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Back in 1987 the world saw the release of PREDATOR. A very original and clever setting came along with it as a group of military soldiers found themselves deep within the jungle being hunted down one by one by a mysterious transparent killer alien. We learned over a year ago that PREDATOR would be getting repackaged for the modern era courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. Still slated to direct will be Shane Black who will also be co-writing along with Fred Dekker. Today we bring you an update.
Black revealed that the upcoming project will be an "inventive sequel" that will mine the mythology of the franchise.
Original co-producer John Davis, who returns as a producer on the new project recently spoke with Collider saying of the project:
"Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’…Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.
Shane’s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They’ve been doing it together and Fred’s great. The two of them together, they’ve been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’ I mean he’s the guy who wrote Iron Man 3."
Black and Dekker previously teamed up to write the Horror comedy THE MONSTER SQUAD, a film in which Dekker also directed. An interesting fact is that Shane Black portrayed the character Hawkins in the original PREDATOR so it seems fitting that he will be directing this new movie.
Fred Dekker is known for writing and directing NIGHT OF THE CREEPS and ROBOCOP, while Shane Black's writing credentials include IRON MAN 3, and LETHAL WEAPON.
We will continue to bring you more on the upcoming PREDATOR film as it unfolds.