|Source: Film School Rejects|
Universally renowned Hollywood director Shane Black has this week announced the development of a sequel to the 2010 action blockbuster Predators at 20th Century Fox. Previously thought to be a reboot of the oft-overlooked series of Alien spin-off flicks, the film will instead continue to explore narrative threads opened in past cinematic instalments, albeit not necessarily in a manner which forces it to directly follow on from Predator, Predator 2, Predators or (gods forbid) the two Alien Vs. Predator crossover movies.
Just as Black (who's apparently set to direct the follow-up) himself questions the logic behind scrapping the dense continuity of the Predator series outright, so too does it seem pointless to convey his comments to you in any form other than straight from the horse's mouth (via his recent interview with Collider): "As fair as Fred [Dekker, the project's current screenplay writer] and I are concerned, why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine? [I can] really get behind inventive sequels [...] and the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button." After the inertly dull motion picture that presented itself under the name Predators two years ago, Fox have a way to go until they can restore our faith in the series, yet to their credit, the studio have already proved their capability to do so with franchises such as Planet of the Apes and with Black at the helm, there's every chance they'll do the same here.
For all the latest news on the currently-in-development follow-ups to both Predators and Prometheus, along with the future of the Alien Vs. Predator franchise overall, keep it On-Screen in the months ahead.