Back in 1987, Arnie and his platoon of tough hombres took on a freakishly ugly and manically violent alien creature with a penchant for hunting humans as sport. Needless to say, it did not go well for the humans, but Arnie came out on top using a clever combination of mud and one-liners. It also helped that he was built like a brick outhouse and was able to distract the beast with his confusing accent and peculiar dialogue delivery.
Predator is a classic, and one of many highlights on Arnie’s very respectable 80s action résumé. So it was a moderate shame when the somewhat lacklustre Predator 2 appeared and changed the setting to the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. It could have worked, and Danny Glover is pretty good, but it lacked the original’s sense of fun, and sported a far less entertaining cast, not to mention the fact that Predator was directed by Die Hard‘s John McTiernan, whereas Predator 2 was helmed by the director of Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and Lost in Space, Stephen Hopkins. Oops.
The intriguing and excessively violent character of the Predator lay dormant until Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil) made the move to combine Alien and Predator on the big screen; such a move had been equally revered and requested by the fans. Alien vs. Predator was acceptable yarn, despite slightly compromising the integrity of the canon of both sets of movies. However, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was utter dross, shot in total darkness using a script that offered the dialogue equivalent of horse faeces.
This could have killed both Alien and Predator, but Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Sin City) had a script gathering dust for an alternative Predator 2 titled Predators (a rather blatant nod to Aliens). The execs found it, removed said dust and went to work getting Rodriguez to revisit his original idea.