Shane Black’s The Predator hits theaters this Friday without so much as a post-credits sequence featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. But why did the big man opt out of this new adventure?
Well, Black recently spoke to Digital Spy about just that saying, “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.”
Black isn’t ruling out Arnie returning if there is ever a The Predator 2.
“I even said to him, ‘If you’re in this one, we would open it up for the sequel, because now you’re back in the franchise’. So you know, if there’s another movie, there’s no reason why he couldn’t be either in it, or the star of it, or whatever someone decides at a future date.”