The Predator film universe seems to be in some very capable hands, with Iron Man 3's Shane Black teaming up with The Monster Squad's Fred Decker to deliver a serviceable screenplay that hopes to inject new life into the dormant franchise. Since the intergalactic hunters were last sighted in the respectable 2010 sequel, Predators, the humidity-loving, dreadlocked creatures have been absent from the silver screen and mostly banished to the comic-book realm. Now here's an inspiring update on the new Predator sequel coming via 20th Century Fox from producer John Davis (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Chronicle), revealing the current state of the project and his undeniable confidence in his creative duo.
Collider chatted with Davis in a recent interview, where he enlightened fans on the movie's progress::
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.
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.'Black is apparently on track with his completed treatment, aligning the sequel with established continuity within the three standalone Predator movies, and will direct, with Dekker delivering the entire screenplay in conjunction with his friend's input. Black actually co-starred in John McTiernan's 1987 original, and he and Dekker previously united to write that year's classic horror adventure, The Monster Squad.
What do you think of the talent behind this latest Predator project, and where would you like to see it prowl next?