Thirty years ago this June, Arnie appeared in one of the greatest action movies of all time: Predator.
Back in the day, Arnie was pretty selective about which movies he would come back for in terms of sequels. Terminator 2? Yes. Predator 2? No. (That honour went to Danny Glover.)
But with the fifth Terminator movie not doing great business, and his latest movie Aftermath is in cinemas now (did you even know he had a new movie out?), you might think he might have loosened up on his sequels rule. And you’d be wrong.
There is new Predator movie incoming – imaginatively titled The Predator – and apparently Arnie was asked to be involved, and he turned it down.
Talking to Yahoo! Movies, the action icon stated:
“They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered. So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.”
The remake/reboot/sequel/we’re not sure what it is yet is written and directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys), who was actually an actor in the original Predator movie. He was the guy always telling jokes, trying to get the stone-faced Billy to laugh:
Clip via bradael
On a related note, the last time Arnie and Shane Black worked together, Black provided the script for The Last Action Hero, which didn’t work out super great for anyone involved.
Regardless of his involvement, The Predator is due out just in time for Valentine’s Day 2018. Ripped out spines, how romantic!
Now, on to sequels Arnie is still all go for.
“Danny and I always ran around with the idea of Triplets, and that Eddie Murphy should be the triplet, because he is so different than we are — as much as Danny was different from me. When you saw Danny and I together, and you said that only the mother could tell us apart, people laughed. You didn’t really have to say much else. The same is also true with the idea of having Eddie Murphy be a part of the new picture.”
“It’s called Triplets, and people go, wait a minute, how did this black guy get into the picture here? The way it’s explained in the movie is really funny — what happened with that experiment, and how many people’s sperm were used, and the things we didn’t know and only find out about when our mother passes away.”
“So Danny and Eddie Murphy and I — we believed in it 100%. And then Ivan [Reitman, director of Twins, as well as Kindergarten Cop and the original Ghostbusters] believed in it 100%. So they’re writing it, and now everyone is enthusiastic about it. It will probably be done in the next month or two, and then hopefully we shoot it by this fall. It’s really exciting.”
So there you have it. Twins 2? Yes. Predator 4? No. (You forgot about the Adrien Brody one, didn’t you? That’s okay, so did everyone else.)