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It's a good time to be a horror fan. Because in addition the fantastic new franchises currently airing in theaters, the current trend of nostalgia has plenty of classic properties returning as well. Case in point: Shane Black's upcoming Predator sequel The Predator. Excitement for The Predator has been steadily growing as development continues, although there is still a ton of mystery surrounding the long awaited sequel. One of the questions up in the air is the cast of The Predator, with many purists hoping that Arnold Schwarzenegger will finally return to the franchise that he originated back in 1987.
I'm currently working on Predator, it's not a sequel. Shane Black has made something totally new, somehow keeping within the realm of Predator [while also being] absolutely new in terms of the story that we're talking about today, and rooted in something real. It's real fresh. I don't think you're going to see [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. It would kind of make it a gimmick. It's horror, science-fiction and a western.
Well, this stinks. It looks like the Governator will likely not return for The Predator. And while this is surely disappointing, there is reason to celebrate this answer. Because while it's a bummer that Arnold Schwarzenegger will likely not round out the cast of The Predator, the reasoning behind it speaks positively to the film's development.
Although Shane Black and company surely understand that Predator fans would like to see Arnold Schwarzenegger's Alan "Dutch" Schaefer return, keeping the actor absent may be what's best for the new film. Because any screen time by Schwarzenegger just wouldn't be enough. Audience would want to see more of Dutch, and will therefore be less invested in the new story (as well as Boyd Holbrook's character). And as Holbrook says, Dutch returning would likely seem like a bit of a gimmick, rather than something that adds to the film's narrative.
But Dutch's return would actually makes sense, given the Predator franchise's canon. Because Dutch did actually kill his foe, and survive being hunted by the Predator. He would eventually be taken to safety and given medical attention, before escaping the hospital, never to be seen again. So the option for Dutch to return eventually does seem logical. It's just a matter of whether or not Shane Black and company want to use the character in a future installment. That, and if Arnie wants to do yet another action movie. The man is 69 years old, for goodness sake.
The Predator is set to hit theaters in 2018.