How wealthy is uncredited Predator screenwriter Shane Black?

April 17, 2023
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Shane Black was born on the 16th December 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, and is a filmmaker, producer and actor, best known to the world for writing scripts for such films as “Lethal Weapon”, “Last Action Hero” and “Iron Man 3”, among many other creations.

Have you ever wondered how rich Shane Black is, as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Black’s net worth is as high as $16 million, an amount earned through his successful career, active since the mid- ‘80s.

Shane Black Net Worth $16 Million

Born to Patricia Ann and Paul Black, Shane spent his early childhood in Lower Burrel and Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, but in his second year of high school, he and his parents moved to Fullerton, California. There, he went to Sunny Hills High School, and after matriculation enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in theater and film.

Since high school, Shane was into writing comics and short stories, and also wanted to work as a journalist, but didn’t pursue a career as a writer until his classmate Fred Dekker showed him a script for a science fiction film which he had done as a school assignment.

Once out of University, Shane found a job as a typist at a temp agency, and also served as a data clerk for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

However, he gave up a corporate career, and started working on a science fiction film “The Shadow Company”, and with Fred Dekker’s help and his parents’ financial support, Shane was given the chance by 20th Century Fox executives. However, he became tired of rewriting the script, and started working on an action film, which turned out to be “Lethal Weapon”, signing a contract with Warner Bros worth $250,000. His film came out in 1987 starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary Busey, and earned an Academy-Award nomination, while grossing over $120 million at the box office.

Following the success of the first film, Warner Bros wanted a sequel and Shane teamed up with novelist Warren Murphy, but Shane’s work wasn’t well received by the studio, and eventually, Shane stopped working on the sequel. He then used an old story from when he was working on “Lethal Weapon”, which eventually became the action film “The Last Boy Scout” (1991), with Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans and Chelsea Field in the lead roles. He continued with action films, such as “Last Action Hero” (1993) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham and Art Carney in the lead roles, and “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1996, for which he received $4 million, increasing his net worth by a large degree.

After that, Shane retreated from the public eye until the early 2000s, when he returned with his directing debut “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in 2005, starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan, which further increased his net worth. Then in 2013, he came to prominence once more by co-writing the script for the sci-fi action adventure film “Iron Man Three” with Drew Pearce, and then directing the Academy-Award nominated film, which grossed more than $1 billion, adding a considerable amount to his net worth. Since then, Shane has directed the action comedy film “The Nice Guys”, with Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe and Angourie Rice in the lead roles, and he is now working on the sequel to “Predator” from 1987, both as a director and writer.

When it comes to his personal life, Black tends to keep his most intimate details hidden from the public eyes, therefore, no reliable information is available about this successful screenwriter and director, except that he is still single, and there aren’t even any rumours of romantic associations.

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