Stephen Hopkins Talks Predator 2 For 30th Anniversary, Arnie's Involvement & Cancelled Anniversary Re-Release

Started by Corporal Hicks, Nov 25, 2020, 12:37:32 PM

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Stephen Hopkins Talks Predator 2 For 30th Anniversary, Arnie's Involvement & Cancelled Anniversary Re-Release (Read 6,341 times)

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Predator 2’s director, Stephen Hopkins, recently spoke to Howard Gorman for Scream Magazine in celebration of Predator 2’s 30th anniversary. Over the course of the 15 minute interview, Hopkins discusses Arnie’s involvement, the difficulties of shooting in Los Angeles, a new unreleased anniversary release of the film, Shane Black’s The Predator and plenty more.

While discussing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s involvement with Predator 2 and the reasons for his exit, Hopkins actually discussed the envisioned opening of the film had Arnie been involved.

“The opening scene of the film was supposed to be these guys playing golf on a golf course and a helicopter lands, and there’s a guy with white hair playing golf. and they come and say “he’s back.” And Arnold turns around, and he’s got white hair with a scar across his face. And he Danny Glover were going to team up.”

While Stephen doesn’t go into further detail about what that vision of Predator 2 would have looked had Dutch had returned, he continued on to seemingly say that because of Arnie dropping out (and also seems to be discussing a writer’s strike that prevented Jim and John Thomas from re-writing the script) they had to improvise the dialogue while filming.

I’m unsure whether this was due to the cut in the discussion in the video or perhaps the years, but the situation is still somewhat confusing as none of the drafts of Predator 2’s script (including the first) ever had Dutch involved in any significant capacity, and the writers strike that took place in the 80s was in 1988 when Predator 2 was written in 1989 so it wouldn’t have been impacted.

 Stephen Hopkins Talks Predator 2 For 30th Anniversary, Arnie's Involvement & Cancelled Anniversary Re-Release

Director Stephen Hopkin’s and suited up Kevin Peter Hall on the set of Predator 2.

While Alien vs. Predator Galaxy certainly spent November celebrating the 30th anniversary of Predator 2, we got no such activity from 20th Century Studios. During the interview Hopkins revealed that this wasn’t always going to be the case!

“Last year Peter Levy, the cinematographer, and I did a new 70mm version because I think they were going to release it this year for the 30th anniversary. But I think the last Predator movie bombed, so they decided not to, I think.”

You can watch the full interview down below.

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Kradan

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Xenomrph

That's a shame that it didn't get an anniversary re-release. It feels like the studio had the wrong takeaway from 'The Predator' - it didn't bomb because no one likes Predator, it bombed because it wasn't a good movie.

Mike

So according to the director there was a lot of gory scenes cut out. It's not a myth after all

Stitch

Quote from: Xenomrph on Nov 25, 2020, 03:00:13 PM
That's a shame that it didn't get an anniversary re-release. It feels like the studio had the wrong takeaway from 'The Predator' - it didn't bomb because no one likes Predator, it bombed because it wasn't a good movie.
I think you're right, and that is a damn shame. I'd have loved to see a re-release of P2 on the big screen.

BlueMarsalis79

Anniversary Version of Predator 2 we are now never going to see?
Superb another reason The Predator's garbage.
Spoiler
Brb killing myself ugh
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KiramidHead

Arnold with white hair just makes me think of Rainier Wolfcastle.

Kradan

Quote from: Fiendishly Inventive on Nov 25, 2020, 06:25:35 PM
Anniversary Version of Predator 2 we are now never going to see?
Superb another reason The Predator's garbage.
Spoiler
Brb killing myself ugh
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Quote from: Kradan on Nov 25, 2020, 02:41:29 PM
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Haha that was great! :laugh:

Quote from: Mike on Nov 25, 2020, 03:14:13 PM
So according to the director there was a lot of gory scenes cut out. It's not a myth after all

Hopkins already mentioned having to cut out gore in his home video commentary.  :)

Mike

But I thought someone on here said there was no abc-17 cut after all


Ahsoka

No reason not to have that scene in a new Predator film, before it's too late. Let's have Anna too, maybe she works with Dutch.

cool man cool

are they talking about doing a new release for predator 2 in he theaters and was suppose to be the uncut version? maybe they didn't release it because of the pandemic. but if they are talking about a new uncut release on blurry, then thats disappointing

SiL

It wasn't uncut. Same film, new print.

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