UPDATE: Dan Casey weighs in.
Considering how iconic the character is among audiences, it’s amazing how few entries there are in the Predator franchise. As far as stand-alone films ago, there have only been three — Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010). That’s three over the course of nearly thirty years, five if you include the Alien vs Predator crossovers (you shouldn’t). It should come as no surprise then, that a new report from The Hollywood Reporter claims Fox is about to officially put a reboot of the famed alien franchise into production. What is surprising is who they have supposedly hired to run the show.
According to the outlet, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has been tapped to helm the film with a script by Monster Squad director Fred Dekker, based on a treatment that will be developed by Black and Dekker together.
For the unaware, back in the heyday of Hollywood’s spec-script based film economy, Black was sneakily brought in to do a re-write of the original film by being offered a small role in the film itself. Basically, they sprung it on him while he was on set in South America. Now that’s some classic Hollywood sneaky sneak, ain’t it?
It’s a wonder why it’s been so hard for Fox to get this franchise to click in today’s modern age, but if there’s anyone that can do it, it’s Shane Black.
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