It’s not been a great week for Arnold Schwarzenegger. As Aftermath, his latest adventure in indieland is released in the UK, two bigger projects are looking like non-starters.
First, there’s The Legend Of Conan. After years in development, producer Chris Morgan had bad news for all those fans who’ve been waiting so long for a sequel.
“At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, so much, it’s one of my favourite movies……..Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome. Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it. But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally. You never know, down the road we may revisit!”
All of which sounds pretty final, and now the chances of Arnie appearing in the upcoming re-boot of Predator are looking equally slim. This time, it’s very much down to him. “They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it – whatever they offered,” he said, adding, “Except if there’s a chance that they re-write it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, I won’t do that.”
Dutch Shaefer, his character from the 1987 original, appears at the very end of the latest draft screenplay for the re-make in a short cameo scene. He gets just two lines setting up a sequel. Which could account for Arnie’s reluctance.
Shane Black’s The Predator is scheduled for a 2018 release and will be the first instalment in the series since Alien vs Predator:Requiem ten years ago. Black’s previous project was the Ryan Gosling/Russell Crowe crime comedy, The Nice Guys.
Source: The Wrap