In a recent exclusive interview with me for Scream Magazine, Director Stephen Hopkins delved into all manner of anecdotes regarding 1990’s return of the Jautja, Predator 2 which turned 30 in November.
Despite not getting the greatest of receptions when it first came out, audiences both old and new have since come to appreciate the drastic change in tack that co-writers Jim and John Thomas went for once Hopkins was tapped to helm the project – so much so that it’s now considered a cult classic.
Whatever your opinion of the film, you really can’t fault it for being the perfect slice of mindless, mean-spirited sci-fi action it was always intended to be. Case in point: during the interview, Hopkins shared all kinds of anecdotes that no one had heard of in the three decades that have passed since then. Particular brow-raisers include a bizarre meeting with Steven Seagal who was “desperate” for the role that eventually went to Danny Glover and a break down of how the original script had intended to include Arnold Schwarzenegger teaming up with the police to take the Predator down in the streets of Los Angeles.
You can enjoy all of the above plus an assortment of other “candy” in the video below…