Shane Black's The Predator suburbs setting

Slipped into last week’s report about Olivia Munn joining Shane Black‘s The Predator was word that the film would be venturing into the wild world of suburbia. The news caught a lot of fans’ attention, since that’s not really where one would expect to find this franchise — and generated some excitement, because if anyone can make that combination work it’s probably Shane Black.

But it turns out he’s not planning to go that route after all. The writer and director has since spoken up to clarify that his Predator movie will not take place in the suburbs. Which means we’re back to square one in terms of trying to figure out Predator plot details.  Read More »

Olivia Munn in The Newsroom

The Predator is targeting another star from the X-Men universe. Olivia Munn, last seen wearing her very best latex swimsuit to a war memorial as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, has just boarded Shane Black‘s reboot-quel, joining Logan villain Boyd Holbrook. And along with the casting news comes a few new plot details about the mysterious movie.  Read More »

Shane Black's The Predator

It’s understandable that fans get leery when beloved movies from decades past get lined up for the reboot treatment. Even the legacyquel that keeps the original mythology intact and acts more like a sequel than a reboot can be worrisome. However, in the case of The Predator, we’re getting a follow-up to the original 1987 sci-fi action classic that hails from Shane Black, who not only is the accomplished director of Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, but also had a supporting role in the original movie. That should definitely put some fans at ease.

Now Shane Black has opened up a bit about The Predator in a couple recent interviews where he talks about what a Predator movie should be, the casting of Boyd Holbrook in the lead after Benicio del Toro exited the project, and why the movie absolutely had to be R-rated. Read More »

Predator Boyd Holbrook

Shane Black‘s Predator is honing in on a new lead. Boyd Holbrook has been set to lead the film, replacing Benicio del Toro who was in talks as of last month.

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predator reboot poster

Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro is in talks to star in filmmaker Shane Black‘s Predator reboot/sequel The Predator. Hit the jump to learn more about Benicio del Toro in The Predator.

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Violence in Shane Black Movies

There’s no shortage of violence in movies today. Whether it’s superheroes fighting each other, spies being betrayed by their superiors, sentient foods being eaten by people or even frustrated fowl, almost every movie has a little bit of violence. But when it comes to the movies of writer/director Shane Black, there’s probably a little more than usual. However, as a new video essay points out, there’s something special about how the director of The Nice Guys and the writer of Lethal Weapon uses violence in his films.

Watch the video essay on violence in Shane Black movies after the jump. Read More »

the predator hero

There are many reasons why the original Predator is an all-timer, but chief among them is its cast of human characters. For most of its first act, the alien hunter remains hidden and we watch as Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Dutch and his team of soldiers are firmly established as unstoppable, untouchable, and entirely believable killing machines. Only then, once they have been showcased as a group of guys who cannot be beat, does the creature begun to pick them off with stunning ease. The result is jarring but shocking – this thing is powerful and smart enough to kill these guys?

When the credits roll (and spoiler alert for a thirty-year old movie), Schwarzenegger is the last man standing, but he’s taken one hell of a beating. Then Predator 2 moved on to a new location with new characters. And then we all had a fever dream where two Alien vs. Predator movies happened. And then Predators took us to another new location with another new set of characters. Will Shane Black‘s upcoming The Predator finally bring Dutch back into the fold? Maybe. Maybe not. But if so, we now know that he won’t be the main character.

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dwaynejohnson-mysteriousisland-jungle

Nearly two weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson teased a new project that would having him teaming up with Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys director Shane Black in 2017. The project was not specifically named, but since Black is beginning production on his new Predator movie later this year, we assumed that Johnson would be leading the long-gestating big screen adaptation of the pulp hero Doc Savage.

Now we have official confirmation of Dwayne Johnson as Doc Savage thanks to a new Instagram post that features him alongside Shane Black as well as writers Anthony Bagarozzi & Chuck Mondry and producer Hiram Garcia, the vice president of production at Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions. Read More »

Lethal Weapon 5 Story

This weekend you should be heading out to support the original dark comedy crime caper that is The Nice Guys. It’s the latest film from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, and it’s a refreshing summer flick with plenty of laughs, bullets, blood and 1970s flare. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make for an outstanding duo who deserve their own TV show. But while making the publicity rounds, Shane Black talked about another duo that he had a hand in creating back in 1987 in the action thriller Lethal Weapon.

More specifically, Shane Black revealed what his plan would have been for Lethal Weapon 5, and thankfully, it would not have been about Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) passing the torch to the next generation of cops who would eventually become too old for shit shit.. Find out more about the Lethal Weapon 5 story after the jump. Read More »

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The Nice Guys Shane Black

In 2005, screenwriter Shane Black made his directorial debut with the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but years before he directed his first feature, he co-wrote The Nice Guys with Anthony Bagarozzi. The finished film is quite different from the original draft, but the spirit of that script has remained intact throughout the years. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are still the same flawed and immensely charming duo they first were.

By this point, Black is an old hand at writing buddy films. The writer behind Lethal WeaponThe Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Action Hero has written some of the most memorable on-screen duos of the past 25 years. We’ll see if Healy and March manage to stand the test of time like some of Black’s other characters, but it’s difficult to imagine audiences not sharing Black’s enthusiasm for these two down in the dumps heroes.

The Nice Guys director, who’s affection for Healy and March rings loud and clear in the film, was kind enough to discuss his latest film with us. Below, read our Shane Black interview.

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