'The Predator' Writer on Giant Inspirations, Teases Backstory
Following The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black will dive head-first into the action-sci-fi franchise with The Predator, a kind of soft-reboot of the franchise which is already teasing a new look Predator.
Coming in February 2018, the film is being co-written by Black and Fred Dekker, who teases inspiration coming from some of the biggest films and names in film history.
“If you think of the first Predator as Alien, ours is much more Aliens. It’s not Ten Little Indians, it’s not, Let’s kill off all of our characters, because we have a lot of characters, from a lot of different worlds and ideologies. I don’t mean other planets. It’s a lot of people doing a lot of things in a lot of locations.”
He looks for inspiration from filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, confirming that he and Black have big expectations on themselves for the new film.
"“There’s a lot of great stuff in the Predator but it’s very simple. Guys get dropped in a jungle, and there’s an alien monster, and they fight the monster, and they all die except for one — spoiler alert! — and then the thing self-destructs, and there’s a nuke, and then [Arnold Schwarzenegger] flies away.
"It’s relatively simple. And our idea was, Okay, we know that story already. What’s behind the curtain? Why are they here? What are they doing? What’s the bigger picture of this?… I think these are questions you can answer, or at least explore, without defeating that sense of scariness. And who knows if their agenda’s changed?”