Film Fanatic: ‘Predator’ Sequel, Darabont Directing Sequel, ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Cast
Shane Black to Make ‘Predator’ Sequel
Plans of another Predator sequel are in the works and fans of the original ’80s classic will be excited to know that a prolific writer from that decade is on board to direct and write the treatment.
Shane Black, the writer behind the Lethal Weapon franchise and the writer/director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, will helm the next Predator film and instead of simply rebooting the franchise, Black plans on making a sequel with Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) writing the screenplay.
Here’s what Black told Collider:
“As far as Fred and I are concerned, why start over when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine? I like the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button,” said Black.
Why Black wouldn’t just write the screenplay himself and instead give it to someone in Dekker who hasn’t written a feature film since Robocop 3 more than twenty years ago is curious, but the pair did write The Monster Squad together and Black thinks Dekker is “perfect for the project.”
This news is encouraging considering Black’s history with Predator (He acted in the original) and the fact he’s one of the great action writers of the past 30 years. Of course the one thing I and many other fanboys will be wondering is whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will play a role in the new film. He doesn’t mind going back to the well of success (He has Terminator and Conan movies in production), so I have to imagine, and hope, that Dutch will at least make a cameo.
Danny Glover will most likely not make a cameo because “he’s too old for that shit.”
Frank Darabont to Direct ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2’
Universal has found their director for the upcoming sequel, Snow White and the Huntsman 2, and it’s a strange one. Veteran filmmaker Frank Darabont has been chosen to helm the follow up to the surprise hit from 2012 which starred Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as (The Huntsman?) and Charlize Theron as the evil milk-bathing queen.
This news is interesting on a number of levels. For one, Darabont hasn’t released a feature film since The Mist in 2007 (He’s been busy in the television world with shows like The Walking Dead and Mob City) and for a director of his caliber, choosing a big-budget sequel to a movie that wasn’t that well-received is curious.
Also, it appears that Kristen Stewart may not be returning for the follow-up which isn’t all that surprising considering her much-publicized affair with director Rupert Sanders during production.
So is the sequel going to be called The Huntsman since Snow White isn’t actually going to appear in the movie? I picture a lot of colons in this title like Snow White: The Huntsman Chronicles or Snow White Origins: The Huntsman.
With Hemsworth becoming a bigger star, news of him being the focal point of the movie isn’t a shock and according to THR, Charlize Theron will be returning for the sequel as well.
I haven’t seen the original, but Darabont’s involvement at least makes me mildly intrigued. The man did give us The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile as well as The Mist which is underrated. I wish he would do more original work or continue to adapt Stephen King novels but at least this is something.
Universal hopes to get Huntsman 2 into theaters by 2016, but that might be a problem considering Hemsworth’s busy schedule with Avengers: Age of Ultron and other potential projects. But sequels were always planned for Huntsman so the 2016 target is probably happening.
Trio of Actors Join Coen Brothers Latest
The Coen Brothers’ next film, Hail Caesar!, already has George Clooney starring as a fixer who works for the big studios in 1950s Hollywood, but now he has a trio of stars joining him on the film.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are on board as well. Tatum’s part is described as a “Gene Kelly type,” Fiennes will play a studio director and Swinton a gossip columnist.
The last time Clooney played a “fixer” in a movie, it was the masterpiece Michael Clayton, but Caesar will follow a more comedic tone in line with Clooney and the Coen’s previous collaborations.
Tatum’s involvement is most interesting. He’s certainly capitalizing on his recent success by working with filmmakers ranging from Roland Emmerich and the Wachowski Siblings to Bennett Miller and now the Coen Brothers. Strike while the iron’s hot.
The film will be released in 2015.
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