The Original Ending To THE PREDATOR Would’ve Connected It To The ALIEN Franchise
I haven’t seen Shane Black’s The Predator yet. But I do know the whole third act was retooled among reshoots and stuff. Now we have an idea as to what the alternate endings would be.
Here is one alternate ending from Birth.Movies.Death. Spoilers for The Predator follow if you have not seen the film.
In the film, the very last scene finds Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) learning that a rogue Predator has gifted humanity with a “Predator killer”, which turns out to be a suit of Iron Man-esque super-armor (remember that overly-busy Shredder design from 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Well, it’s like that, only it’s also a Predator). Obviously, the intention here was to set up a sequel, one wherein McKenna would use this eyesore of an exoskeleton to protect the world against a new wave of Predator attacks. Eh, well, alright!
In Dekker and Black’s original screenplay, however, this scene isn’t there. Instead, McKenna, his son, Rory (Jacob Tremblay) and Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) have all just survived the final attack of the Super Predator (referred to as “The Upgrade” in the script) when a helicopter lands. Out climbs…Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), his “face haunted; etched by pain.” Dutch tells the trio to come with him, and when Rory asks, “Uh…me, too?”, the franchise’s second-most iconic badass smiles and says “Especially you.”
Cut to black.
A Schwarzenegger cameo was rumored from the very beginning, and it appears that this is what it would have been. Fans would have very much enjoyed that, I think.
The Schwarzenegger ending has been known for a while (that BMD story was from September) But even crazier endings were considered, and actually shot! It would have had 1 of 2 women in Predator Killer Armor: Ripley or Newt from the Alien franchise!
The news comes from Special Effects Artist Yuri Everson’s Instagram account.
Again, having not seen the movie yet, I can’t comment on whether this would have been better or worse. But it does sound cool. Especially if they were to get Sigourney Weaver or Carrie Henn back. Obviously if this had happened it would have ignored the events of Alien 3 and beyond. But that looked like it was going to be the case if Neil Blomkamp’s Alien movie had happened (which Weaver still has hope for). The new Terminator is going to ignore select sequels, and the newest Halloween movie did the same thing, so it isn’t unheard of.
While these two franchises have met in the Alien Vs Predator movies, this would really solidify their existence together. Plus a predator sequel starring Sigourney Weaver as Ripley? Count me in!
But Black and co. ultimately decided against it. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the future, but the question is – would you want it to? It’s fun to think about.
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