‘Predator’ sequel will ‘reinvent’ the franchise, says producer

John Davis confirms long-awaited film is still in development

Shane Black’s forthcoming Predator sequel will ‘reinvent a franchise’, according to its producer John Davis.

The movie was announced last year with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Black set to helm the project. Precious few details have emerged since, but according to Davis, it’s very much in the pipeline.

“Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius,” asserted Davis who, as reported by Collider, answered questions on Predator at the Television Critics Association where he was discussing his new NBC series, The Player.

“I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’…Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.

“Shane’s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They’ve been doing it together and Fred’s great. The two of them together, they’ve been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’ I mean he’s the guy who wrote Iron Man 3.”

Black’s next release is forthcoming film The Nice Guys, a mystery thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer and Kim Basinger.