[UPDATE: Robert Rodriguez has since let it be known that Schwarzenegger has NOT been approached about Predators. See the quote from Rodriguez at the bottom of the post.]
Franchises all over Hollywood are being rebooted, remade and reinstalled. Terminator Salvation got the makeover treatment while still paying homage to the original film via a "cameo" by Arnold Schwarzenegger (or at least his face). Now it looks like Robert Rodriguez and the makers of the forthcoming Predators are hoping to get Schwarzenegger to star in their sequel/reboot to the 1987 original.
According to Moviehole, the makers of Predators have "reached out" to Schwarzenegger in the hope that he'll return to the sci-fi action series. I can only assume that Danny Glover was busy.According to a Moviehole source:
"Robert's camp has just reached out to Arnie's. But they haven't had a response yet".
A second source confirmed Robert Rodriguez' interest in getting Schwarzenegger in the film:
"They've written a role for him. Rodriguez is as against the idea of a straight-up remake as much as anyone - which is why they're considering this an official sequel to John McTiernan's film. Like Terminator, they know Schwarzenegger's a vital ingredient of the franchise. Ideally, Arnold will see it that way too. Ball is in his court now".
Schwarzenegger is clearly associated with the franchise even though he declined a role in the 1990 sequel. The original Predator is a first-rate action film that holds its own, even though it's sort of like Alien set in the jungle.
Moviehole's source went on to say:
"The script is terrific... I hear. It's partly the old Predators script Rodriguez did, but mostly new stuff by (Alex) Litvak. And it's violent - like the original. Everybody here at (name removed) has pointed out how much better it is than (Paul W.S) Anderson's abomination. Doesn't sound like there's any reason to worry".
It all sounds very exciting - but will Schwarzenegger be interested?
He did allow his image to be used in Terminator Salvation and he's confirmed a cameo in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, but will he have time to film a brief role in Predators considering he is currently the Governor of California?
I hope so - Rodriguez' involvement gives credibility to the film, and the fact that it's labeled as a sequel/reboot rather than a remake implies that Predators won't be a rehash, or worse, another Aliens vs. Predator fiasco.
Let's hope that Schwarzenegger accepts a part in Predators, however I'd prefer it be substantial rather than another five-minute cameo that detracts from the rest of the film.
Screen Rant will let you know more when we get it.
UPDATE: Here is a snippet of the quote Robert Rodriguez provided to Ain't It Cool News, shooting down any rumors that Schwarzenegger has been approached about Predators:
...although I know Arnold personally and he's the coolest person on the planet, I have not contacted him about this at all at this time.
As promised, I'll keep you posted on such developments since Predator is such a fan favorite.
You can read the full quote from Rodriguez by going here
Predators is slated to open on July, 10 2010
Update Source: Ain't It Cool News