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'Predator' reboot: 20th Century Fox behind movie reboot, casting still up in air

A “Predator” reboot will be welcome news to fans of the 1987 sci-fi action flick. The new movie will be bringing the legendary “Predator” franchise back to the silver screen, though casting for the iconic roles are still up in the air this early in the preparatory process. It has been confirmed by Variety this Wednesday, June 25, however, that 20th Century Fox will be renewing the thriller and has appointed Shane Black of “Iron Man 3” fame to direct it.

New Predator reboot is coming via 20th Century Fox
New Predator reboot is coming via 20th Century FoxWikimedia Commons

It’s been over 25 years since the first installment, but a classic reboot of the original “Predator” will be making prey out of you in the near future. Most movie details are still in the works at this point in time, but 20th Century Fox has made some confirmations known. Writer and director Shane Black is hopping on board to direct the upcoming film; in recent memory, the movie guru is best-known for working on “Iron Man 3” and “Lethal Weapon.”

It is also been reported that we are in good hands in terms of an experienced producer, too. John Davis of Fox, who actually helped produce the 1987 sci-fi flick alongside the talented Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver, will be at the helm of this new “Predator” reboot. Shane Black will be teaming up with Fred Dekker as they begin writing the script. In terms of casting, nothing has been said yet. But in order to fill Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoes, it’s going to have to be one lead actor with an intimidating figure, tough personality, and memorable catchphrase, of course.

For those who may have forgotten in the past couple of decades, The Hollywood Reporter shares that the original “Predator” featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, and Carl Weathers as leading stars. These three men played war-ready commandos making their way through the jungle — which soon turns into a brutal fight for their lives against the “predators.”

For those wondering what the script may be like, it doesn’t seem like many major changes are in store. Little has been said so far, but it is known that when Shane Black arrived at the set in South America, he was asked by studio executives to glance over the tentative screenplay. The writer and director’s response was brief but firm.

"By the way, would you mind taking a look at the script?" movie official asked.

Black only said, "I’m still not rewriting it."

“Predator” did exceedingly well back in 1987, grossing in almost $100 million worldwide. Its sequels were more or less successful, but the popular franchises also branched off into the equally well-known “Alien vs. Predator” movies that premiered in the mid 2000s. For this latest reboot, Matt Reilly (an executive in film and management over at 20th Century Fox) will be acting as supervisor for the new film.

Are you excited about the upcoming “Predator” reboot? Casting may be up in the air right now, but who do you see filling the army shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his fellow commandos out in the jungle? Feel welcome to sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below.