|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles (BA)|
|Relatives||Terry Black (brother)|
Shane Black (born December 16, 1961)is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor who has written such films as Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2 , The Monster Squad , The Last Boy Scout , Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodnight . As an actor, Black is best known for his role as Rick Hawkins in Predator (1987).
He made his directorial debut with the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. Black went on to write and direct Iron Man 3 (2013), The Nice Guys (2016) and The Predator (2018).
As of 2020, his film Iron Man 3 ranks as the twentieth-highest-grossing film worldwide.
Black was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,the son of Paul and Patricia Ann Black. His father was in the printing business, and helped Black get an interest in hardboiled fiction, such as the works of Mickey Spillane and the Matt Helm series.
After living in the suburbs of Lower Burrell and Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, his family moved to Fullerton, California, during his sophomore year of high school.There he attended Sunny Hills High School and later UCLA where he majored in film and theater and graduated in 1983. While Black had a long history writing comic strips, short stories, and journalism, only during his senior year did he decide to make a living from it once his classmate Fred Dekker showed him a science fiction script he did for an assignment. Black's older brother, Terry Black also wrote short stories and decided to move into screenplays starting with 1988's Dead Heat , in which Shane has a cameo.
After graduating, Black worked as a typist for a temp agency, a data entry clerk for the 1984 Summer Olympics and an usher in a Westwood movie theater. Eventually he asked for financial support of his parents during the six-month development of a script, The Shadow Company, a supernatural thriller set in Vietnam.With Dekker's help, the script landed him an agent and several lunch meetings with mid-level studio executives. This attracted 20th Century Fox executives, who were interested in having Black rewrite scripts. Eventually Black wrote an action film script, Lethal Weapon , in about six weeks, which landed him a $250,000 deal with Warner Bros. During the rewrites, Black asked producer Joel Silver for a small acting role in another film Silver was preparing at the time, Predator , a film for which Black also made uncredited contributions to the script. At the same time, Black helped Dekker write The Monster Squad , which along with Lethal Weapon and Predator came out in 1987. Since then, Black has acted in five additional films and in two episodes for the TV series Dark Justice .
Once Warner Bros. requested a Lethal Weapon sequel, Black wrote the first draft of Lethal Weapon 2 with the help of novelist Warren Murphy. Although it was not used, Black said in later interviews that Warner Bros. did not like his original script for Lethal Weapon 2, which was also titled Play Dirty, because of how dark and violent it was and due to his decision to kill off main character Martin Riggs in the ending of the script. Nevertheless, other people thought that his script was brilliant, and he himself considers it to be his best work and the best script he has ever written.Although many fans have tried to find a copy of it, Black's version of the script was never released.
Feeling burned out and having conflicts with the studio, Black left the project after six months, earning only $125,000 (out of a $250,000 payment split with Murphy) for his work.After two sabbatical years, Black decided to take on an old idea of his that emerged during the production of Lethal Weapon and turn it into a full screenplay. The result, The Last Boy Scout , earned him $1.75 million in 1991. Black would also earn $1 million for his rewrite of Last Action Hero in 1993. He would set a record by receiving $4 million for writing The Long Kiss Goodnight in 1994.
Black made his directorial debut with 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , and later directed (and co-wrote with Drew Pearce) 2013's Iron Man 3 , which ranks as the fifteenth-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
Black next directed and co-wrote Edge , a pilot for a potential series for Amazon Studios. The film was released on VOD but not picked up for a series. He followed this with the action comedy The Nice Guys , starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, and produced by Joel Silver.Warner Bros. handled North American rights to the film, which was released on May 20, 2016.
Black next directed the fourth non-Alien-related film in the Predator series, The Predator , which he co-wrote with Fred Dekker.The film was released on September 14, 2018.
Black's next projects included an adaptation of Doc Savage ,and The Destroyer , based on the series of paperback adventure novels that previously inspired the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins , starring Fred Ward. He was also briefly attached by Warner Bros. in 2011, to direct a live-action American adaptation of the popular Japanese supernatural-thriller manga series Death Note, bringing his close collaborators Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry to write the screenplay, replacing Charley and Vlas Parlapanides as the project's previous screenwriters. However, by 2014, he had quietly left the project, due to reported creative differences and other commitments. The studio had intended to omit "Shinigamis" (Japanese gods of death), who were originally present in the manga series, from the film's storyline, and revamp the main character: Light Yagami, into a more benevolent and sympathetic protagonist and change the story's moral theme of justice into one of vengeance, which Black had opposed, who intended to create a more faithful adaptation of the original manga. Adding to that, he decided to focus more on his Doc Savage and Predator projects, which resulted in his absence from the project's later developments and horror director Adam Wingard being eventually hired to helm the project by 2015. He left Doc Savage in 2020.
Black has a recognizable writing style characterized by stories in which two main characters become friends, problematic protagonists who become better human beings at the end of the narrative,and trade witty dialogue, featuring labyrinthine crime plots, often set during Christmas time. The quips he incorporates into his scripts are referred to as "Shane Blackisms", in which jokes about the story situations are included in the scene directions of the script. He also sometimes directs comments at studio executives and script readers. Examples of these include:
From Lethal Weapon:
EXT. POSH BEVERLY HILLS HOME – TWILIGHT The kind of house that I'll buy if this movie is a huge hit. Chrome. Glass. Carved wood. Plus an outdoor solarium: A glass structure, like a greenhouse only there's a big swimming pool inside. This is a really great place to have sex.
From The Last Boy Scout:
Remember Jimmy's friend, Henry, who we met briefly near the opening of the film? Of course you do, you're a highly-paid reader or development person.
This approach, which Black summed as "more open to the reader" and aimed at "trying to keep people awake", was described by himself as a combination of William Goldman, his mentor in screenwriting, and Walter Hill, who had a "terse and Spartan, punchy prose".Black gave a list of techniques he uses when writing films in an interview with The Guardian .
He has used kidnapping as a plot device in several films: Lethal Weapon , The Last Boy Scout , The Long Kiss Goodnight , Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys .
Black explains that Christmas, which has been used as a backdrop in Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys (and in his original script for The Last Boy Scout, although references to the date have been almost entirely eliminated from the film), is a touchstone for him, explaining:
Christmas represents a little stutter in the march of days, a hush in which we have a chance to assess and retrospect our lives. I tend to think also that it just informs as a backdrop. The first time I noticed it was Three Days of the Condor , the Sydney Pollack film, where Christmas in the background adds this really odd, chilling counterpoint to the espionage plot. I also think that Christmas is just a thing of beauty, especially as it applies to places like Los Angeles, where it's not so obvious, and you have to dig for it, like little nuggets. One night, on Christmas Eve, I walked past a Mexican lunch wagon serving tacos, and I saw this little string, and on it was a little broken plastic figurine, with a light bulb inside it, of the Virgin Mary. And I thought, that's just a little hidden piece of magic. You know, all around the city are little slices, little icons of Christmas, that are as effective and beautiful in and of themselves as any 40-foot Christmas tree on the lawn of the White House. So that, in a lot of words, is the answer.
Black hired his friend Steven Wilder Striegel for a minor, un-auditioned role in The Predator (as well as, previously, Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys). Striegel spent six months in prison in 2010, having pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer after he had attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship via email. Olivia Munn, an actress in The Predator, insisted on having a scene with Striegel removed after she discovered his history.Black defended this decision and his friend, but would later rescind these comments and release a public apology.
Black received the Distinguished Screenwriter Award from the Austin Film Festival October 21, 2006. In 2005, he received the Best Original Screenplay award for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang from the San Diego Film Critics Association.
|The Monster Squad||No||Yes||No|
|1988||Shadow Company||No||Yes||No||Co-written with Fred Dekker |
|1989||Lethal Weapon 2||No||Story||No|
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||No||Yes||Executive|
|1993||Last Action Hero||No||Yes||No|
|1996||The Long Kiss Goodnight||No||Yes||Yes|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Yes||Yes||No||Directorial debut|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Yes||Yes||No|
|2016||The Nice Guys||Yes||Yes||No|
Uncredited script doctor
|2016||Lethal Weapon||No||Story||No||Episode "Pilot"|
|1986||Night of the Creeps||Cop in Police Station||Uncredited|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||USS Reuben James Crewman||Uncredited|
|1991–1993||Dark Justice||Caldecott Rush||3 episodes|
|Mike the Detective||Mike||Short film|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Brian, Cafe 24 manager|
|An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn||Himself||Cameo|
|2002||The Boy Scout||Henchman #2||Short film|
|2013||Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter||Disembodied Voice||Voice only; short film|
|2018||Wild Nothing||Phil||Short film|
Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, produced by Joel Silver, and written by Shane Black. It stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover alongside Gary Busey, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, and Mitchell Ryan. In Lethal Weapon, a pair of mismatched LAPD detectives – Martin Riggs (Gibson), a former Green Beret who has become suicidal following the death of his wife, and Roger Murtaugh (Glover), a 50-year-old veteran of the force – work together as partners.
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 American spy action thriller film co-produced and directed by Renny Harlin, and produced by Shane Black and Stephanie Austin with screenplay written by Black. The film, starring Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Amandes, Yvonne Zima, Brian Cox, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko and David Morse, follows an amnesiatic schoolteacher who sets out on a journey to find out who she is with the help of a private detective until they discover a dark conspiracy.
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