The Predator series has been in a state of limbo for a few years. In 2010, Robert Rodriguez produced Predators, a sequel and quasi-reboot of the series. The Nimrod Antal-directed feature received mixed reviews and grossed $127.2 million internationally on a budget of about $40 million. The film was positioned to be to the Predator series what Aliens was to the Alien series, but it just didn’t spark enough interest to garner an immediate follow-up.
Then came last year, when word broke that writer-director Shane Black (Iron Man 3) was looking to relaunch the franchise. Black has history with Predator, since he appeared as an actor in the 1987 original and also contributed as writer, so the announcement of his involvement was met with intrigue. But then the production got quiet again. Until now.
Collider spoke with producer John Davis, who confirmed that the project is still very much a go. He confirmed that the film wouldn’t be a reboot, but rather a sequel that would reinvent the series. Here are a few of his comments:
“Shane shot a movie and heâ€™s doing a pilot now, but Iâ€™ve read a lot of his script and I think itâ€™s genius. I think itâ€™s genius and I think itâ€™s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. Heâ€™s just an amazing writer-director. Heâ€™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 being in the jungle with Arnold[Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, â€˜This is a fun business!â€™â€¦Shaneâ€™s amazing. Heâ€™s an amazing storyteller.â€
The script in question was co-written by Fred Dekker, who also wrote Monster Squad. Davis sounds absolutely ecstatic about their work:
“Shaneâ€™s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. Theyâ€™ve been doing it together and Fredâ€™s great. The two of them together, theyâ€™ve been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. Iâ€™m telling you youâ€™re going to get something you donâ€™t expect and youâ€™re going to say, â€˜This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.â€™ I mean heâ€™s the guy who wrote Iron Man 3.”
What do you think? Excited? Bored? Should the Predator franchise just go away? Discuss.