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Woah… this news has come from nowhere. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Shane Black will be rebooting the Predator franchise for 20th Century Fox! Black will reportedly be writing the treatment for the film before handing over scripting duties to Fred Dekker (Robocop 3). Shane Black is also slated to direct the new Predator film while John Davis (Producer of all Predator and AvP movies) will be producing it. Shane Black is no stranger to the Predator franchise as fans will know he played Hawkins in 1987’s Predator. Most recently, Shane Black co-wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed Iron Man 3 movie for Marvel last year. He also wrote the original Lethal Weapon films.

Eighties action classic Predator is getting the reboot treatment from Twentieth Century Fox. But before some purists cry fowl, however, they should know that this reboot comes with an in interesting attachment: Shane Black, the venerable screenwriter behind Lethal Weapon and writer-director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bangand Iron Man 3. Black will write the treatment for the project, then will hand over scripting duties to Fred Dekker, his university chum with whom he wrote 1987’s Monster Squad. Black will oversee the writing and is also attached to direct.

The last Predator film we got was of course 2010’s Predators from Robert Rodriguez which was also supposed to be a reboot of the Predator franchise. There’s no word on when the new film will be released. Watch this space… There’s also the question of whether or not Arnold Schwarzengger will have some kind of cameo appearance as he’s now no longer the Governor of California. The odds are high, I think. Thanks to 85 for the news.



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  1. The Eighth Passenger
    I'm sure. But it just seems to me like none of the major players ever really die. I'll admit I don't really know all that much about comic books, but the impression I get is that a whole bunch of these superheroes are killed only to be brought back later. If they don't stay dead, where's the threat? Even if they get killed, you know they'll be back. It totally undermines it for me.

    Take the latest X-Men films. I honestly thought killing off Xavier was a seriously ballsy move in the third film, and it impressed the hell out of me. But now he's back. And they didn't even explain it.
    The answer is: You have to take every comic book run as a self-contained story. When a character dies, it usually stays dead, until another writer takes on the story. But for the writer who wrote the characters's death, it can be very meaningful inside the storyline created by that writer.

    Just like the Alien franchise then?
  2. Magegg
    I'm sure. But it just seems to me like none of the major players ever really die. I'll admit I don't really know all that much about comic books, but the impression I get is that a whole bunch of these superheroes are killed only to be brought back later. If they don't stay dead, where's the threat? Even if they get killed, you know they'll be back. It totally undermines it for me.

    Take the latest X-Men films. I honestly thought killing off Xavier was a seriously ballsy move in the third film, and it impressed the hell out of me. But now he's back. And they didn't even explain it.
    The answer is: You have to take every comic book run as a self-contained story. When a character dies, it usually stays dead, until another writer takes on the story. But for the writer who wrote the characters's death, it can be very meaningful inside the storyline created by that writer.
  3. HuDaFuK
    I'm sure. But it just seems to me like none of the major players ever really die. I'll admit I don't really know all that much about comic books, but the impression I get is that a whole bunch of these superheroes are killed only to be brought back later. If they don't stay dead, where's the threat? Even if they get killed, you know they'll be back. It totally undermines it for me.

    Take the latest X-Men films. I honestly thought killing off Xavier was a seriously ballsy move in the third film, and it impressed the hell out of me. But now he's back. And they didn't even explain it.
  4. SM
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    Is it a classic though?

    Did someone claim it was?

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    Will it have the same resonance in 20 or 30 years as either original franchise does today.

    Alien and Aliens resonate.  The others, not so much.  Prometheus is effectively part of the franchise, and from the amount of discussion after the film was released, it certainly wasn't easily forgotten for good or ill.

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    As I say, I thought it was OK. I wonder if it becomes more nuanced the more you see it?

    I find it more interesting - but the flaws are also amplified on repeat viewings.

  5. Russ
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    Yes it made loads of cash (so job done) but I believe that many of the fancore didn't like it.

    The main thing, however, is that critics and audiences generally did.

    Is it a classic though? Will it have the same resonance in 20 or 30 years as either original franchise does today. And also, don't you find sometimes that critical acclaim can be weighted by wanting. I remember that Empire gave The Phantom Menace five stars -- because it was the new Star Wars. Everyone wanted this to be a landmark film - and I don't think it hit those heights.

    I guess the jury's out till the trilogy (is it going to be a trilogy?) is done. As I say, I thought it was OK. I wonder if it becomes more nuanced the more you see it? For me, it seems (at this time) to lack the stickability of the original films or any of the Predator movies.

    I suppose it's a bit unfair to judge it on those terms - but... my gut feel (and that's all it is and can be at this stage) is that Predator 2:0 or whatever its going to be called will hit all the spots.
  6. SM
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    Yes it made loads of cash (so job done) but I believe that many of the fancore didn't like it.

    The main thing, however, is that critics and audiences generally did.
  7. Russ
    I read "Beware Prometheus" as more of a, watch out Prommy, this film will knock you off your perch-type thing.

    And you'd be right. I should have put more context there. What I mean is, this movie probably won't have the budget and certainly not the fanfare - Prometheus was supposed to be The Next Big Thing in the franchise. Yes it made loads of cash (so job done) but I believe that many of the fancore didn't like it.

    I have to say, I was underwhelmed[/i] to be honest. I didn't hate it, I'd certainly watch it again and I really must listen to all the commentaries.

    On the other hand, I really think Shane Black and co will deliver - as has been noted, he's smart enough to put in enough fan-nods, but won't go Ex2 over the top with it (I think anyway).
  8. HuDaFuK
    Nikolai says it in Russian just before he blows himself up, but it isn't subtitled. I thought that was nice and subtle. (Although in fairness, he could've written it on a brick and smashed it into the Predator's face, it still would've been more subtle than the other references in that film.)
  9. SM
    Event Horizon is a film I really, really enjoy. Soldier isn't appalling either, although I'm probably biased because I'm a big Kurt Russell fan.

    Everything else I've seen made by Anderson has been varying degrees of crap.

    Soldier was garbage, despite Russell and Pertwee.  EH I still dig despite it's flaws.  I liked Death Race too.  Everything else he's done - ugh...
  10. HuDaFuK
    I thought he did a fine job with the first Mortal Kombat movie. I mean a lot of the Mortal Kombat fans whom I have spoken to told me that they thought the movie was fine as it was a product of the 90s. I haven't seen Event Horizon though, but I've heard people say some mixed things about it-- some good, some bad. As for Soldier... I thought that was an interesting flick.
    I didn't enjoy Mortal Kombat at all, although my mate reckons it's his favourite film of all time.

    I don't think any of his films, even the two I singled out, are masterpieces. Soldier's just a Rambo knock-off but not as good, although I do like the concept of soldiers trained from birth - the beginning of the movie showing that was easily the best part. Similarly, Event Horizon is basically an Alien clone, admittedly one of the better ones I've seen, and again the concept it's based on is pretty interesting. The cast is good and the sets are great. I'd say it's easily the best Paul Anderson film I've seen, and I've seen most of them at some point.
  11. RakaiThwei
    Everything else I've seen made by Anderson has been varying degrees of crap.

    I thought he did a fine job with the first Mortal Kombat movie. I mean a lot of the Mortal Kombat fans whom I have spoken to told me that they thought the movie was fine as it was a product of the 90s. I haven't seen Event Horizon though, but I've heard people say some mixed things about it-- some good, some bad. As for Soldier... I thought that was an interesting flick.
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