THE PREDATOR Director Shane Black Says The Film Will Be Scary, Funny, and Wondrous
I'm pumped up about the new Predator movie that Shane Black is currently developing with his Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker. I believe that fans are going to get the badass Predator film we've all been waiting for.
Every film that has been released in the Predator franchise has had some cool things, but none of them have really measured up to the bar that was set with the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger original. Black might just be what this franchise needed. After all, he did work on the very first film.
In a recent interview with Collider, Black talked about his plans for the film and about the tone, characters, and the R-rating that they are going for. He started off by talking about the tone he is looking to capture, saying:
“I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them. I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to see… I don’t mean movie audiences, I mean characters in the movie. I’m not saying the movie will be nothing anyone’s seen before (laughs).”
A wondrous Predator movie, huh? I like the sound of that! The first film had that wondrous feeling, but it's exactly what every other film with these alien hunters has lacked since. He went on to talk about the characters in the film:
“I think it’ll be interesting to get a group of credible guys—the hallmark of the first one is you have guys together that are kinda funny and self-referential and also very tough. I don’t know that we’re going to deviate over much from that, but there are at least a couple of factors that we’ve deliberately chosen to make it not just that group of buff, tough guys.”
I assumed that would be the case because you don't want to replicate what's already been done. Black also spoke about making sure to give fans the R-rating the film should have.
“Fox has been very cooperative. I mean part of it is the success they had with Deadpool, but I also made a case—and I think they agreed—that fans of the Predator generally, probably aren’t looking to go to see a PG-13-rated version of it. It would be more of a letdown if it was sort of tailored to a family friendly audience than if it were allowed to play out to the same scale and level that the first R-rated one did.”
It seems to me like The Predator is headed in the right direction. Black is headed up to Vancouver in about a week or two to seriously dive into pre-production and they are looking to start shooting the film in mid-February. The film is set to be released on February 9, 2018.