Terminator might not be the only iconic film series Arnold Schwarzenegger revisits, as reports are coming in that Predators producer Robert Rodriguez has asked the governor to reprise his role as Dutch for the upcoming sequel.
Upon hearing the rumors that Rodriguez wanted Schwarzenegger to appear in the new movie, Moviehole did some snooping and heard that an offer was definitely made a couple days ago, and now the filmmakers are waiting to hear back from the governor. Their source explained:
"They've written a role for him" a second source later told us via email. "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."
Considering Schwarzenegger's hectic schedule, it's hardly surprising they haven't heard anything back yet. He did ultimately agree to appear in Terminator Salvation, so it's not out of the question that he signs on for a cameo in Predators. Of course, there's a massive difference between allowing your image to be used and actually signing on for a couple days worth of filming, which this role would almost certainly entail.
He also already turned down a chance to return as Dutch in Predator 2, and that was back when he wasn't busy running the world's eighth largest economy. Still, I'm going to remain optimistic Terminator Salvation has started a trend of Schwarzenegger returning to all his old movies. Personally, I think Schwarzenegger should take over the role of the woman the new Quaid hides inside in the Total Recall remake.
The source also gave a report on the script for the film, which is gearing up to start production in the near future. Everything sounds very positive thus far:
"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 sounds like there's every chance Predators will be a decent flick with or without the governor's involvement, but a confirmed Schwarzenegger appearance would instantly make this one of the movies I'm most looking forward to. Predators is currently on track for a July 2010 release.