With Shane Black returning to The Predator, hopes are high that the next sequel will deliver to an expected fan base!
Even though I agree that the AvP set of films are not that great, I am a huge fan of Predator 2, a film that saw an unlikely Danny Glover take on the ugly Motherf…………
The original plan was to have Arnold Schwarzenegger back for round 2, but Arnie simply refused to even discuss a potential return so instead the writers drafted a story that saw the action move from the jungle into the streets of LA, with Glover taking a break from his Lethal Weapon duties and trying to win a battle that many thought was quite silly at the time. For me personally, Predator 2 is an underrated piece of 90’s cinema. It totally changes the tone from the original and unlike most sequels, its a different beast to what many expected.
It could have been different though. Writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas have admitted they had two different ideas to begin with. The first was a sequel with Arnie, the other was an awesome sounding World War 2 setting that could well have delivered!
“We had an idea where at the end of Predator, with the burned up clearing where the explosion happens… Predator 2 opens there, Predator’s invisible feet come into view and a hand plunges down into the dust, into the ashes, and brings up the Predator’s arm and then activates the computer and get’s a readout to see everything that had happened up to that time, focusing on Arnold, and “this is my target.” We went from there and we had to think of how to bring Arnold back into it.”
“We also had an idea about doing a World War 2 version in the Battle of the Bulge, in the middle of the winter,” Thomas noted. “A German foot platoon and an American platoon separated, and had a stalemate fighting each other off when the Predator shows up. They have to join together to defeat it. We thought the snow Predator effect would be quite different.”
Predator 2 eventually was released and was met with poor reviews!