When I first heard that there was going to be another Predator movie I got a little nervous that someone would come in and bastardize it. Then I heard it was Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Sin City) and I breathed a sigh of relief. If anyone could do a franchise justice, it would be him. And with that said, I put my full trust into him and I like what I’m hearing in this article from moviehole.net:
Exclusive : Arnie asked back for Predators
Author: Clint MorrisÂ Â Â Â Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 Time: 10:34 pm
I had the opportunity to talk to someone fairly closely connected to Troublemaker studios about the upcoming â€˜â€™Predatorsâ€™â€™ (a flick that initially had me drowning in a pool of angst sweat … right up until it was revealed the film wouldnâ€™t be a remake, but a sequel) this morning. Iâ€™d been making calls for a day or two, looking into a rumour we’d been tipped off to. Ab King, the renowned Schwarzenegger-spruiker of the www, got in touch yesterday and said heâ€™d heard from an anonymous source that Rodriguez had ”reached out to Schwarzenegger” in recent days. But even Ab couldnâ€™t be sure, so I promised Iâ€™d look into it. I finally got onto someone in-the-know this morning, who confirmed that Rodriguez is indeed courting Schwarzenegger for the movie â€“ but so far itâ€™s a one-way conversation.
â€œRobertâ€™s camp has just reached out to Arnieâ€™s [camp]â€, we were informed. â€œBut they havenâ€™t had a response yetâ€.
Now that doesnâ€™t mean Arnieâ€™s blocking Rodriguezâ€™s calls, nor does it mean heâ€™s waiting for a bag of cash to be transferred to a locker at Union station, it simply means the guy is busy (being Governor) and hasnâ€™t had a chance to get back to Rodriguez yet. Obviously, with the start date coming up pretty quickly on the project, theyâ€™re going to want an answer sooner rather than later but thereâ€™s still time for Arnie to agree to lend his, er, canons to the movie.
â€œTheyâ€™ve written a role for himâ€ a second source later told us via email. â€˜â€™Rodriguez is as against the idea of a straight-up remake as much as anyone â€“ which is why theyâ€™re considering this an official sequel to John McTiernanâ€™s film. Like Terminator, they know Schwarzeneggerâ€™s a vital ingredient of the franchise. Ideally, Arnold will see it that way too. Ball is in his court nowâ€.
Schwarzenegger would reprise his role as Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer, the canon-armed Special Forces leader who took on the â€œugly mother-fuckerâ€ in the Jungle back in the Reagan-era.
Dutch wonâ€™t be the main character in the film, but he will play a part (again, if Schwarzenegger agrees) in the film. Iâ€™m guessing itâ€™d be a day or twoâ€™s work for the Oak at best.
Interestingly enough, Schwarzenegger was asked to cameo as Dutch in Stephen Hopkinsâ€™ poorly-received â€œPredator 2â€ (1990) but knocked back the offer (the Dutch character was rewritten; Gary Busey took his place). That was more to do with script issues than anything else I believe â€“ something that likely wonâ€™t be an issue this time around.
â€œThe script is terrific… I hear. Itâ€™s partly the old Predators script Rodriguez did, but mostly new stuff by [Alex] Litvak. And itâ€™s violent â€“ like the original. Everybody here at [name removed] has pointed out how much better it is than [Paul W.S] Andersonâ€™s abomination. Doesn’t sound like there’s any reason to worryâ€.
I actually like Rodriguez’s first draft of “Predators” (though I do understand why much of it has been rewritten) – it’s big and expansive; packed with action. Glad they’re actually going down that route, rather than rebooting the first film.
“Predators”, produced by Rodriguez, will hit theatres July 2010.