he’ll head up there in a week or so as serious pre-production is now on the way.

Black is more known for dark comedy blended with action as opposed to the action, war and horror tones of the “Predator” franchise. What tone does he aim to strike with the new film?

“I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them. I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to seeā€¦ I don’t mean movie audiences I mean characters in the movie. I’m not saying the movie will be nothing anyone’s seen before (laughs).”

Black says that the core ensemble will have some similarities to the types of characters we saw in the 1987 film:

“I think it’ll be interesting to get a group of credible guys – the hallmark of the first one is you have guys together that are kinda funny and self-referential and also very tough. I don’t know that we’re going to deviate over much from that, but there are at least a couple of factors that we’ve deliberately chosen to make it not just that group of buff, tough guys.”

He was also very complimentary of Fox in that they agreed on his insistence that the R-rating was the only way to go with the film:

“Fox has been very cooperative. I mean part of it is the success they had with Deadpool, but I also made a case – and I think they agreed – that fans of the Predator generally, probably aren’t looking to go to see a PG-13-rated version of it. It would be more of a letdown if it was sort of tailored to a family friendly audience than if it were allowed to play out to the same scale and level that the first R-rated one did.”

“The Predator” is slated for release on February 9th 2018.