The last time writer/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver worked together, the result was the very funny neo-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which helped re-launch the career of Robert Downey, Jr. After festival appearances the film was given a low-profile fall rollout by Warner Bros., and it flew under the radar of most moviegoers.
Back and Silver’s next film, The Nice Guys, will probably fare a bit different. Warner Bros. also has the distribution rights to the new picture, and it has locked Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as stars to play a private detective and muscle-for hire, respectively, who are drawn into a massive conspiracy while tackling seemingly separate cases. Now the film has a summer 2016 release date, which means it is really on. Read More »
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Sony and Shane Black have a nice little pulp revival arrangement going. For quite a while, Black has been developing a Doc Savage movie for Sony. Now he’s also tapped to direct The Destroyer for the studio, based on the long-running novel series (150 books!) centered around badass character and “human superweapon” Remo Williams. Read More »
Here’s a minor but pleasing update to a recent story. Shane Black (above, on the set of Iron Man 3) may have a Predator movie to work on for Fox, but he’s also been putting together a film based on a script called The Nice Guys, which he co-wrote a few years back. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling have been circling the project, which follows a private detective who gets wrapped up in a conspiracy after investigating the death of a porn star in ’70s Los Angeles. Now Warner Bros. is in talks to back the film, which means it is about to take a big step towards being a reality. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Some time ago, we got word that Shane Black would be directing an English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note. Since then, though, we haven’t heard much about the project at all. So we were disappointed but not terribly surprised to hear that he’s no longer set to helm.
Instead, according to a new report, Gus Van Sant will be taking over the reins. Seems like an interesting combination, if nothing else. Hit the jump for more details.
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On the spectrum of news about a reboot, remake or sequel, Tuesday’s reveal of Shane Black and Fred Dekker doing a Predator movie was about as good as it gets. You’ve got Black, of the best writers out there, who also happens to be a solid director and who was involved in the original film. He’s teaming up with his good friend Dekker, himself a pretty great writer and director, and they’re tackling a popular franchise that has only had three dedicated movies. All big wins.
The original story was that this new Predator would be a reboot. But according to Black, that’s not he case. He wouldn’t quantify it exactly but said the film wouldn’t start over when there’s so much mythology to mine. That means it’s a sequel of some sort. Read his exact words below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
After two outings with Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black may be looking to team up with another Avenger for an upcoming film. Chris Hemsworth has reportedly been eyed for the lead role in Doc Savage, which Black has been attached to direct for a few years already. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the project.
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All together now: “it’s ’cause of the echo!” When John McTiernan directed the original Predator, Fox wanted Shane Black to rewrite the script, and gave him a role in the film to lure him to the project. He played the bestpectacled Rick Hawkins, whose dirty jokes are some of the most memorable lines in the film. Now Shane Black is going back to the project. He’s been hired to write treatment for a Predator reboot, which Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) will script. Black may end up directing the film. Read More »
Ryan Gosling may get another chance at a modern take on an LA-set crime film (to offset Gangster Squad) thanks to Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. In the wake of last year’s huge Iron Man success, Black has been taking time to get his next film off the ground. While his Doc Savage film continues to simmer at Sony, his next now looks like it could be The Nice Guys. This one is a 1970s noir Black wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi.
Black is trying to get Gosling and Russell Crowe to sign on for the film, which is being produced by Joel Silver. Read More »
We’ve figured for years that Warner Bros. would get around to remaking Lethal Weapon sooner or later. There has been no reported movement on the project, but with the title standing as one of the studio’s more recognizable and salable catalog titles, it has to happen. Now there are rumors of movement, and producers are at least not straying from the idea of an Australian in the lead role. Word is that Chris Hemsworth is being sought to star in the reboot, with Justin Lin as the possible director.
Update: At least half of this rumor is already debunked, as Justin Lin says he’s not doing the movie. More below.
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