“Iron Man 3” director Shane Black and “RoboCop 3” director and screenwriter Fred Dekker are teaming up again up to reboot the “Predator” film series for 20th Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Black will serve as director.
Black and Dekker, who co-wrote the screenplay for the 1987 comedy-horror film “Monster Squad”, are long-time friends who attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), according to the Internet Movie Database. Dekker served as the director of “Monster Squad.”
The two later shared a house together with fellow screenwriter Ed Solomon, who co-wrote Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Adventure, Charlie’s Angels, wrote the story and screenplay for “Men in Black” and has just been announced as the screenwriter for the upcoming “Venom” movie.
Dekker made the world take notice of his writing skills when he wrote the story for the 1986 horror-comedy “House” and followed it up by writing and directing the 1986 horror film, “Night of the Creeps.”
Dekker went on to write for the “Tales from the Crypt” television series and “Star Trek: Enterprise” and wrote the co-wrote the screenplay for “RoboCop 3” with comic book legend Frank Miller, according to IMDb.com.
Black made his mark in Hollywood at the age of 22 with his screenplay for the 1987 buddy-cop action comedy movie “Lethal Weapon”, which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. He went on to collaborate on the story for the 1989 sequel, “Lethal Weapon 2”, according to IMDb.com.
Black, who was one of the highest paid screenwriters in Hollywood, went on to write more screenplays, including “The Last Boy Scout,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” and a re-write of the screenplay for “Last Action Hero,” which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger starred in the original “Predator” and Glover starred in the sequel. Black, also had his first acting role in the original film.
Black was asked to take a look at the original script for "Predator," but turned the request down three times, according to THR.
To date, there have been two sequels to “Predator”, the 1990 “Predator 2” and the 2010 “Predators” and two crossover films with the “Alien” film series, the 2004 “Alien vs. Predator” and the 2007 “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.”
There has been no word on any casting or tentative release date.
THR reported that John Davis, who produced the original film with Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver, will be producing the reboot. Fox exec Matt Reilly and Davis Entertainment's Ira Napoliello are overseeing the reboot.