A year ago, 20th Century Fox’s announced that their upcoming untitled Predator sequel will be directed by American screenwriter, director, producer, Shane Black with Fred Dekker writing and John Davis producing the film.
Since then we didn’t hear much from the project, but today Collider caught up with John Davis at Television Critics Association and asked him if the Predator sequel is still in works, he replied: “Oh yes, you better believe it.”
He adds, “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.”
Davis goes on, “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,” he concluded.
Update: Writer Fred Dekker has completed and turned in the Predator sequel script, according to Dekker’s Facebook post.
The first movie in the Predator franchise, Predator (1987) was directed by John McTiernan with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team, who are on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America. It was followed by a direct sequel, Predator 2 (1990) directed by Stephen Hopkins, starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall.
After Predator 2, 20th Century Fox introduced Alien vs. Predator (2004), the first installment of the Alien vs. Predator franchise adapting a crossover bringing together the eponymous creatures of the Alien and Predator series. It was followed by a sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
In 2009, Robert Rodriguez relaunched the franchise with Predators (2010) directed Nimród Antal. The third installment of the Predator franchise follows an ensemble cast of characters including Royce (Adrien Brody), a mercenary who appears in an unidentified jungle among other murderers and otherwise undesirable people.
They find that they have been abducted and placed on a planet which acts as a game reserve for two warring tribes of extraterrestrial killers, and actively look for a way to return to Earth.
The cast also included Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo.
Shane Black currently has 3 projects lined up as a director and writer for The Destroyer, Doc Savage, & Untitled Predator Sequel. It is unclear which will be the first to hit the big screens.
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