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Reboot? Nope. Shane Black Says His ‘Predator’ Film Is A Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 25, 2014 6:07 PM
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Predator, SHane Black
In case you missed it: yesterday, it was announced that “Iron Man 3” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director Shane Black was hired to direct and write the new treatment of a “Predator” film. Black, of course, also famously started his career as a writer (the “Lethal Weapon” series who eventually became one of, if not, the highest-paid screenwriter in all of Hollywood. The original report said 20th Century Fox would be rebooting the series which did raise a few eyebrows because they had just rebooted the series four years earlier via producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal (the film stalled out with less than $50 million domestically).

Shane Black To Direct 'Predator' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 4:01 PM
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Predator, SHane Black
It's been four years since the Robert Rodriguez produced, Nimrod Antal directed "Predators," a reboot of the franchise that kinda went nowhere. The film opened third at the box office on its first weekend, barely made more than $50 million domestic, and ultimately tallied up less than "Alien Vs. Predator" or "Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem." But Fox reckons it's still a valuable property that people care about (or they're gonna make them care about it) because barely four years on, plans are underway for a reboot.

Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe Will Star In Shane Black's 'The Nice Guys'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 6:55 PM
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Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
Eight long years passed between Shane Black's first film as director, the sublime "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," and his second. But given that his second was Marvel's "Iron Man 3," a billion-dollar global hit, it seemed unlikely that a similar length of time would pass again before the "Lethal Weapon" and "Last Boy Scout" scribe got to make a third. Black was attached to a new film version of pulp hero "Doc Savage" for a while, but things have been quiet on that front for a bit. Fortunately, it seems like Black has something firm lined up, and might have some solid A-list talent circling the project.

Rumor: Chris Hemsworth Sought For 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot With Justin Lin Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 11:05 AM
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We've long known that Warner Bros. was planning some kind of remake/reboot of "Lethal Weapon" — along with a bunch of other titles in their catalog —and at one point "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall was tapped to pen the script. And we basically haven't heard anything in a few years, but today some fresh rumors suggest this thing is back in motion in a big way.

12 Great & Not-So-Great Debuts From Screenwriters-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 4:03 PM
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Screenwriters Turned Directors, Best/Worst
“...but what I really want to do is direct,” goes the hoary old Hollywood refrain. Actors, key grips, wardrobe assistants, the odd ambitious caterer -- sometimes it feels like everyone who’s ever stepped on to a movie set dreams, idly or with calculation, of one day calling the shots. Even the clapper loaders, who technically are the ones who call shots. But of all those jealously eyeing the director’s megaphone (metaphorical sadly, they seem to have gone the way of the plus-four as part of the director’s standard kit) perhaps those with the most reason to be covetous are the screenwriters, the hardy souls who turn in 120-page draft after draft, only to have their baby wrested from their grasp and dressed up, maybe brilliantly but often not, in clothes they might not have chosen themselves.

After Comparing Making Blockbuters To Prostitution, Is Nicolas Winding Refn Really Going To Make A Bond Movie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's rumors and then there's James Bond rumors, and lately they've been even more frenzied than usual. Mostly that's down to the news that "informal talks" have taken place between Christopher Nolan and producers to helm an upcoming entry in the franchise, and today brings more speculation from a couple different sources.

Shane Black Lining Up 'Doc Savage' To Direct Once Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 5:16 PM
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After pretty much destroying the box office this past weekend, and on track to take home a cool $1 billion dollars, "Iron Man 3" is a triumphant return for writer/director Shane Black. And the filmmaker at this point could likely get any meeting in town he wanted to, and will probably get scripts piled up at his door. But having been through the hype cycle one in Hollywood already (detailed in our feature 5 Scripts That Made Shane Black Hollywood's Hottest Writer In The 1990s), he's sticking to project he's been attached to forever.

Watch: Are The 'Iron Man 3' End Credits Actually Good Or Completely Out Of Place?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 3:07 PM
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Iron Man 3, end credits
By now, you're likely part of the group of everyone on the planet who went to see "Iron Man 3" last weekend. And while we broke down what we liked, and what we didn't about the third installment in our "Iron Man 3" feature yesterday, the bottom line us that, for the most part, we really enjoyed the movie. But these closing credits and are a pretty good reminder of just how messy Marvel movies in general can be.

First Draft Of 'Iron Man 3' Script Had A Sex Tape Subplot With Aldrich Killian & Pepper Potts

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 7, 2013 10:16 AM
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Iron Man 3, Guy Pearce
“Iron Man 3” continues to conquer the peaks of box office mountain and if you haven’t seen it yet, well, you probably should (and then see if you agree with our choices for best and worst elements of the movie). If you have managed to catch it, then feel free to check out the latest and amusing podcast hosted by Empire Magazine. It features “Iron Man 3” director Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce as they discuss the ins and outs of the movie and the conversation features a few interesting gems that might prick up your ears.

The Best & Worst Moments Of 'Iron Man 3'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 6, 2013 1:29 PM
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Best/worst Iron Man 3 feature
If you were in prison, comatose or pinned to the ground by a fallen armoire this weekend, it's possible you didn't see "Iron Man 3." All the rest of us, it seems, ignored our mothers' protestations and spent a couple of hours of this fine sunny summer weekend indoors in the dark, watching Robert Downey Jr. suit up as Tony Stark/Iron Man for his third solo outing. In fact, judging by these numbers, so did Mom. The "Iron Man" threequel (read about some others here) is already in the history books as the second biggest domestic opening of all time, right behind sister film "The Avengers," and looks on track to be another billion-dollar movie for the unprecedentedly successful Marvel Universe project. But with Shane Black a new recruit for the director's chair (Iron Throne?) and expectations vertiginously high for the launch of Phase Two, the finished film could be expected to show at least a few stretch marks. Our early review is here and since then, many of The Playlist have managed to catch up with it, so here's what we thought worked and what did not. **Spoilers abound.**

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