Yesterday news came out that Shane Black, writer director of Iron Man 3 and Hawkins in the original Predator, would be directing a “reboot” of Fox’s other scifi alien franchise. Despite his pedigree, people were naturally worried about yet another reboot.
Today it sounds like the Hollywood trades were slightly off on calling it a reboot, as Black tells Collider that it’s a sequel:
Black tells us that he and Dekker see the project as definitely not a reboot, â€œAs far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,â€ Black said, adding â€œWhy start over, when youâ€™ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?â€ Black said he doesnâ€™t like reboots generally, but can â€œreally get behind inventive sequelsâ€, noting that he likes â€œthe idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.â€
There is a lot of cool mythology to work with. One of the scripted, but not shot, endings for 2010’s Predators had Dutch showing up at the end leading the Predators as their king. If Black does something like that in his movie, I’m sure fans will be pretty happy.