December 16, 1961 |
|Occupation||Screenwriter, actor, film director|
Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actor. He wrote such late 1980s and early 1990s action movie hits as Lethal Weapon (1987) and made his directorial debut with the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). His acting credits include Predator (1987).
Shane Black was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Paul and Patricia Ann Black. His father was in the printing business. 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 attended UCLA where he majored in film and theater.
Black's first acting role came in the film Predator, a film for which he also made uncredited contributions to the script. Since then he has acted in a further five films and in one television episode for the TV series Dark Justice.
The majority of Black's career is in screenwriting. He sold his first screenplay Lethal Weapon released in 1987 for $250,000 and was paid $125,000 as a co-writer of Lethal Weapon 2, released in 1989. He received $1.75 million for his screenplay The Last Boy Scout, released in 1991, and $1 million for his rewrite of Last Action Hero released in 1993.
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 currently ranks as the sixth highest grossing film of all time worldwide (unadjusted for inflation). Black's next projects are the American version of Death Note, based on the manga series and Doc Savage.
In June 2014, it was announced that Black would direct a murder conspiracy thriller titled The Nice Guys, with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling starring and Joel Silver producing. Warner Bros would handle the North American rights to the film. Later in the same month it was also announced that Black would write and direct the next film in the Predator series.
Black has a recognizable writing style where he often adds comments (referred to as "Shane Blackisms")  and jokes about the story situations into the scene directions of the script. He also sometimes directs comments at studio executives and certain 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.||”|
Black also used a Christmas theme in Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3.
Awards and honors
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.
|1986||Night of the Creeps||No||No||Cop in Police Station||Uncredited|
|Predator||No||No||Hawkins||Also uncredited writer|
|The Monster Squad||No||Yes|
|1989||Lethal Weapon 2||No||Yes|
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||No||Yes||Also executive producer|
|Dark Justice (TV series)||No||No||Caldecott Rush||Episode "Nowhere to Hide"|
|Last Action Hero||No||Yes|
|1996||The Long Kiss Goodnight||No||Yes||Also producer|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||No||No||Brian, Cafe 24 manager|
|An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn||No||No||Himself||Cameo|
|2002||The Boy Scout (short film)||No||No||Henchman #2|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Yes||Yes|
|2006||A.W.O.L. (short)||No||Yes||Credited as Holly Martins
Also executive producer as Harry Lime
|2013||Iron Man 3||Yes||Yes|
|Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (short)||No||No||Disembodied Voice||Voice only|
|TBA||The Nice Guys||Yes||Yes|
|TBA||Untitled Predator Sequel||Yes||Yes|
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- Borys Kit (7 May 2013). "'Iron Man 3' Director Refocuses on 'Doc Savage'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- Borys Kit (24 June 2014). "Fox Rebooting 'Predator' With Shane Black (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2014.