Shane Black on Arnold Schwarzenegger's Involvement with THE PREDATOR
Not long ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he was going to be meeting with director Shane Black regarding The Predator, which he's currently developing. This news raised the hopes of a lot of Predator fans. I know I would love to see his character back in action in another Predator movie!
As of right now, there is no confirmation of Arnold's involvement, but if he is involved, Black isn't allowed to discuss it. While speaking with Crave Online, Black confirmed that the story would be set in modern day, and should Schwarzenegger return, he’ll be back as “Old Arnold.” Black says:
“These things all happened in 1990 Predator movies. But now it’s 25 years later. So in other words, if Arnold [Schwarzenegger]’s in it – which I’m not allowed to discuss [laughs] – he would be old Arnold.”
Arnold played Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer in John McTiernan’s badass original film where Dutch led a special forces team against an alien hunter in a South American jungle. That alien met his match.
Black also talked about the title for the film, The Predator, and teased that it has meaning in the film’s script.
“There is a reference in the script as to why that makes sense, but I’m not really supposed to talk about it.”
I hate when they tease you with information like that and then say they can't tell you any more! At this point, the meaning of the title is up for speculation. It makes me wonder if it has any connection to the Predator that Dutch fought in the first film.
Producer John Davis previously talked about the film saying that it's going to end up being something completely unexpected:
"The writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you, you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’”
There are no details on the story, but we know the look of the Predator is going to get some kind of upgrade and is described as being "organically different." Production on The Predator is expected to begin this fall, and it's set to be released in theaters on March 2, 2018.