Arnold Schwarzenegger Offered Predator and The Running Man Remakes

As we all await the Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback that we’ve been promised, rumours continue to swirl about the multitude of potential big screen projects that the former California governor is currently sifting through. Earlier this year, he was supposedly looking at a WWII movie called With Wings As Eagles, where he would play an older German soldier who defies orders to kill a bunch of kids. Now, according to a recent update from Arnold himself, there are approximately 15 films that have been thrown at him, including reboots of several ’80s action films that he previously starred in. I’m not sure how that makes any sense, but somehow the news doesn’t surprise me.

According to Schwarzenegger fan site The Arnold Fans, he wasn’t holding anything back at this year’s Arnold Seminar, which is a talk and Q&A given by the man himself as a way to kickoff to his annual bodybuilding competition The Arnold Classic. When asked about the scripts that he had been considering for his return, he had this to say:

“Well, first of all it’s more like 15 films, obvious ones from The Terminator to remakes of Predator and The Running Man and all of those things. Then also a lot of original stuff too. But I am also packaging a Comic Book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime by the end of March or the beginning of April.”

While The Terminator project isn’t a huge surprise (Universal supposedly wants Justin Lin to direct), remakes of Predator and The Running Man seem a bit odd. For one thing, the most recent Predator film was a sequel that didn’t involve Arnold, and it seems like it would be in their best interest to simply continue down that path. For another thing, Arnold himself has said he won’t be taking on any intense action roles. Perhaps they want him for a cameo or supporting role instead.

Of course, everyone is very curious to see what comic book property Arnold might be attaching himself to. Does anyone out there have any ideas? What do you think is the best project for Schwarzenegger to choose for his Hollywood comeback?

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  • http://N/A Mark II

    Since this is a TOTAL return for him, basically starting over from scratch, why NOT throw him into a remake of The Running Man in the Damon Killian role. Could overdub his voice just like in Hercules…..hasn’t Lou Ferrigno been doing a lot of voice work lately? I’m sure HE’s got the time.

  • Nelson

    I think in many ways it makes a lot of sense, because there are a ton of people, young and old, that know this guy and love his movies, period. If they make a good action movie AND he’s the star, or even one of the stars, that’s money in the bank.

    Even if a movie is mediocre now, as long as it makes a minimum amount of money they will plan a sequel, and Arnold’s movies generally ALWAYS seem to make more then that minimum amount.

    I don’t care how old he is, if he keeps making movies I will continue to go see them.

  • http://filmjunk.com Steve

    He’s pretty much too old for every comic book character, but maybe he could reboot The Punisher. He wouldn’t have to run around he just has to shoot, torture criminals, and look pissed.

  • berserker01

    I would love him to star in a new original action movie. Create a new iconic series, please.

  • MikeH

    i cant see redoing the Predator with the flick that came out last year, so if anything The Running Man but he could play Killan with someone new in his old role. but he should not over due it with the reboots and shit, then he would be copying Sly, so definitely get a new franchise going.

  • KeithTalent

    Re-watched The Running Man a week or two ago and I think that movie is still freaking awesome. I’d actualyl like them to re-make that, but only if they keep the humour/cheese factor. Presumably they will if Arnie is going to be involved, so I’m all for it.

  • Niklas

    he should do something like Gran Torino where he is just a bad ass old dude.

  • Derek McFarland

    Arnold, these days (to me) is like Clint Eastwood, 20 years ago. Older, but still able to pull off being a bad ass; just from his presence alone. That’s the feeling I got when I saw his 2 minute cameo in, The Expendables.

    It would be quite a bit too unbelievable to see him fighting a Predator, playing a Terminator, of even Killian in Running Man again; so I’m pretty sure if they did make them, he would just be playing a supporting role, almost like Clint did in that cop film,
    THE ROOKIE. Either way, I would pay just ta see him doing actions movies again. It always suited him better than being a politician; in my opinion.
    ARNOLD’s BACK!!!

  • Bas

    Predator 2 didn’t have Ahnold either. Maybe a sequel to the last one with Arnold in Predator makeup?

    As for the comic book: how about The Avangers with Ruffalo as Banner and Ferrigno as the voice, but instead of cg we get Schwarzenegger as The Hulk!?

    But seriously, Niklas is right: he should do something that acknowledges his age and maybe stretch his acting skills.

  • meltingman

    Don’t know about Arnold starring in it, but I think rebooting The Running Man is a fantastic idea. Arnold in a supporting role in the reboot would be too distracting, no? I know many people who would buy tickets to a Running Man reboot…

  • karl

    he can be in t5.. he can be the original human desingner of the t800. based on his younger years make him a mad scientist for sky net who used his dna and voice pattern ect to cover the endo skeleton on the terminator ect this could be done easy….. running man 2 or remake i would love to see keep the original theme maybe mix it up but harold flatmyers running man theme banging…. i got some really good i deas for films pity i dont know anyone….

  • karl

    they should re boot running man and preadator i thought terminator would be good as arnold as the main inventor of the t800 for skynet hence they based on him as a younger man .. or skynet knowing who arnold swaznegger is from history so it copys his physic.. i watched the remake of total recall well what a load of i could of easy made a better story up ..

  • BobTheAvenger!

    comic book?.!..but arnold is a comicbook?..right?

    Please remake Running Man….i would love to see him one more time for that,that movie is ..well…something special….forget the age stuff….lets go for the top!..Arnold F¤!%¤age in the ass!…..Killian!..I’ll BE BACK!..only in a rerun!…ouch…and lets do the book this time around,a fatefull one…Jim brown going down town!:-)

  • hip dysplasia

    I really wish they would remake The Running Man !!!

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