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Writer Talks Early ‘Predator 2’ Ideas; Was Almost Set During World War II!

Jim Thomas and John Thomas, the writers of Predator, returned to bring the titular monster into a fresh environment for 1990’s Predator 2, which was of course set on the mean streets of Los Angeles. But like all sequels, many other ideas were tossed around in the writers room.

During a recent 30th anniversary screening of Predator, brought to our attention by AvP Galaxy, Jim Thomas laid out some early plans for alternate sequels. For starters, as you’ve probably heard over the years, Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally going to be back.

We had an idea where at the end [of Predator], with the burned up clearing where the explosion happens… [Predator 2] opens there,” Thomas recalled.Predator’s invisible feet come into view and a hand plunges down into the dust, into the ashes, and brings up the Predator’s arm and then activates the computer and get’s a readout to see everything that had happened up to that time, focusing on Arnold, and “this is my target.” We went from there and we had to think of how to bring Arnold back into it.

Ultimately, Arnold just wasn’t on board with returning. Another idea for Predator 2 would’ve taken the Predator out of the jungle and into… the Battle of the Bulge?!

We also had an idea about doing a World War 2 version in the Battle of the Bulge, in the middle of the winter,” Thomas noted. “A German foot platoon and an American platoon separated, and had a stalemate fighting each other off when the Predator shows up. They have to join together to defeat it. We thought the snow Predator effect would be quite different.

You can watch the full Q&A below.



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COMMENTS

29 Comments
  • French Predator

    And now we’re stuck with austistic kid , C- list cheap cast, shitty suburbs setting and the guy who turned robocop into a parody as the main writer, whoo fucking doo

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      and the director that turned Iron Man into a parody too!

      • GunsOfNavarone

        Yes, that has me the most worried. The fact that crappy idea even entered his head disappointed me as he’s done some great work in the past.

      • French Predator

        he is also a fucking libtard

  • MrX13

    One of the best movies ever, Predator!! I would have loved to see Schwarzenegger back as Dutch going head to head with the Predator again but oh well. Either way I love franchise and look forward to seeing The Predator next year!

    • French Predator

      You should boycott this garbage, juts sayin’

    • Mike tantatelli

      It’s my favorite movie of all time.

      • Joshua

        Have you watched the movie in 3D? It’s awesome! It was like watching the movie for the first time, totally different experience. I can’t wait for Terminator 2: 3D which should be even better with James Cameron in charge.

    • Sasha Kozak

      One of my favorites as a youngster

  • Batcat

    The World War 2 concept actually sounded interesting.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    they should have keep writing the saga

  • Travis_Bickle

    Why is the picture from Predator 1?? Shouldn’t it be Danny Glover?

  • Daniel Anderson

    Would’ve pulled the Alien Vs Predator. All that build up, and even touching on it in Predator 2, and then thrust the predator into the cold.

  • spidergod91

    A adaption of Predator – The bloody sands of time, would be nice. Set during WW1.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a9ee4480ec69f6dea014e21b201e4d5e4006a33a84a71ac8962ac30fbdf7009.jpg

  • Mamet006

    Having brainstormed an idea isn’t the same as ‘almost’.

  • Joshua

    That would have been bad ass

  • de bourguignon

    We prepare for 2018 this movie https://www.facebook.com/predholcaust/

  • The WW2 idea sounds awesome. Especially considering P2 is a piece-of-s**t movie.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      P2 was awesome.

      • No, little one; just no.

        • SKSpawn

          Except it was, though.

        • Kristoffer Groves

          Hey! Only your wife is allowed to call me Little One.

          • I’m gay, so that insult back-fired spectacularly. I, however, thought up the name having seen some pics from your private collection…

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    Still. Do. The. WWII. Predator. Movie.

    Seriously, you wanna bring him back for new movies? FUCKING STILL DO THIS. It sounds potentially great.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    Make every predator idea into a movie. I’ll see them all.

  • Frank Popp Jr.

    Damn, a WW2 Predator movie sounds wikkid…

  • Saint of Killers

    Maybe turn next Predator movie into an anthology movie about a guy telling stories about encounters with Predator race over different time periods. Set one in middle ages then wild west then world war.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    I like the World War 2 idea more than what I’m hearing about Shane Black’s.

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