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Shane Black talks about the new Predator movie and Doc Savage


The new trailer for Shane Black’s The Nice Guys dropped earlier today. Go check it out. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling do great things and it looks like lots of fun.

Black has also got a couple of other projects in the works. He is finally got a new Predator movie heading our way. He is set to direct that and he co-wrote the script with Fred Dekker and let us not forget that Black also starred in the original Predator movie.

He has also been working on bringing the pulp hero Doc Savage to the big screen. That has been in development for a while and it looks like he wants Dwayne Johnson to play Doc.


Black was talking to Thrillist and he spoke about the films. First up they asked him about the new Predator movie.

They called me and I was reluctant. I said, “Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these AVP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of an event.” They’re just sort of another Predator. “Oh, there’s another one that came out.” They said, “What if we said to you we want to reinvent this, and really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the Alien prequel, which is coming out also? We really want to make this something. The kind of movie that people line up for.” I said, “Really, you’ll spend a bunch of money?” They go, “Yep.” I go, “Make it really scale, spectacle?” “Yep.” “Shit, that sounds interesting.”

I think the first one was great, and it was contained, and it was a perfect little gem for what it was. I think there’s an expansion that needs to take place, and also just a love for that era, that movie, and the mythology of the Predator. I think that they came to me knowing pretty much that… they said, basically, if I wanted to make Predator but treat it like it was Iron Man III instead of just another little movie. I said, “Let’s really do it right this time.”

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger be involved?

Still in talks, script still a secret.

Here is what he had to say about Doc Savage.

Doc Savage is sort of in the ether now. We’re hoping to make it sometime next year. I would very much like to do Doc with a fellow named Dwayne Johnson if we can make that work. I made a decision that Dwayne is the guy. It’s on the back burner while he’s busy.

I am looking forward to both films, but I love the sound of the new Predator film.



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