TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - August 3, 2018
Once upon a time, Shane Black was the it-Hollywood screenwriter, cranking out scripts featuring well crafted narratives, three-dimensional characters, and snappy dialogue. Around the mid-90s, however, he fizzled out and didn't do much of anything before coming back with 2005's brilliant Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Since then, he co-wrote and directed the smash hit Iron Man 3, wrote and directed the absolutely fantastic 2016 flick The Nice Guys, and is now embarking on a reboot of a franchise with which he's intimately familiar with The Predator.
In case you didn't know, Black played the nerdy Hawkins in the original Predator, a role that he landed in part due to a writer's strike at the time that allowed him to be on set to punch up the script while officially serving in a different capacity. This connection to the franchise, however, landed him the job directing this new film in the franchise, one that will—as is the trend right now—ignore most of the other films and serve as a direct sequel to the original.
Black spoke with Collider at last month's Comic Con, and you can watch the full interview in the video above, in which he touches on the reasons for reshooting most of The Predator's third act. The TL:DR version, as the kids say, is that the climax originally took place during the daytime, and the Predators themselves just didn't look as scary in the cold light of day as they did in the dark.
Black's candor and sense of humor is really one of the big reasons that he's such a different animal than the typical blockbuster director in this day and age. I doubt many other directors would have been this honest about the film's shortcomings and most would have likely kowtowed to the studio's demands to not reveal any of the behind the scenes turmoil. Thank goodness Black's not one of those guys.
The Predator hits theaters on September 14.