The history of cinema is crammed full of inciting projects that never got made, and here’s a recent one. Back in 2010, from producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal came Predators, which attempted to reboot the Predator franchise. It ended with Adrien Brody‘s Royce and Alice Braga‘s Isabella surviving and the suggestion that their fight is certainly not over. However, a sequel did not materialise despite box office being pretty good, if hardly spectacular. Instead, we had to wait until nearly a decade later with Shane Black’s The Predator, which also failed to kickstart the franchise.
However, Predators co-writer Alex Litvak did think up a sequel storyline that he told to ‘AvP Galaxy’ this week. And well – having a great fondness for the Die Hard formula, I love it!
“At the end of Act One, Royce, Isabelle and their guys are captured by Super Predators – on purpose because they allow themselves to be captured – and are brought to their ship that they use to funnel people to this planet. There’s got to be some sort of big transport. So now you get to see this transport. So our guys breakout…and what the movie is is Die Hard on a Predator ship.”
“The idea was now you break free and now you’re trying to take control of the ship with all of the Super Predators you have to fight there. And of course all the other shit that’s there…like the alien zoo on that ship… And get this…the last thing is why Drew [20th Century Fox] was like “wow, I love that idea!” At the end of the day we win, we get back to Earth, we land and we realise it’s the future! All along we thought this was happening now, but what if these guys have been on ice for 300 years? The hatch opens, and the Space [Colonial] Marines come in!”
So the Alien and Predator franchises would have been brought together again, something that Shane Black also thought about doing with The Predator.
However, the box office takings for Predators weren’t considered to be good enough so it didn’t happen. And I can’t see it happening now either, especially with Disney now being the owners of a franchise I can’t see them wanting much to do with. However, I’d love to see this story be adapted into a graphic novel.