Shane Black Is Looking to Ridley Scott for 'The Predator's' Inspiration

"How can I follow in the footsteps of someone who re-invents and brings that much event-ized quality to a pulp franchise?" asks the writer/director of the 2018 franchise relaunch.
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1987's 'Predator'

Pity 20th Century Fox's Predator — even when it comes to its solo revival, the extraterrestrial threat continues to be plagued by the studio's Alien franchise, with Shane Black revealing that an inspiration for his upcoming The Predator is none other than Alien and Prometheus director Ridley Scott.

Talking to IGN, the Nice Guys writer/director said that he was very conscious of Scott's relationship to the Alien franchise when it came to how he was approaching The Predator.

"How can I follow in the footsteps of someone who re-invents and brings that much event-ized quality to a pulp franchise?" he wondered aloud, continuing, "The worst thing you could hope for in one of these is a shot in bright sunlight of a field and the Predator just kind of walks on and 'hello' — you want to do ... I keep going back to Ridley Scott, the way he captured the alien in that first movie. The sense of mystery and portent. If we could just cut into a little piece of that — that sort of vibe — and then I think there's humor to be had too. And tonal shifting."

Returning to the franchise three decades after its creation, Black said, is a joy. (Black was an actor in the 1987 original, playing radioman Rick Hawkins, dispatched early in the movie by the eponymous alien hunter.)

Co-written with Fred Dekker, The Predator is scheduled for a March 2, 2018 release.

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