'The Predator:' Director Confirms That Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Play An Older Character, If He Returns To The Franchise

Stuart Keane

In Hollywood, the reboot/remake machine as never been busier as many nostalgic films/properties of days past find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of cinematic modernization. However, despite the retreading of familiar tales, some brands still have some promising mileage left in them; and the Predator franchise is one of them. Culturally significant for decades, it's actually a surprise that the franchise has only been involved in five cinematic outings since its debut in 1987, which explains why fans are relatively excited about Shane Black's incoming sequel.

Since The Predator was announced last year, we've received morsels of intel about the film; enough information to keep us interested but at the same time, not ruin anything about the movie itself. With Shane Black on board as director and co-writer, hopes for the sequel are high, and with a rumored return for franchise stalwart Arnold Schwarzenegger, the fans have never been more eager to see another Predator installment.

Shane Black has kept quiet on the return of the Austrian Oak for some time, despite the evolving rumors of his involvement; but this week, the director provided some tasty information about Schwarzenegger's potential role -- his character will definitely be older, if in fact the actor returns to the franchise.

"No, these things [the events of Predator 2] all happened in 1990, but now it's 25 years later. So in other words, if Arnold's in it - which I'm not allowed to discuss [laughs] - he would be old Arnold."

This wasn't the only reveal for The Predator this week, though. Black also confirmed that he is trying to make the design of the titular alien stand out from previous installments, with some changes and modifications to the monster's iconic costume. He revealed his vision to ComingSoon.

"It's not to 'improve,' it's make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what's the extension of it that makes sense, that's exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan's design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it's not about design to me, it's about the story you want to tell."

The first three standalone Predator movies had a combined budget of $90 million. Shane Black has fared slightly better on his movies; Iron Man 3 had $200 million (grossing $1.215 billion in box-office), and the director's latest movie, The Nice Guys, was brought to life for $50 million, so the proof is in the pudding -- Black works extremely well with a decent budget. It seems Fox have made a sound financial decision.

'I'll be back!" the actor once uttered, launching himself into cinematic folklore. On this small evidence, this might just become true.

Directed by Shane Black, The Predator is released in cinemas on March 2, 2018.

[Image via 20th Century Fox]

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