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Is "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black developing a sequel to the 1987 Fox horror feature "Predator"(1987), from a screenplay by Fred Dekker ("Monster Squad"), with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in some capacity as 'Dutch', the former leader of an elite special forces team ?
Black not only appeared in the classic first film, but also worked on the screenplay for director John McTiernan :
"First introduced in 1987 as the main antagonist of the film 'Predator', the Predator creatures returned in the sequels 'Predator 2' (1990), and 'Predators' (2010), as well as the crossover franchise 'Alien vs. Predator' (2004) and 'Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem' (2007).
- Michael Stevens
Black has been set to write a treatment for a new film before handing over full script duties to Fred Dekker, the man who helped Black write 1987′s cult classic, Monster Squad. Black is also set to take on directing duties as well. Original co-producer, John Davis, is producing the reboot, marking a reunion with Black who starred in the original as Hawkins.
The Predator was first unleashed in John McTiernan’s (Die Hard) 1987 original, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), before returning in 1990′s sequel, which featured Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Since then, Fox has rebranded the franchise a couple more times, pitting the Predator against Aliens in Avp: Aliens vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem »
- Scott Davis
Black will hand his treatment off to his buddy Fred Dekker (the two previously worked together on Monster Squad) who will write the script proper and pass it back to Black for production.
When Predator was being made in 1986, Black was already a screenwriting prodigy for his Lethal Weapon and Monster Squad scripts. The studio and producers wanted him to polish the script for Predator, which was then in pre-production. Black turned it down. A few weeks later, they approached him again. Once more, Black said no. Another few weeks went by, and then the studio called again. »
While Ridley Scott is off focusing on the Prometheus part of the Alien universe, it seems Alien cornerstone Ripley herself Sigourney Weaver is keen on the idea of returning to the big screen to take on the Xenomorphs again.
Appearing at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Los Angeles over the weekend, Weaver talked about the franchise, stating that “there is more story to tell”. She continued, “I feel a longing from fans for the story to be finished. I could imagine a situation where we finish telling the story.”
Sigourney Weaver first appeared as Ripley in the 1979 science fiction classic Alien and went on to star in its sequels Aliens, Alien3 and the fourth instalment Alien: Resurrection in 1997. However, she was not in the spin-off movies Alien vs. Predator or Avp: Requiem. Aside from the Xenomorphs themselves, Weaver’s Ripley was one of the most compelling and interesting aspects of the franchise. »
- Luke Owen
Even though the movie itself was kind of mediocre, we were happy to see that the Brothers Strause (Avp: Requiem) at the very least found their lighting rig for their alien invasion flick Skyline. That being said... Who's ready for more?
News has come out of Cannes that Beyond Skyline is very much a reality and we have the sales art to prove it! The film's original writer and producer Liam O’Donnell will direct the sequel, taking over from the Brothers Strause.
As of press time no plot details have been uncovered and it's also unclear if Eric Balfour, who played main human Jarrod, will return or not. If you remember, the movie ended in a really open-ended way and Jarrod's fate was... well... unnatural to say the least.
More on this one as we get it!
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- Steve Barton
Remember Skyline? The loony sci-fi FX showcase arrived in 2010 courtesey of tech-heads The Brothers Strauss (AvP: Requiem), and enjoyed a spirited rivalry with the similarly themed Battle: Los Angeles, released at almost exactly the same time. Neither was critically adored, but both did reasonably well at the box office. And while we might have predicted that, of the two, Battle: La would be the one to get a follow-up, it's actually Skyline that turns out to be heading for a sequel. As just revealed at Cannes, Liam O'Donnell, the original's writer and producer, will be the director of Beyond Skyline. There's a poster too.Skyline was an alien invasion affair, in which the human race came off really rather badly. Eric Balfour (from Marcus Nispel's Texas Chainsaw remake) starred as our nominal hero Jarrod, with support from Scottie Thompson, David Zayas and Donald Faison. The Strause Brothers always intended a franchise, »
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
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