Shane Black Says His 'Predator' Sequel Will Be a Giant Blockbuster Like 'Iron Man 3'

Shane Black Says His 'Predator' Sequel Will Be a Giant Blockbuster Like 'Iron Man 3'

Mar 23, 2016

The original Predator might be remembered as a major action movie from the '80s, but it wasn't really that big. Its cost was only $15 million and it only earned $60 million ($133 million in today's dollars), placing it outside the top 10 highest-grossing movies of 1987, below such forgotten films as The Secret of My Success and Stakeout, despite its having the second-best opening weekend of the year. And it wasn't very grand in terms of its scope, either, being mainly a cat-and-mouse story in a single jungle setting.

The four follow-ups, including two sequels and two crossovers with the Alien franchise, also weren't huge movies. But the next time we see one of those dreadlocked extraterrestrial hunters, in the currently titled The Predator, it's going to be in a gigantic action tentpole.

In an interview with Thrillist, writer-director Shane Black claims Fox came to him and basically asked if he "wanted to make Predator but treat it like it was Iron Man 3 instead of just another little movie," and he said, "Let's really do it right this time." 

Black, who co-stars in the original (see above) and was asked by Fox to work on the original script at the time, has written and will direct the next installment, possibly with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning ("still in talks," he says). Here's why he took on a gig he'd said no to for years:

They called me and I was reluctant. 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." "Sh*t, that sounds interesting."

With the script still a secret, though, we have no idea what it will mean for this new Predator to be a much bigger, blockbuster-scale movie. Will there be more Predators (that title implies still just one)? Will Arnie have to take on a whole invasion in retaliation for what occurred in the 1987 movie? And bigger doesn't just mean better, plus Iron Man 3 aside, Black hasn't exactly been an Independence Day level movie kind of guy. 

Thrillist also got Black to give an update on his Doc Savage adaptation, which he says could shoot next year. And he revealed that he's trying to get another big action hero for the lead: Dwayne Johnson. 

Read the rest of the interview for more on that, the Lethal Weapon TV show, his future with Iron Man and Marvel and mostly his upcoming comedy The Nice Guys.




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