Shane Black Talks “Predator” Setting

Shane Black is about to begin promotional rounds for his 1970s L.A. detective noir comedy “The Nice Guys” opening May 20th. Before that hits though, he appeared this week at CinemaCon where he briefly chatted with Collider about his likely next project – “The Predator”.

This ‘restart’ of the “Predator” franchise is said to have much more scale and serious money behind it than the other sequels in the franchise. Black told the outlet that is is set in the present day and that, barring something unexpected, it’ll be his immediate next directorial effort:

“I’m working on the script, and barring an act of God, a safe from the sky, there’s nothing that suggests it won’t be the next thing, and I’m getting more and more excited day by day. I mean, there’s great Predator movies, but to actually play with the idea of making it an event, not necessarily in scale – it doesn’t have to be huge – but it just has to feel like a Predator movie you want to see in the summer and line up for it. And that’s what we’re going for. Let’s get back to the excitement and innovation of that original movie where it felt fresh. I just want to find a way to make it feel fresh and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

He also talked about the possibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch character coming back:

“We have not talked about it, which is good because I’m not supposed to talk about it anyway. Not supposed to talk about details of the script. And I shouldn’t… I think it’s something we’re looking into, and as this thing evolves and takes on more of a shape, we’ll figure out how best to honor the tradition of what is really a remarkable first movie and even parts of the rest of them as well.”

“The Predator” is due out March 2nd 2018.