Why Shane Black Changed His Mind and Took Over 'The Predator' Revival
Writer/director Shane Black wasn't always 100% onboard to revive the Predator franchise.
"I was reluctant. I said, 'Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we've been churning out these AvP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they're okay, but there's no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of an event.' They're just sort of another Predator," Black told Thrillist.
Fox's response is one fans, and Black, apparently, can be thankful for. "They said, 'What if we said to you we want to reinvent this, and really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the Alien prequel, which is coming out also? We really want to make this something. The kind of movie people line up for.'
"I said, 'Really, you'll spend a bunch of money?' They go, 'Yep.' I go, 'Make it really scale, spectacle?' 'Yep.' 'S—-, that sounds interesting.'"
The director will look back to go forward, taking his attention to the first Predator film to expand the mythology of the Predator. The studio wants him to "treat it like it was Iron Man III instead of just another little movie."