According to Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, as of right now, he will not be appearing in Shane Black’s hotly anticipated sequel, The Predator.
Way back in 1987, writer/director Black appeared in a small, but fun, role in John McTiernan’s action/horror classic alongside Arnie, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura and more. So does Schwarzenegger turning down Black’s offer for him to return to the iconic role mean that we can expect The Predator to be one ugly motherfucker?
While speaking with Yahoo!, Arnold Schwarzenegger was candid in his response when asked about appearing in the film, stating:
“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.”
Responding to a fan on Twitter in regard to Schwarzenegger having an issue with the role rather than the script itself, Shane Black was in agreement with the notion.
Me too… I spoke with him, I think it was that he didn't have enough to do. Enough presence in the film.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) April 6, 2017
Predator fans who are expecting Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer to make an appearance in Black’s film next February may find themselves disappointed, unless Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role becomes more significant rather than just being featured in a small role or cameo. Though the greasy biceps of Dutch will surely be missed, given Shane Black’s track record as a writer and director, we’re still expecting The Predator to be a worthwhile follow-up. Don’t get to the choppa just yet.