Robert Rodriguez Wants Arnold Schwarzenegger In His New ‘Predators’

Sometimes, when a project you desperately want to see flicker onto the big screen instead fails to get off the ground, it can be a bummer. And sometimes, really, it’s all for the best: like a fine wine or the adult careers of Jason Bateman and Neil Patrick Harris, these things can take time to develop.

Take Robert Rodriguez’s “Predators,” a resurrection of the alien invasion horror films that he first began writing about fifteen years ago. It was an ambitious script that he admits could never have been filmed at the time, and it went nowhere. Now the project is back in his hands, albeit as a producer, and Rodriguez is focused on what made the original, Arnold Schwarzenegger-led “Predator” such a classic.

“You really need great characters so that the audience feels they’re going on this journey with them,” he told MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “And I like the double-meaning of the title—the predators, are you talking about the creatures or are you talking about this group of humans that are actually going in there against them. Are they going to kill each other off if there were no predators?”

Rodriguez confirmed that the story will be driven by an ensemble cast and won’t take place on Earth. And he’s also hoping his version will wash away the taint of the “Aliens vs. Predator” spin-offs.

“Maybe people will forget all the bad sequels and only think this one and the original exist,” he laughed.

The 1987 original, of course, featured the machine gun stylings of the current Governor of California. If McG could find a way to weave Arnold into May’s “Terminator Salvation,” could Rodriguez pull off the same feat for “Predators”?

“I don’t know,” he said. “That would be really great. We’ve talked about hopefully seeing if he could be involved if we see there’s a place in the script.”

Should Arnold return for “Predators”? What did you think of his “Terminator Salvation” cameo?