Last week, 20th Century Fox issued a slew of new release dates for upcoming projects, including their highly-anticipated Predator sequel, which will hit theaters March 2, 2018. Writer-director Shane Black has previously revealed that the script is finished, which he co-wrote with Fred Dekker, and that it will be a sequel, not a reboot as previously rumored. While no cast members are officially attached yet, original Predator star Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed in an interview with The Arnold Fans that he's planning on meeting with Shane Black soon to discuss the project.
"I haven't talked with him (Shane Black) yet but I'm going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon. Just as soon as I'm finished with this (Arnold's Sports Festival) and The Apprentice and all this stuff. But I will get together with him. If there is any news, we'll of course let you know right away. There's also a meeting coming up soon about The Legend of Conan, about the project moving forward. Look, the fans are the most important thing because without the fans, I'd be nothing. So I just always want them to know that I appreciate them very much; their loyalty, their dedication, and their passion about all the stuff that i'm doing. So, thank you."
Last month, the first poster for Predator surfaced on the movie's official Facebook and Twitter accounts, which offered the tagline, "You'll never see him coming." Co-writer Fred Dekker also released a cryptic message about a meeting he recently had regarding Predator, but he wouldn't say anything about what he saw, or what he talked about during that meeting. With a release date now in place, it seems the project is moving forward in the right direction.
The original Predator hit theaters in 1987, which actually featured Shane Black in his acting debut as Hawkins, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dutch and Carl Weathers as Dillon. Predator 2 followed in 1990, starring Danny Glover, but the creature didn't surface on the big screen again until Alien Vs. Predator in 2004, followed by 2007's Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem. The last installment in the franchise was Predators in 2010. What isn't clear at this point is how this Predator sequel will address the stories told in the previous films.
Since this is a sequel, and not a reboot, it's possible that Predator star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator 2's Danny Glover and the surviving characters in Predators could conceivably return for this project. But since no cast members have been announced yet, we'll just have to wait and see who comes on board. Do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger will come back as Dutch for this new Predator sequel? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates.