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…