Should the new Predator movie rely on nostalgia in order to get audiences excited again, or should it attempt to become its own thing? It appears that writer/director Shane Black is going with the latter of the two. It was recently revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger has turned down a small role in the upcoming movie. His reasons were pretty straightforward in that the role being offered wasn’t anything significant to the overall story. Here’s a quote from Schwarzenegger when asked about his potential involvement:
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.
As I mentioned above, Black is making it clear this new film will be its own thing. As much respect as Black has for Schwarzenegger (the two worked together in the 1987 original film), Black is unwilling to further compromise his finished script, especially if the story doesn’t call for more of Schwarzenegger’s Dutch character. While a cameo is no longer in the cards, the film’s story is said to acknowledge the events that took place in the original film.
Production on a remake/soft reboot, titled The Predator has already begun, and I’m excited for it. The cast is a strong one, with Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and many more. Black’s forte as a director is neo-noir mystery crimes, but he’s also proven talent for blockbusters (Iron Man 3). He also starred in the 1987 original film, and combining that with his skills as a writer/director gives him my vote of confidence. The Predator opens in theaters on February 9, 2018.
Sources: Collider, Yahoo!.