March 23, 2016

Shane Black Talks Predator & Lethal Weapon


With word recently that Arnold may be joining the new Predator film we all got quite excited and in a recent interview with Thrill List director Shane Black talks a little about why he wanted to come on board the project.

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.’

Personally I love all three Predator movies but Black sounds like he genuinely cares about making the best possible movie so we shall watch with great interest.

Also in the interview he was asked if he ever pitched a Lethal Weapon TV series but instead mentioned that they had an idea for Lethal Weapon 5. He said: ‘What I did at one point, we flirted with Lethal Weapon 5, and I think we had a pretty good movie, potentially. That would have been a slightly older, gunslinger version of the two of those characters. Now one’s 50 and one’s 60. That was another project I think that whatever chance it might have had went away with Mr. Gibson. Whether you think it’s fair or unfair, his chances of making $100 million movies kind of evaporated at that point.’

That’s a damn shame as I can bet it would have been better than the upcoming TV show…


Source: Thrill List

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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