Arnold Schwarzenegger could easily return in a The Predator sequel, says director Shane Black. For years an urban legend claimed the origin of Predator came from a joke pitch for Rocky V, where a screenwriter claimed that after defeating the near-invincible Ivan Drago that an alien was the only credible opponent left. That legend has since been debunked, but it neatly sums up the premise, where the world’s best soldier – naturally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger – faces off against an unstoppable killer alien.
Predator is considered a classic piece of sci-fi cinema, but Arnold declined to return for Predator 2 to focus on Terminator 2 instead. The Predator sequels are a mixed bag overall, with 2010’s Predators often being considered the strongest. Shane Black’s The Predator is aiming to get audiences reinvested in the series and sees a team of war vets going up against a new type of Predator that has been upgraded with the DNA of the most dangerous species in the universe.
It’s no secret that Schwarzenegger was offered a brief cameo role in The Predator, only to turn it down. Now in a new interview with Digital Spy, Black elaborated on Arnie’s reasoning for rejecting the offer, and how he could reappear in the future.
The studio wanted a fresher movie that featured an evolving cast. They didn’t want to hinge the movie on the re-emergence of Schwarzenegger. It would probably be more of a matter of his showing up briefly and just participating at the very end, at the climax of the movie. Understandably – and believe me, I completely get it – he said, ‘Look, that’s kind of a small part, and I don’t really think I want to do that. I’m off to do Terminator with Jim Cameron, basically. Or for Jim Cameron. So I totally got it, you know? If I was Schwarzenegger, I’d want to be one of the stars of a film or nothing.