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    Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Shazam! (2019), Joker (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019) and Birds of Prey (in development), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman, Justice League and Joker sequels.   - - - Warner Bros. sets 'Sherlock' sequel date Meyer particularly highlighted that DC Comics characters are key parts of Warner's future, mentioning a July 20, 2012 release date for the latest "Batman" film by Christopher Nolan and a holiday season 2012 "Superman" film. He added that the studio is also "nearing" a greenlight for a "Flash" movie, with films featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Mad magazine characters also in development. Hollywood Reporter, May 27
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    Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Joker (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019) and Birds of Prey (in development), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman, Justice League and Joker sequels.  - - - Sandler sidekick to captain "Shazam!" movie Director Peter Segal, who shot the Adam Sandler hits "The Longest Yard," "50 First Dates" and "Anger Management," has come aboard "Shazam!" -- an adaptation of the DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel. The comic focused on young Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero known as Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word "Shazam!" Reuters, April 13 2006 Exclusive: Peter Segal on Shazam! At Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. kicked off their presentation on Saturday with hilarious footage from their update on Get Smart directed by Peter Segal, who directed three of Adam Sandler's recent comedies and comedy classics like The Naked Gun 33 1/3, but he's also attached to helm New Line's movie Shazam! based on the Quality and DC Comics character Captain Marvel. Produced by Michael Uslan (Batman, The Spirit) and written by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), it's one of the lighter comic superheroes, but it still might seem like a strange choice to some people considering Segal's past work. ComingSoon.net, July 28 2007
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    The words "successfully franchised" and "Kevin J. Anderson" do not belong in the same sentence (even if there is a tacit acknowledgement that Anderson is merely "workmanlike"). Anderson's involvement in the early Star Wars Extended Universe (which now seems to be forming the basis for Disney films like Solo: A Star Wars Story) was one of the main reasons I bailed on those books in the 1990s, and, while I've never followed the Dune franchise, I remember commiserating with Dune fans over Anderson's involvement in those books.
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    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    I don't check in here as regularly as I used to, but I could be in, pending possible future busyness.
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    Godzilla 2

    Links to our threads on the 1954 and 2014 versions of Godzilla. - - - ‘Godzilla’ Sequel In The Works At Warner Bros. & Legendary EXCLUSIVE: After opening to $103M internationally — the biggest opening of 2014 so far — and grossing $93M domestic stateside this weekend, it should come as no surprise that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.‘ are already developing a sequel to the monster hit. It was confirmed to Deadline this morning that a Godzilla sequel is underway. . . . Deadline.com, May 18
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

    Links to our threads on the first and third films. Links to our threads on the film versions of Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Goblet of Fire (2005), Order of the Phoenix (2007), Half-Blood Prince (2008), Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011); and links to our threads on the book versions of Half-Blood Prince (2005), Deathly Hallows (2007) and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008). Coming in 2018.
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    First Reformed

    Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried to Star in Drama 'First Reformed' Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried will star in Paul Schrader's next film, First Reformed. The Arclight Films and Killer Films project follows an ex-military chaplain (Hawke) who is tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces. He is further challenged after befriending a young parishioner (Seyfried), and her radical environmentalist husband. He soon discovers hidden secrets of his church's complicity with unscrupulous corporations. . . . "First Reformed is a script I've been moving toward for almost fifty years. Ethan Hawke’s image appeared to me while I was writing and he responded days after reading the script,” said Schrader. “Now we are delighted to be able to add Amanda Seyfried. These are unique performers with a special charisma.” . . . The Hollywood Reporter, September 9
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    Boy Erased

    Joel Edgerton To Direct, Lucas Hedges To Star In Gay Deprogram Drama ‘Boy Erased’ EXCLUSIVE: Multiple distributors are bidding for Boy Erased, a provocative drama Joel Edgerton has scripted and will direct based on the memoir by Garrard Conley. Edgerton will star with Manchester By The Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, and Edgerton is courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman for supporting roles, I’m told. . . . Edgerton, who wrote and produced the 2015 sleeper hit The Gift, has adapted the 2016 Garrard memoir of his harrowing time attending Love in Action, an entity that attempts to deprogram LGBT people. The son of a Baptist pastor in a conservative small Arkansas town, Conley was outed to his parents at age 19. Conley was faced with attending a church-supported conversion therapy program that purports to “cure” homosexuality. The alternative was to risk losing his family, friends and his religion. He entered the program, but instead of emerging from the brutal Twelve-Step Program as heterosexual, he left with the strength to embrace his true identity. The drama covers the difficulty of coming of age as a gay person in a conservative community, and the struggles that can occur when one tries to suppress that sexual identity. Hedges, who broke out in the Oscar-nominated Manchester By The Sea, will play the protagonist, and Edgerton will play the man who runs the therapy program. Edgerton, Crowe and Kidman have long talked about doing a film together, and he wants them to play Conley’s parents. . . . Deadline.com, June 8
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    Zombieland 2

    Link to our thread on Zombieland (2009). (Has it really been *nine years* since Zombieland came out? Wow. Jesse Eisenberg before The Social Network, Emma Stone before her Oscar for La La Land, Woody Harrelson before he became "franchise guy" via his appearances in The Hunger Games, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars...) Links to our threads on Now You See Me (2013) and Now You See Me 2 (2016), which also co-starred Eisenberg and Harrelson. (We also have a thread on the in-development Now You See Me 3.) - - - ‘Zombieland 2’ A Go At Sony; Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg & Abigail Breslin On Board It’s official. Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin have all signed up to return Zombieland with the original film’s director Ruben Fleischer also on board to direct the film for Sony Pictures. Fleischer, the director of Sony’s hotly anticipated Venom standalone, is reteaming with the writers from the first film, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. . . . In Zombieland 2, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. . . . Deadline.com, July 13
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    RoboCop Returns

    Links to our threads on the original trilogy (1987-1993) and the reboot (2014). - - - Neill Blomkamp To Direct New ‘RoboCop’ For MGM; Justin Rhodes Rewriting Sequel Script By Creators Ed Neumeier & Michael Miner EXCLUSIVE: MGM is developing a new installment of RoboCop and has set District 9 director Neill Blomkamp to helm the picture, which is titled RoboCop Returns. The studio hopes to revive a franchise that began with the Paul Verhoeven-directed satirical sci-fi action thriller that Orion released in 1987. Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and exec producing, respectively. Justin Rhodes, who co-wrote the Terminator film that Tim Miller is shooting, will rewrite the script that Neumeier and Miner wrote years ago as a planned sequel to Verhoeven’s hit, an installment that never happened. That duo is creatively involved in moving forward their creation for the first time since the original. . . . The plot: anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption. . . . Why wasn’t this sequel story told years ago? Neumeier and Miner sold the original as a spec script and Orion’s Mike Medavoy, emboldened by the success of Platoon, got heavily behind it. Neumeier and Miner got paid a paltry sum upfront, but eight points of producer profits fattened their wallets. The inspiration was classic Westerns with leading man of few words, namely John Wayne in The Searchers and Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. . . . The original grossed over $50 million and got three Oscar noms including a win for Best Sound Effects Editing. Despite this, and even though Neumeier and Miner had written a worthy followup in the spirit of the original, their sequel didn’t happen for several reasons. “Verhoeven felt at the time that making one would be de classe and he wasn’t interested in the politics of a sequel, “Neumeier told Deadline. “Then, the writers strike came along in 1988 and we were force majeured off the project. They brought in Frank Miller on a waiver. He wrote a draft and then another with Walon Green, and it got made by Irvin Kershner, who directed The Empire Strikes Back. I went off and did Startship Troopers with Paul.” It came back around when he got a call from MGM president Jon Glickman, tasked with creating franchise material for that studio. “Right when Trump was about to be elected president he called me and said, ‘Did you actually predict in your sequel script that a reality star would run for president and win?’ We had. So Mike and I wrote a draft and gave one interview in Barbados and I think the only person who read it was Neill Blomkamp, and that set this in motion.” . . . Deadline.com, July 11
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    FOX Orders Lucifer Pilot with Underworld Director Len Wiseman Helming FOX has officially ordered a pilot for the TV adaptation “Luficer,” based on the Vertigo title by Mike Carey. “Sleepy Hollow” co-creator and Underworld director Len Wiseman will helm the project which now has Jerry Bruckheimer joining as an executive producer. The TV series centers on Lucifer, who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. Largely inspired by John Milton’s approach to the character in “Paradise Lost,” this version of Lucifer first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” (itself in the process of heading to the big screen). Carey expanded the character into a solo title in 2000. The popular series was published through 2006 and ran 75 issues. . . . Coming Soon, February 19
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    Star Wars: Episode IX

    ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Eyes Keri Russell (EXCLUSIVE) Sources tell Variety that the “Felicity” alum is in early talks to join J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which Abrams is writing and directing. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.” The role calls for action-heavy fight scenes. Russell has shown her ability to perform tough stunts in projects like FX’s “The Americans,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Abrams and Lucasfilm execs met with several actresses for the role in the past two months and settled on Russell right before the Fourth of July holiday. . . . It’s unknown at this time whether Russell will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire. Variety, July 6
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    Star Wars: Episode IX

    Links to the threads on Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, Episode VIII and the 2004 and 2006 editions of Episodes IV-VI on DVD and the 2011 edition of Episodes I-VI on Blu-Ray, as well as The Clone Wars, Rogue One, Rebels and the various rumoured other TV series (plus one quasi-duplicate thread on the comedy series) and spin-off movies. See also the threads on 'Star Wars Debate Redux' (which began as a place to bash Episode II; Jul 8 - Nov 11, 2003), 'Sci fi = spiritual? Star Wars, X2, etc.' (Apr 12-14, 2004), 'Best Star Wars Movie?' (with poll; Apr 18-20, 2004), 'Top 100 Discussion: The Star Wars original trilogy?' (May 6-7, 2004), 'Is Star Wars Blasphemous?' (Jun 15 - Jul 25, 2005), 'Star Wars in 20 minutes' (Aug 8-9, 2006) and 'Star Wars: Uncut' (Apr 2010). - - - Rian Johnson to Write and Direct ‘Star Wars’ 8 — But Not 9 Rian Johnson will write and direct the eighth “Star Wars” movie, inheriting the franchise from J.J. Abrams, according to two individuals with knowledge of the director's plans. Johnson will also write the treatment for the ninth movie, but he will not direct it. TheWrap.com, June 20
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    The Flash

    Warner Bros. Shifts DC Strategy Amid Executive Change-Up But the other DC movies are leaving behind the dark and brooding palette. The Flash, which will finally begin production in early 2019 with Ezra Miller starring, has abandoned the somber themes it had been expected to tackle. The film now has the Game Night team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein on board, and it's looking to Back to the Future as a touchstone. Hollywood Reporter, June 13
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    The Batman

    Warner Bros. Shifts DC Strategy Amid Executive Change-Up The big question mark going forward is the future of Batman. Writer-director Matt Reeves turned in the first act of a new screenplay during the Memorial Day weekend. It's said to focus on a young caped crusader, and while the studio would not comment, it's unlikely that Ben Affleck, who has played Batman in three features, will again don the cowl. Hollywood Reporter, June 13
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    The Batman

    Links to our threads on the DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019) and Birds of Prey (in development), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Joker, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman and Justice League sequels.   Links to our threads on the Batman 2.0 films Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Links to our threads on The Lego Movie (2014), The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Movie 2 (2018), all of which feature Lego versions of DC superheroes. Link to our thread on Todd Phillips' Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. Link to our thread on Superman Vs Batman, which was announced in 2002 but never made. - - - Justice League, the movie? Warner chief sets sights on team-up film and ‘reinventing’ Batman Robinov knows that the most bankable part of his superhero empire has been Nolan and his Gotham City films – the studio has yet to deliver a 21st century superhero blockbuster hit without Nolan in the director’s seat. Batman will continue to be a centerpiece property beyond next year’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Nolan’s departure from the franchise. “We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.” Los Angeles Times, March 29
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    Joker (2019)

    Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Origin Movie a Go at Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix recently finalized his deal to star as the arch-nemesis of Batman and shooting is set to begin in September in New York. Todd Phillips is directing the film and co-wrote the script, which the studio describes as being an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Scott Silver co-wrote the script. Warners has yet to stake out a release date for the film, which goes against the grain of most comic book movies that have flags planted years in advance. But the Joker stand-alone pic is meant to be different from other comic book superhero movies. The project's budget is in the $55 million range, significantly lower than the tentpoles that dominate the form. And the stand-alone is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content (at least as experimental as a studio can be with established brands such as DC), which is described as being akin to a crime drama. Hollywood Reporter, July 10
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    Joker (2019)

    Link to our thread on the standalone Joker movie starring Jared Leto. Links to our threads on the DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019) and Birds of Prey (in development), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman and Justice League sequels.   Links to our threads on the Batman 2.0 films Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).  Links to our threads on The Lego Movie (2014), The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Movie 2 (2018), at least one of which has the Joker. - - - The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters. I’m told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger. . . . Deadline.com, August 22
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    Babylon 5

    One of the very first things I learned about Deanna, when we were discussing home entertainment options and the like, was that she, as a librarian, was content to borrow videos from the library instead of owning them, but she DID want to own a few TV shows on DVD so that she could watch them at her leisure. The particular title she mentioned was Babylon 5. And then, when my science-fiction-fan-who-is-an-atheist-but-likes-to-talk-religion-with-me friend in New Mexico told me she could not make it to the wedding, she offered to send us a gift anyway ... and so she sent us Season One of Babylon 5. And thus, Deanna and I have spent a fair chunk of the honeymoon going through the episodes -- and we have only two more episodes to go! Anyway, we don't seem to have a thread on this series, so I'm going to start one, by re-posting an e-mail that I sent to the friend who gave us these DVDs. And I will hopefully add more comments as I watch more, think about this more, discuss it with my friend more, etc. Any other fans here? - - - Hi B----, just a quick note from Honeymoon Headquarters here to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your gift -- it has proved to be quite the aphrodisiac. Seriously, I find I like the show a lot, and I am definitely intrigued to know where some of the plot threads are going. One thing that strikes me in particular is how this show gets into so many things that Star Trek just plain avoids. Scenes of people going to the bathroom? Workers' strikes? The continued existence of terrestrial religions (e.g. the episode where Ivanova, a Russian Jew, sits Shiva)? *All* of these things make perfect, perfect sense -- there is no good reason to believe they would all vanish in the next 260 years -- and yet it seems oddly unusual to encounter them in a 23rd-century setting. I *really* like Ivanova, too -- at first she seemed like one of those glib make-my-day types, but the character has *really* been fleshed out, even in just the first 16 episodes (Deanna and I still have 6 to go), and Claudia Christian plays her wonderfully. Garibaldi is fun, too. And as cartoonish as the ambassadors can be, I find *them* genuinely interesting, too, at times, and I actually miss their presence when an episode goes by without them. I've had some difficulty getting into Commander Sinclair, though -- he comes across like Leslie Nielsen playing Captain Kirk, all straight man and no sense of self-mockery, if you know what I mean. But even *he* has been humanized a bit more in recent episodes. And as for the series' treatment of religion ... as is often the case in our post-Christian culture, it is "the other" who gets to have a basically positive faith, whether we are dealing with extraterrestrial aliens or with Jews or whatever; I am waiting to see if there will be any explicit treatment of Christianity, beyond putting a token Catholic priest and a token Orthodox priest in the line-up of Earth's religions at the end of that one episode. The episode with the aliens-who-were-basically-Jehovah's-Witnesses, who refuse to let their son undergo surgery, *kind* of seemed to play into the idea that religion of a quasi-Christian sort is ignorant and harmful, but I *did* like the way the doctor was made to confront the fact that *his own* beliefs were potentially intrusive and harmful; and of course, the episode ended with an image of a boy being reunited with his parents, and they were all wearing headgear that suggests some sort of religious affiliation -- so the episode does end on a note that says, Yes, religious families *can* be more harmonious. [ honeymoon description snipped ]
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    Help me pitch a book! Help me make a list!

    Hi all, I'm in the middle of pitching a book on Bible films to a potential publisher, and they want to know what sort of colleges and universities would use such a book in their courses. Can anyone help? The idea behind the book is to use certain iconic Bible movies as windows into larger aspects of film history (I've already written a sample chapter on The Prince of Egypt, as a window into the history of animation in general and specifically that crucial decade of the 1990s, when the Disney renaissance prompted other studios to ramp up their own animation divisions *and* technological changes revolutionized the animation industry as a whole; other chapters could look at e.g. The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur as the pinnacle of 1950s blockbuster filmmaking, The Green Pastures as an example of films aimed at minority audiences in the 1930s, Judith of Bethuliah as an early example of D.W. Griffith's feature filmmaking and also as a window into the prominent role that female screenwriters and audiences played in the silent era, plus it's one of the comparatively rare Bible films that is based on the Apocrypha, etc., etc.). So, what sort of places offer courses on the Bible and film, or Christianity and culture with a focus on film (or Judaism and culture with a focus on film!), etc., etc.?
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    Batman Begins (2005)

    This video touches on other Nolan (and Snyder) films, but Batman Begins is the main one here.
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    The Predator

    NSFW (language, violence). NSFW
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    The Predator

    Links to our threads on Alien Vs Predator (2004-2007) and Predators (2010). We don't seem to have any threads on Predator (1987) or Predator 2 (1990). - - - ‘Iron Man 3's’ Shane Black to Direct ‘Predator’ Reboot for Fox Shane Black is attached to direct a reboot of the classic 80s action movie “Predator” for 20th Century Fox, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Black will co-write a treatment for the film with “Monster Squad” director Fred Dekker, who will then write the screenplay himself. . . . Black has a long history with the “Predator” franchise, having appeared in a bit part in the original film. . . . TheWrap.com, June 24 - - - Hands up, everyone who remembered that Shane Black had a bit part in the original film, and who thought about that the moment they saw this headline. [raises hand] For some reason this reminds me of how William Wyler was an assistant director on the 1925 version of Ben-Hur before he became the Oscar-winning director of the 1959 version of Ben-Hur. (And, hmmm, the gap between those films was 34 years, while the gap between the original Predator and today is 27 years and counting...)