Back in 2014, Iron Man 3/Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black signed on to write and direct a new Predator movie. According to producer John Davis, Black’s Predator film is supposedly going to reinvent the franchise. For those of you already rolling your eyes at the thought of another Hollywood reboot, not to worry. Shane Black has insisted that his Predator film is NOT a reboot. Instead, Black is making sequel that will follow the mythology of the series (most likely alienating the subpar Alien Vs. Predator films). While the script was completed back in December, the exact details of the plot are still under wraps. However, after years of waiting, we finally have what appears to be a first look at Shane Black’s take on the ugly motherf****r himself.
Screenwriter Fred Dekker took to Facebook recently to confirm that the script for a new Predator movie had been turned into the studio. He also included some concept art by 7 year old Angus Herndon in his post. This will be the fourth movie in the series (not counting the Alien vs Predator movies; no one counts them. In fact, forget we mentioned them). After setting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the jungle and Danny Glover in the city, the last movie we got was an effort produced by Robert Rodriguez, which took the Aliens approach by giving us multiple creatures and adding an ‘s’ to the title. Predators starred Adrien Brody, who consumed so many protein shakes for the role that he added an entire other Pianist to his body. While the eclectic history of the franchise may not give many clues as to what we’re in for with Predator 4, we do know a few things.
The hunt is on for Channing Tatum and 20th Century Fox. After director Rupert Wyatt left the Gambit scene due to creative differences, potential names have been popping up, all to hopefully take over the vacant position. As of a few days ago, the latest rumored candidate was Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow director, but it seems that two new names have been added to the wish list since then. Heroic Hollywood reported the details on the latest possibilities. (more…)
It appears that fate has heard you, Bastards. When our own Mark Poynter posted last night that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and his Monster Squad writing partner Fred Dekker were working on a reboot of Predator, some of you questioned the logic of rebooting a perfectly viable franchise that’s already laid a tremendous amount of ground work. Black, as it turns out, agrees. One website reached out to Black who refined yesterday’s announcement to declare that his Predator film will be an “inventive sequel” rather than a pointless reboot. (more…)
If you’re looking for a hero that rivals even Superman in his ability to take on all challenges, look no further than Doc Savage. This pulp hero of the early 20th century is looking to make a comeback via comic book movie writer Shane Black. While no release date has been set as of yet, it is known that Black shall both write and direct Doc Savage and that it’s high on his priority list. And furthermore, he may be looking toward Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, to play the title role. (more…)
Word has just broke that Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) has been tagged to write and direct the reboot of 20th Century Fox’s Predator franchise. (more…)
Of course, films rarely go from script to screen with absolutely no changes to plot, or character, or dialogue, and Iron Man 3 is no exception. In advance of the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film, several alternative takes of the film’s grand finale at the docks have been posted online. The work by storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro shows some subtle differences between what was planned and what the finished film turned out to be.
Amongst the changes, an all-new, all-different ending for The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Now I know what Shane Black did with The Mandarin in the film was, uh, contentious to say the least. I was fine with it, but the “new ending” for The Mandarin seems kind of silly to me, which is maybe why it was cut. Anyway, there may be spoilers in the video clips below if you haven’t yet seen Iron Man 3, so you’ve been warned appropriately.
Here’s the alternative ending for The Mandarin:
Expanded Rhodey Role in Finale:
Final Fight, Tony Vs Killian:
Overall I enjoyed Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, overall… until the big reveal about Ben Kingsley‘s character the Mandarin. If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet and don’t want to know more, then for pete’s sake stop reading and go figure out why you haven’t seen this movie yet. Seriously, you should get whatever stopped you from going to the theater straightened out before it prevents you from seeing Avengers 2, on the big screen.
The funny folks at How It Should Have Ended have done the impossible. They’ve made Iron Man 3 watchable! Damn if it’s the 5th most successful movie of all time, it was a shit show through and through. Plot holes, fire breathers, misuse of The Mandarin, the head turning ending; it all culminated in IM3 being a massive disappointment. I shake my head to this swan song of Tony Stark. Anyway…
HISHE makes several very funny points about Shane Black‘s Marvel blockbuster. They give us their humorous vision of how of how IM3 should have ended.
WARNING: If you haven’t seen the film (it’s been out for 5 weeks already, what’s wrong with you?), the video below contains massive spoilers.
This just covers everything I was thinking when I watched the film, except The Incredibles thing. The comparison is really changing my opinion on how unoriginal this movie might actually be.
Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)
Here’s what Black had to say:
“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.
They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”
Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?