Shane Black's 'The Predator' to be "Scary, Funny and Wondrous"
This movie needs to hurry up and come out. I kid, Shane Black and Co. should take as much time as they need to get this thing right. From the looks of things the sequel is heading in the right direction and seems to be in the right hands. Director Shane Black in an interview with Collider dropped a few hints about what to expect from the next entry in the franchise:
"I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them. I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to see… I don’t mean movie audiences I mean characters in the movie. I’m not saying the movie will be nothing anyone’s seen before"
I agree with what Black is saying here; there was always a funny macho quality to the first film that was intentionally over-the-top. He goes on the explain Fox's roll in the making of the film and their relationship:
"Fox has been very cooperative. I mean part of it is the success they had with Deadpool, but I also made a case—and I think they agreed—that fans of the Predator generally, probably aren’t looking to go to see a PG-13-rated version of it. It would be more of a letdown if it was sort of tailored to a family friendly audience than if it were allowed to play out to the same scale and level that the first R-rated one did."
I'm so glad Fox got a wake-up call with Deadpool, I think it's going to make so many future films better now that they are allowed more freedom with the source material. Shane Black is also correct in his statement, though. Who would want to go see a PG-13 predator? Not this guy. I think they might have seen the failures of the bloodless Terminator: Genisys and realized that people don't give two sh*ts about Terminators when they've been completely neutered.
I eagerly await this new Predator film and I hope it is able to stand up to the excellent original when it gets it's moment in the sun.