Dutch doesn’t dig the script for Shane Black’s upcoming film The Predator. That much is clear as Arnold Schwarzenegger made it clear that he is not interested in reprising his role from the original film.
When it comes to the creatures brought to life by Hollywood, the aptly named Predator is perhaps one of the most iconic. The anthropomorphic alien who hunts humans for the sport has spawned a number of successful films and spinoffs for nearly three decades.
But the alien is not alone in its rise to fame. Arnold Schwarzenegger who played the role of Dutch, a member of US Special Forces in the film also gave a boost to the former bodybuilder’s film career.
While Predators here and there faced off with humans and aliens alike, Schwarzenegger went on to star in other films. It seems that the encounter between the two became just another one-off duel that ended with Dutch as the victor.
However, hopes for a rematch started to rise with the fourth installment of the franchise with director Shane Black at the helm. Prior to filming earlier this year, rumors began to circulate that Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer.
After all, in the 2010 film Predators, one of the characters mentioned the events that transpired in the original film. With that in mind, it seems that a rematch could very well be on the horizon.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Not Reprise For New Predator Movie
Unfortunately, it was later revealed after production was in full steam that Schwarzenegger will not reprise his role after all. The reason behind his decision was just as disappointing as the news: he did not like the script.
During an interview with Yahoo, Schwarzenegger explained that production committee asked him to reprise his role. According to him, his role as Dutch in the film was not significant enough. Unless there’s a chance that they will rewrite the script and give his character a much more major role in the film, he has made up his mind not to return in The Predator.
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Movieweb reported that Dutch was supposed to come back but only for a cameo. He was supposed to come in and save the day and set up the sequel. However, the role seemed too small for his character which led him to refuse whatever they offered.
This revelation is quite disappointing especially with the franchise once again going full steam with the story after 20 years. Given that the Alien vs. Predator franchise wasn’t exactly a sequel, many were delighted after the third installment of the franchise showed much promise.
The 2010 film also went back to the premise of the original film where a group of humans was hunted for sport. Only this time instead of a single alien, they are faced with three. Not only that but they are trapped on a distant planet without any hope of rescue.
Whether the Black’s upcoming film builds upon this foundation or creates a whole new story as they did with Predator 2, is still unclear. However, it will be another thrilling interspecies deathmatch between seasoned warriors and this time it will be set on Earth.
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While it would have been nice to see Schwarzenegger take on the aliens as Dutch in The Predator, there’s nothing we can do to change his mind. Hopefully Black can give him a much more significant role in the next film and fans can watch the rematch they wanted. For now, we’ll just have to get our alien fix when the film is released on February 9, 2018.
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