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.