Black & Dekker: The team behind the new Predator
Ron Seifried | On 25, Jun 2014
The 2010’s are looking more like the 1980’s with each passing day. Now comes word of a return to the world of Predator from 20th Century Fox of the 1987 horror/sci-fi film that has already witnessed several reboots over the years. Shane Black, who appeared in the original film as has been hired to write a treatment and direct the untitled project with Fred Dekker.
Black was asked by Fox in the mid-80’s to punch up the first script, only to decline numerous times. By the time he arrived on the South America set for his small acting role, the producer’s once again asked him to work on the script, which he once refused. The producers thanked him for his refusal to work on the script by making his limited role of tech expert Rick Hawkins end up being the alien hunter’s first kill onscreen.
Black told Collider that the new film is more a sequel than an actual reboot of the series. “As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway….why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Both writers are clearly not fans of reboots but are more interested in “inventive sequels,” adding that “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button” is a more interesting option.
Predator has the distinction of being the only film with two future U.S governors: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura. Alas, co-star Carl Weathers did not have any political ambitions, nearly making Predator the triple crown of state leaders.
Black, writer of the first Lethal Weapon, he also wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3. Dekker wrote and directed the cult classics Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad and is no stranger to 80’s franchises: he directed the forgettable RoboCop 3.
The Predator franchise includes one sequel to the original, two Alien vs. Predator spinoffs and one remake in 2008. Predator joins a long list of 1980’s sci-fi revivalism, including RoboCop, Mad Max, and The Terminator.