The big news item that surfaced yesterday was that Shane Black has come aboard to direct, produce and oversee the writing process on 20th Century Fox's Untitled Predator Reboot. The filmmaker will first write the outline before his The Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker takes over screenplay duties.
Naturally, no plot details were revealed in yesterday's story, but today, Shane Black revealed in a new interview that this project is definitely not a reboot, calling it an "inventive sequel."
"Why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine? (I can) really get behind inventive sequels, the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button."
Shane Black actually had a minor role in the original 1987 classic Predator, playing Hawkins alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura. He took on the role after he kept turning down 20th Century Fox's offers to rewrite the script, although once he got to the set in South America, he still would not provide his writing services.
Predator earned $98.2 million during its worldwide theatrical run in 1987, which lead to the 1990 sequel Predator 2 and 2010's Predators. The title creature was also used in 20th Century Fox's hybrid franchise Alien Vs. Predator and Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem.
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