Yesterday, the trades dropped the bombshell that 20th Century Fox were ‘rebooting’ the Schwarzenegger classic “Predator”, setting Shane Black to write the treatment and direct the film.
Collider got in touch with the “Iron Man 3” helmer – who’ll work alongside Fred Dekker, on screenplay duties, on the project – to enquire about the film’s ties to the previous “Predator” films.
According to Black, who had an acting role in the 1987 original, the new film isn’t so much a ‘reboot’ as it is a sequel.
While Black’s Predator film was initially reported as being a reboot, we recently got in touch with the filmmaker who clarified that he and Dekker are actually envisioning an “inventive sequel” with this iteration, which is to say it’s really not a reboot at all. Hit the jump to read on.
shane-black-predator-sequelWhile the initial report said that Black’s new Predator film would be a reboot, Black tells us that he and Dekker see the project as definitely not a reboot, “As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” He went on to say that Dekker, who’s writing the screenplay, is “perfect” for the project, adding the two had a blast writing the screenplay for The Monster Squad together. Indeed, the result of their previous collaboration makes the prospect of the new Predator film even more enticing.
Schwarzenegger return? Maybe?