Good news, everyone: we’re getting a new Shane Black movie this year. The filmmaker behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys is roaring back with The Predator, a sequel to the stagnant sci-fi franchise about a race of alien hunters perpetually searching for worthy prey. Now we know the action is going to be even more immersive: co-writer Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) has revealed that the film is getting the 3D treatment.
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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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Shane Black wants to make The Predator an event film. Initially, Black had reservations about the sequel, but 20th Century Fox’s idea of making a genuine piece of big-scale spectacle piqued his interest. Following the forgettable Alien vs. Predator movies and the underwhelming Predators, The Nice Guys director and the studio are intent on “doing it right this time.” By doing it “right,” that involves sticking to the original 1986 film’s R-rating.
Below, Black discusses how Deadpool‘s success might’ve helped the project and the new Predator costume.
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We’re only a short while away from seeing Shane Black‘s third directorial effort, The Nice Guys. Just the other day we got a green-band trailer for the 1970s-set buddy comedy, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Next for Black, if all goes according to plan, is The Predator. According to the filmmaker, the ambition is to make the sequel a genuine event film.
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We’re less than two years away from Shane Black‘s The Predator. The writer and director of The Nice Guys co-starred in the original John McTiernan film, partially because McTiernan and producer Joel Silver wanted a writer on the set. Now, Black is making his own Predator picture, titled The Predator, which Arnold Schwarzenegger could possibly appear in.
Read Schwarzenegger’s comments below.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you haven’t revisited John McTiernan’s Predator recently, do yourself a favor and give it a watch. There’s a reason this franchise has survived beyond two weak sequels and two dire spin-offs that saw the title alien hunter facing off against the Xenomorphs from the Alien series. And that reason is simple: the original Predator is, for lack of a more elegant phrase, really goddamn great. It’s one of the best genre movies ever made, melding ’80s military bravura, slasher horror tropes, and testosterone-soaked science fiction into one unforgettable and bloody mixture. Plus, the title alien is just about the coolest-looking monster Stan Winston ever had a hand in creating and that’s really saying something.
My love of the Predator concept vastly outweighs my disappointment with Predators and my genuine disdain for the Alien vs. Predator movies, so the impending sequel/reboot (rebootquel?) has my piqued my curiosity. Although news regarding this movie has been awfully quiet, a new poster has appeared out of nowhere, reminding the world that this project is in the works and seemingly revealing the film’s actual title.
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Shane Black, who appeared in the original Predator as Hawkins, is writing a new Predator sequel with his writing partner Fred Dekker, and Black is attached to direct as well. It’s been a year since we learned of the deal, and in the meantime Black has directed his next film, The Nice Guys. But his Predator movie is still moving along, and the film’s producer has offered an update that keeps us curious about what the screenwriters are cooking up. Read More »
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 »
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 »
The one thing almost everyone knows about The Monster Squad is “Wolfman’s got nards.” What started as a seemingly throwaway line of dialogue struck a chord with audiences and, to this day, remains a must-know geek quote. Outside of that, though, The Monster Squad, directed by Fred Dekker and co-written by he and Shane Black, is a mostly forgotten piece of eighties entertainment. The film was released on August 14, 1987 – 25 years ago today – and that weekend ended up 12th at the box office behind such would be classics like RoboCop and The Lost Boys. Its $1.9 million opening weekend accounted for over half the film’s total gross and it would be out of theaters in two short weeks, making hardly a blip in a stellar year that brought us not only the two films mentioned above but The Untouchables, Predator, Dirty Dancing, Wall Street, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead II , Spaceballs, Hellraiser and Raising Arizona, just to name a few.
Let’s be honest. 2012 is the 25th anniversary of all those films too and all are, surely, more deserving of their own column. But we always talk about Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead II and RoboCop. Who ever talks about The Monster Squad? I know, as a seven-year-old boy, no film excited me more. It made me go out and pretend to fight monsters, start my own monster club with my brother and even pay to have our own business cards made, just like in the movie. Yes, it’s just a simple little story of a bunch of kids who band together to fight Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, with a little help from Frankenstein, but if 25 years have told us anything, it’s that The Monster Squad is much more than “Wolfman’s got nards.”
After the jump, read an 25th anniversary interview with the film’s director Fred Dekker and some more of my personal ruminations on this, the silver anniversary of The Monster Squad. Read More »