By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Shane Black was one of the (uncredited) writers for Predator in 1987, and he also played one of the characters in the film, and is now returning to the franchise with The Predator. Now it looks like he may not be the only one returning, as Arnold Schwarzenegger says that he is taking a meeting with the writer/director of the upcoming fourth film.
The actor and star of the original film told The Arnold Fans that while he hasn’t made contact with Black regarding the film, it will change very soon. Here’s what he said:
“I haven’t talked with [Shane Black] yet but I’m going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon. Just as soon as I’m finished with [Arnold’s Sports Festival] and ‘The Apprentice’ and all this stuff. But I will get together with him. If there is any news, we’ll of course let you know right away. There’s also a meeting coming up soon about ‘Conan,’ about the project moving forward.”
We know that the screenplay for the upcoming film has been completed, so I do wonder if the film has been written around Schwarzenegger, or if he is just going to have a cameo role. Or maybe Black just wants to have lunch with the former Governator, and this is a perfect excuse.
If Schwarzenegger returns for this sequel, he will definitely be playing the same role as he did in the first film. Black has repeatedly stated the film is a sequel and not a reboot, so it won’t be a case of the actor playing a different role in a reimagining, like the upcoming Ghostbusters.
Personally, I would love to have Schwarzenegger return to the role of lone survivor Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer. It brings up the question of what happens when a Predator is bested by prey? Has Dutch become something like Moby Dick to the Predators, which will make more of them try to take him down? Maybe he has spent the last 30 years killing Predators.
Not only that, what happens when he returns Stateside and makes his report to the government? Would they even believe that there is an intelligent species out there that hunts people on Earth? These are interesting questions that none of the sequels really dealt too much with, so there is a lot of maneuvering room for the story.
Anything else about the film’s story is still under lock-and-key so even if Schwarzenegger has a part it will be a while before we know how he fits into the story or how large his role will be. A recent trend for these sequels is to have a new main character who searches for the main character from a previous film, such as what Tron: Legacy did with Jeff Bridges.
In that film, it was a while before we were reintroduced to the character from the original Tron, and that seems to be what Blade Runner 2 is doing as well (and, heck, Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the search for Luke Skywalker). Maybe there will be a third act of this film where Dutch shows up to deal with a pesky Predator. But let’s hope it won’t be that predictable — Black has a knack for going against the conventional.
The Predator has no release date as of yet.