Shane Black Hired to Direct New 'Predator' Film

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It looks like 20th Century Fox is ready to bring the feared Predator back for another round, as they’ve announced that Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang director Shane Black is set to direct a new film in the sci-fi series. While not much is known about the film at the time, many speculated out the gate that the film would be a reboot of the series, but that will actually not be the case at all.

Black was quick to squash the rumors, confirming to Collider that the new film will be a sequel:

Black tells us that he and Dekker see the project as definitely not a reboot, “As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”

THR was the first to report the news of Black joining the project, with Fred Dekker writing the script. Dekker and Black worked together before on Monster Squad, which they wrote together, and Dekker directed. What’s also interesting to note, is that Black was actually asked to rewrite the original film, but he turned down the chance, but he did actually play the role of Hawkins in the film. As he was on set though, he did work on the script, helping with rewrites and giving ideas along the way. The original film’s producer John Davis is also set to return.

It’s interesting to see all the original players coming back into play, and I’m very curious to see how this all comes together. With Arnold Schwarzenegger also be returning for this new Predator film as Dutch? Only time will tell, but with the original film’s players coming back, and Arnold recently returning to the Terminator for next year’s Terminator 5, anything is possible. Are you excited for a new Predator film?