Director Shane Black has been cranking out great action movies for years but made the jump into big-budget sci-fi with a little project called Iron Man 3. Now he’s setting his sights on a new Predator.
Black talked with Thrillist about the project, and the back and forth involved with Fox for him to sign on. Turns out, Black has the same qualms as most fans when it comes to Predator — the franchise has been diluted by the silly Alien vs. Predator crossover films (though 2010’s largely forgotten Predators was surprisingly solid), and he didn’t want to be involved in something hindered by tie-ins or budget cuts. So, if he were to do Predator, he wanted to do a big-budget, wild sci-fi take on the franchise. Luckily for all of us, Fox agreed.
Here’s the choice excerpt:
“They called me and I was reluctant [to take on the new movie]. I said, 'Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we've been churning out these AVP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they're okay, but there's no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of an event.' They're just sort of another Predator. 'Oh, there's another one that came out.'
They said, 'What if we said to you we want to reinvent this, and really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the Alien prequel, which is coming out also? We really want to make this something. The kind of movie that people line up for.' I said, 'Really, you'll spend a bunch of money?' They go, 'Yep.' I go, 'Make it really scale, spectacle?' 'Yep.' 'Shit, that sounds interesting.’ They said, basically, if I wanted to make Predator but treat it like it was Iron Man III instead of just another little movie. I said, 'Let's really do it right this time.’”
Though Iron Man 3 is a somewhat controversial entry for some fans in the MCU, it was largely well received by critics and did gangbusters at the box office (I’m a big fan of it myself). So having Black take on Predator could make for one heck of a great sci-fi action flick. News that he’ll have a blockbuster budget to pull it off? Even better.
What do you think? Is Black the right man for the job?