Arnold Schwarzenegger says he won’t return to the “Predator” franchise in Shane Black’s upcoming reboot unless changes are made.
“They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered,” he told Yahoo Movies.
The actor added: “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.”
TheWrap can confirm that Dutch Schaefer, Schwarzenegger’s character from the John McTiernan-directed 1987 original, appears at the very end of Black and Fred Dekker’s latest screenplay draft for the reboot. Schaefer gets a very short cameo in the scene, saying just two lines that set up a sequel. The fact that Schwarzenegger is irked over his screen-time makes sense when taking that into consideration.
“The Predator” is slated by 20th Century Fox for a 2018 release and will be the first installment in the “Predator” series since 2007’s “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.” Black last directed Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the crime comedy “The Nice Guys.”
In the original “Predator,” Schwarzenegger played the leader of an elite special forces team on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America — before being hunted down by an advance alien life form.