Fox has hired Shane Black to contribute more than awkward and tasteless vagina jokes to the Predator oeuvre. The Lethal Weapon writer and Iron Man 3 director has signed to oversee scripting and direct a reboot of the alien hunter series. He’s teaming up with his Monster Squad co-writer Fred Dekker who will handle the script for producer John Davis, who is hoping that this story, the third reboot, will stick.
Black was approached nearly thirty years ago to rewrite the original Predator script but passed on the project repeatedly. Producers were so driven to get him on board that they cast Black in the original film. When he arrived on the South American set, he still refused to do any rewrites. There’s a lesson there for all us. Stick to your convictions before caving in decades later. (THR)