News today reported that writer/director Shane Black is going to "reboot" the 1987 action fan favorite, "Predator".
For those of you who don't know, Black was in the original "Predator" as the character named Hawkins, the soldier with the glasses who told the two really dirty classic jokes, and was also the first to be killed off by the creature. More recently, he is better known as the writer & director of "Iron Man 3", giving that film a bit of his witty characterization and dialogue.
I've been a fan of Shane Black for over two decades now. Back in the early-to-mid 90s, he was the highest paid writer in Hollywood. Everyone wanted him to write their films because of his handle on the proper use of dirty language and witty banter. The unfortunate part is that, aside from his classic "Lethal Weapon" script, many of the movies he wrote were directed sometimes rather incompetently by another film maker. His scripts for "Last Action Hero", "The Last Boy Scout", and "The Long Kiss Goodnight" have some of the most classic lines I can remember from late 80s-early 90s era, but the films themselves aren't the greatest thing (though I enjoy all three of them).
Shane Black made his directorial debut in 2005 with "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", which was his first collaboration with Robert Downey Jr. and also one of the films to get the actor out of the cesspool he was living in and back into the limelight of stardom. That film, in case you haven't seen it, ranks right up there with the best of his scripts in terms of memorable dialogue and thoroughly entertaining characters. This was also the film to get Val Kilmer to return to his comedic roots, albeit temporarily.
For those of you who are genre fans, Black gets the most credit for being the writer of 1987s "The Monster Squad" with director Fred Dekker at the helm. Dekker, who is a good friend of Black's and was a classmate of his back in their film school years, are again collaborating on the script for the "Predator" reboot.
Of all the movie news I've read in the past couple months, this has got to be one of those things I'm in love with and can't wait to see if the final product ever comes to be. With all of the "Predator"-related films after the original, the entire franchise went to shit and never quite existed on the same level of awesomeness that the first one maintained. The film was ridiculous, at times cheesy, but also violent, hard-core, and with (at the time) ground-breaking visual effects and a classic Arnold Schwarzenegger performance to showcase just how entertaining summer movies should be.
P.S. Here's the jokes: