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Shane Black to direct and co-write Predator remake

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Grzegorz Domaradzki

Reboots and remakes seem all the rage in Hollywood these days, some have succeeded in adding something to the property it remade. Many others have crashed and burned and have seriously damaged the reputation of Hollywood as being out of ideas and not fostering originality.

Today, another log was put onto that fire with the announcement that Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) would rewrite a treatment and direct a reboot of the sci-fi action movie Predator.

The alien hunter has seen a bit of a resurgence as of late. After a sequel, the creature faced of against the Xenomorphs in Alien vs. Predator and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. Robert Rodriguez has dusted off an old script in 2010 and got Nimrod Antal to direct it. Predators tried to revive the franchise, however moderate success was not enough to pull this franchise out of the doldrums.

Black's involvement is exciting, but it also might put the project on the back burner. Black has enjoyed a career revival after his directorial debut in 2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and his follow up movie, a little art project called Iron Man 3. However Black has shown interest in getting to long gestating projects off the ground. The first being an adaptation of the old pulp hero Doc Savage, which may have Chris Hemsworth eyeing the lead, as well as a noir project The Nice Guys which has Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the leads.

Black will also apparently write a treatment and hand it off to his writing partner for the whole screenplay. Yet this feels right, Black actually was in the first Predator movie. He was also an adviser for the studio to make sure John McTiernan wouldn't get in too deep (he was inexperienced at that time). Shane Black has also proven himself to be a solid writer and filmmaker so maybe a good remake will be on it's way. One can only hope, because these kinds of reboots that are good are as elusive as an alien game hunter with a cloaking device.