Shane Black To Write/Direct “Predator” Reboot

Remember that bit part guy in the original action classic “Predator” who kept making crude jokes? Now, he’s in charge.

Following on from “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” and “Iron Man 3,” Shane Black is set to write and direct a reboot of “Predator” for 20th Century Fox according to Heat Vision.

Specifically Black is directing and writing the treatment, with Black’s “Monster Squad” co-writer Fred Dekker scripting in full (which Black will no doubt have input on). John Davis is attached to produce.

The John McTiernan-helmed 1987 original followed a U.S. special forces team sent to a Central American jungle to rescue some high-level ministers. They soon learn their handler’s motives were duplicitous – something is in the trees and is hunting them, something that is not of this world. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura starred.

Black had a cameo in “Predator” as the crass joke telling Hawkins, one of the first to be killed off. He then went on to make a name for himself writing the scripts for other action classics like “Lethal Weapon,” “The Last Boy Scout” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight”.

There’s no word on if the new film will tie into the existing franchise in any way, or when Black will shoot the project as his original screenplay “The Nice Guys” is tipped to begin production this Fall.

Source: Heat Vision