In a completely unrelated video addressing the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) conference in Suva, Fiji this weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed he’s back at work on the next instalment of The Terminator franchise (only known as Terminator 6 at this point). The film reunites Schwarzenegger with actress Linda Hamilton and producer James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool).
So, what does this have to do with Shane Black’s Predator reboot, The Predator, hitting US Theatres on September 14th? Maybe nothing. The timing of the Terminator 6’s commencement, however, coincides with last week’s announcement that The Predator has gone back to Vancouver for 2 short days of reshoots. Let me explain why this may be significant:
The first script for The Predator, which Black co-wrote with Fred Dekker, included a killer cameo for Schwarzenegger, one that revealed what Dutch has been up to since the first Predator movie concluded in 1987. Schwarzenegger publicly (and unceremoniously) turned the part down, saying it wasn’t substantial enough for to warrant his participation. Still, fans have been holding out hope that… He’ll be back.
I have no idea if Terminator 6 is also filming in Vancouver, only that Canada is a popular location of big budget productions, with at least 2 other major studios currently shooting 2019 releases in the Great White North. Still, the mere fact that The Predator reshoots coincide with Schwarzenegger latest gig is enough of a tenuous connection to keep fans hoping.
Considering the promotional campaign for The Predator has been haemorrhaging spoilers, it would be nice if they at least had one big twist left for us. Time will tell. Give the trailer and synopsis for The Predator a look-see below.
From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
The film’s sizable ensemble cast includes Thomas Jane, Jake Busey, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, and Augusto Aguilera.
Words: Josh Millican (@josh_millican)