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'Predator' is getting a new sequel from 'Iron Man 3' director Shane Black

'Predator' is getting a new sequel from 'Iron Man 3' director Shane Black

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We've already seen a new RoboCop and a revamped Terminator is on the way, but now the sci-fi action flick Predator is in line for a new entry. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Shane Black is writing the treatment for a new chapter in the series and is attached to direct. Fred Dekker (RoboCop 3) will write the actual script itself.

Initial reports were that Black would be making a reboot of Predator, but the director recently told Collider that wasn't strictly the case. "Why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine?" he said. Of course, given the nature of the Predator storyline, it's not clear just where the line between reboot and sequel lies. A new film could simply be about yet another creature landing somewhere in the universe, without referencing the original film in any way, and still be considered a sequel.

Black rose to prominence in the 1980s as the screenwriter of action movies like Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout. Save for the underrated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, however, he had largely stayed quiet during the past decade — until he took on Iron Man 3. That film turned the Tony Stark formula on its head, with Black bringing his unique action sensibilities and sarcastic wit to the project. As a piece of trivia, Black actually had a small role in the original Predator itself (spoiler: his character didn't survive) and given the meandering turns the franchise has taken since the 1987 original he might be a perfect fit to put a new twist on the familiar movie monster.

Update 6/25 3:24PM: Updated with quote from Shane Black and his clarification that the new film is a sequel, not a reboot.