Shane Black’s Predator reboot, The Predator, was recently rescheduled from its original February release date until August 3rd, 2018. Normally, a film’s postponement indicates a lack of faith on the part of the studio, but in this case, it indicates 20th Century Fox’s confidence that The Predator is summer blockbuster material.
Fans reacted with mixed emotions when it was announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger would not be reprising the role of Dutch from 1987’s Predator, even though a cameo was written into the script for him. If Arnold is truly not participating (I have a theory that his denial is merely a deflection), this will actually be the 2nd time a planned return for Dutch has failed to come to fruition.
2010’s Predators was directed by Nimród Antal and written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, but producer Robert Rodriguez turned in an early treatment of the script that included a much different ending than the one we saw. While I couldn’t locate an archived copy of the script itself, I found this recap AngryJoesShow.com:
The scene would have had the human survivors sitting bloody and beaten in the jungle. The silence is interrupted by a vibration that grows until it sounds like a freight train is bearing down on them. Once the dust cloud settles, a Predator is revealed. The door opens and dozens of Predators file out. The humans are screwed now. There’s nowhere to run and even if there was, they don’t have the energy for any more fighting. The Predators don’t attack but part into two single-file lines on each side of the door. Their leader, with armor covered in “trophies,” exits and walks towards them. He slowly removes his helmet to reveal… DUTCH (Schwarzenegger). “Not bad kid…not bad at all,” he says. SMASH TO BLACK.
The Alien & Predator uber-fans on YouTube’s WeylandYutaniInc91 used computer animation to recreate the ending we never got. While the graphics are amateurish, I have to admit the scene itself sounds amazing: Dutch as leader of a tribe of Predators at war with the Berserkers; that would have kicked some serious ass! Check out the recreation below, along with the trailer and synopsis for 2010’s Predators below.
Official Synopsis: Brought together on a mysterious planet, a mercenary (Adrien Brody) and a group of coldblooded killers now become the prey. A new breed of aliens pursues the ragtag humans through dense jungle. The group must work together to survive, or become the latest trophies of the fearsome intergalactic hunters.
About WeylandYutaniInc91: This is Weyland-Yutani Inc’s page that brings you everything Aliens, Predator, Aliens vs. Predator, and much more. Welcome to Weyland-Yutani. These are videos I have made based on scripts I have written. Aliens Unleashed, Aliens Apocalypse, Aliens Vengeance, Predator Manhunt, Predator Subzero, Predator Deadliest Game, Aliens vs. Predator: Survival of the Fittest, Aliens vs. Predator: War, Aliens vs. Predator: Final Round, and Terminator Resistance. I also wrote adaptations of games, Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2.