It looks like no franchise is safe from reboot fever as Fox has decided to reboot the Predator franchise. Before you start throwing your arms up in the air and yelling “Betrayal!” there is one more piece of information to go along with this announcement. The reboot will be lead by none other than Shane Black!
You might remember Shane Black played Hawkins in the original Predator film and provided us with a couple of laughs before his character’s untimely demise at the hands of the galactic hunter. Since then Black has made a name for himself in the industry writing screenplays for films like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Iron Man 3, with the last two also being directed by Black himself.
Black will not be alone in this reboot either. After doing a treatment of the script he will be handing the screenwriting over to his friend and collaborator Fred Dekker. Black and Dekker have worked together in the past most notably on Dekker’s film The Monster Squad. Dekker himself hasn’t worked on a Hollywood film since 1993’s Robocop 3, but I think we all can look forward to his return!
I am personally excited for this reboot and that is a statement you will not hear me say much. Shane Black has proved to me to be a capable director and Fred Dekker, in my honest opinion, deserves a second chance. Do you think this will make for a good reboot? Let us know in the comments below!
Reports of a reboot are false and instead Black says that he and Dekker will be “expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” Dekker told Collider that he doesn’t like reboots and prefers “imaginative sequels.” Hopefully we can expect the same from Black and Dekker, who Black is quoted as saying is “perfect” for the job of writing the script.