From Predator star to The Predator director, Shane Black on creating the most dangerous predator yet

From Predator star to The Predator director, Shane Black on creating the most dangerous predator yet


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Thirty years after starring in Predator, why did Shane Black decide to make The Predator? “I just thought there was some juice there,” shares Black, who believes the franchise has an “uncanny longevity in the zeitgeist.”

The filmmaker behind Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys returns to his Hollywood roots with his newest film. Before he wrote and directed those films, he appeared in 1987’s Predator as Rick Hawkins, one of the film’s special forces members — and the Predator’s first onscreen victim. Now, three decades later, Black has gone from being killed by the predator to building the ultimate Predator.

In the upcoming film, which stars Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), the universe’s most lethal hunters return “stronger, faster, and smarter.”

EW chatted with Black about why he dove back into the Predator universe, finding his own cast instead being a part of it, and if there’s room for more films.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Other than your connection to the franchise, why did you want to make The Predator?
SHANE BLACK: I think there was a bit of nostalgia involved. I remember standing in

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