Shane Black infused new energy into the “Iron Man” series thanks to his bold directing and story choices in “Iron Man 3.” Now, he’s set to do the same for another familiar franchise: “Predator.”
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Black is attached to direct a reboot of the ’80s action series for 20th Century Fox, and will also oversee writing on the project. Black will pen a story treatment, then pass off scriptwriting duties to his “Monster Squad” co-writer Fred Dekker.
Original producer John Davis is also on board to produce the remake.
Black rose through the Hollywood ranks right around the time the first “Predator” was made in 1987, thanks to his successful “Monster Squad” and “Lethal Weapon” scripts. THR reports that the director even had a small role in the original “Predator” — which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura — that was given to him as a bribe to coax him to rewrite the script. Black turned producers down.
Now, it seems they’ve made him an offer he can’t refuse, and no doubt having complete control over the script and director’s chair is a large part of it. THR’s report gave no indication as to when a rebooted “Predator” might make its debut, but noted that Black is quite busy right now, so the project is probably a ways off.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
Gallery | Directors Who’ve Remade Their Own Movies
- Michael Mann (‘L.A. Takedown’, ‘Heat’)
Michael Mann’s 1989 TV movie “L.A. Takedown” is a road map to the juggernaut that is “Heat.” The basic plot — an obsessive cop pursuing a retiring criminal — and the spirit of the films are shockingly similar, but the 1995 reboot is more complex, like the addition of character subplots, and essentially is the original on Hollywood steroids.
- Michael Haneke (‘Funny Games’)
The 1997 Austrian original was intended to be set in the U.S. (making the film’s onscreen violence all more the powerful), however, the director was not yet known overseas and he had to settle for a European shoot. After becoming a household name among the American arthouse crowd, though, Haneke was given the chance to see his vision realized — and he took it (for better or for worse…)
- Takashi Shimizu (‘The Grudge’)
With the success of “The Ring” — another Japanese horror film remake — Shimizu was enlisted to create an American version of his 2002 hit “Ju-On: The Grudge.” Say what you will about the movie, but it ended up grossing a huge $ 187 million off a $ 10 million budget.
- Alfred Hitchcock (‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’)
The famed director felt the 1934 British original was “the work of an amateur” and Paramount allowed him to update the film if the story was updated along with it. Starring James Stewart, the remake was worth the wait.
- Tim Burton (‘Frankenweenie’)
The 2012 version is a full-length animated feature opposed to the 1984 half-hour short. With nowhere near the pedigree he has today, Burton likely couldn’t convince Disney to make a “Frankenweenie” feature back in 1984. We’re happy he’s updated it, though, as both films have their own visual style and are prized additions to the Burton catalogue.
- Sam Raimi (‘The Evil Dead’)
The 1981 cult classic was rebooted in 2013, produced by the original’s director, Sam Raimi, and its horror hero, Bruce Campbell. Fede Alvarez’s “Evil Dead,” which went on to gross more than $ 50 million — despite not quite matching the acclaim of the original.
- George Miller (‘Mad Max’)
The original 1979 “Mad Max” sparked Mel Gibson’s acting career (and two sequels) before writer-director George Miller transitioned to new projects — including his Oscar-winning “Happy Feet” (yup, the same guy who did “Mad Max” made an animated film about frolicking penguins). In Summer 2015, “Mad Max” comes back to life with Miller in the director’s chair and Tom Hardy playing the title role. We’re pretty psyched for this one.
- Frank Capra (‘Lady for a Day’, ‘Pocketful of Miracles’)
Nearly three decades after the 1933 original, Frank Capra remade “Lady for a Day” as “Pocketful of Miracles” (1961) — his final film. The latter version was 40 minutes longer (to boost characters’ personalities) and was also shot in color. However, it felt dated even then and, ultimately, wasn’t worth the financial trouble.
- Roland Emmerich (‘Stargate’)
The 1994 original is arguably Emmerich’s most beloved film (along with 1996’s “Independence Day”), spawning multiple live-action TV series. Now, the director will be tackling the reboot — the first of a planned trilogy — along with fellow “Stargate” scribe Dean Devlin.
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