Another day, another classic 1980s sci-fi reboot, this time featuring screenwriter and sometimes director Shane Black. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has tapped Black to write a treatment for, and direct, an upcoming Predator film. The script will be handled by Fred Dekker. A release date, potential cast, and further information has yet to be announced.
Black is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter, best known for his work on the first two Lethal Weapon films, The Last Boy Scout, and The Last Action Hero. In 2005, Black made his directorial debut with the Robert Downey Jr. vehicle Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He teamed up with Downey Jr. once again for Iron Man 3, and is currently working on an american remake of Death Note.
Fans of the original film should be excited about this news, given the overall quality surrounding Black’s work. Sure, Iron Man 3 was kind of turkey, but there’s no doubting the fact that it had pizzazz. Those unhappy with his questionable bastardization of classic Marvel mythology shouldn’t have to worry too much, either: except for the Schwarzenegger led original, the Predator films haven’t exactly been great up to this point, and the overall narrative probably can’t get worse than it already is.
Many a filmgoer may shudder as the proposition of yet another “reboot,” but this may be the rare occasion where solid reworking is completely necessary. The Predator franchise has always had quite a bit of potential, and absolutely none of it has been exploited. Lest we forget Predator 2 and the two abysmal Alien vs. Predator movies. 2010’s Predators was almost a decent film, but it simply didn’t have enough “oomph” to really pull the hunting alien saga out of its incohesive slump. Besides, not all sci-fi reboots have been bad–Star Trek got it right, Dredd wasn’t nearly as dreadful as the original, and Robocop was actually pretty darn good, depending on who you ask. The Total Recall reboot was pretty awful, but it also had a lame director attached to it. Black’s directorial filmography may be rather bare, but his films still run circles around anything done by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard notwithstanding).