Shane Black’s Predator is a Sequel, Not a Reboot


Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator (1987) Movie Image

Writer/director Shane Black has confirmed to Collider that his upcoming “Predator” movie is not a reboot as previously reported, but is instead a direct sequel to the 1987 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by John McTiernan.

According to Black, instead of rebooting the franchise (which has already been rebooted once in 2010 by Robert Rodriguez in “Predators”), his movie will instead be an “inventive sequel” that Fred Dekker is currently writing (based on Black’s treatment).

Says Black:

Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?

Adding that he plans to “[expand and explore] the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”

Curiously he doesn’t say anything about 1990’s “Predator 2,” which was also a direct sequel to the 1987 movie starring Danny Glover, back when he wasn’t yet “too old for this shit.”

This would also seem to put the kibosh on Rodriguez’s planned sequel to his “Predators.” Then again, Rodriguez “plans” a lot of things, similar to Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott, who are constantly being attached to things that never get made, or at least not made with them as director.

So there you have it. Black’s “Predator” will not be a reboot as previously reported, but instead a direct sequel to the 1987 film. Hmm, I wonder if a certain Austrian Oak will be calling up Mr. Black for a chat…

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  • ErickKwon

    Blah-blah-blah. Make it hard-R violent and profane, keep it funny but not in a stupid overly meta way (“Iron Man 3″ anyone?) then add in some more f-bombs and carnage, or don’t make it at all.

    • sin isfree

      Yeah and don’t forget nude blond females ! Human , of course.

  • Dedpool

    I wouldn’t call Predato4rs a reboot either, as it clearly references the first movie. I think they’ve all but decided Predator 2 never happened. If they want to use the rich mythology I say Black gets together with Rodriguez and they come up with a story that’s a sequel to both Predator, and Predators. Or it connects the two.

  • adi

    Predators wasn’t a reboot as Dedpool mentions. Arnold’s character is mentioned in it.