Is Arnold Schwarzenegger thinking about appearing in The Predator?

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Mar 7, 2016, 6:25 PM EST

Arnold Schwarzenegger has never appeared in a Predator film since the first one -- but that might be changing.

After several years of no activity, The Predator -- billed as a sequel and not a reboot -- finally looks like it's making headway toward the big screen, with a release date (March 2, 2018), a director (Shane Black) and a screenwriter (Fred Dekker) all attached to the project. And now there are hints that the series' biggest star, aside from the title monster himself, might be up for a return appearance.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the 1987 original as special forces commander Dutch Schaefer, told The Arnold Fans that he's having lunch soon with Shane Black and insinuated that they were getting together to discuss more than just the weather:

"I haven’t talked with [Shane Black] yet but I’m going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon. Just as soon as I’m finished with [Arnold’s Sports Festival] and The Apprentice and all this stuff. But I will get together with him. If there is any news, we’ll of course let you know right away."

That certainly sounds like Schwarzenegger and Black are getting together to talk about a possible part in the film, doesn't it? Dutch was supposed to come back in Predator 2, but Schwarzenegger couldn't agree on his salary with the studio, so he walked. Perhaps now he's willing to come back to a role that, after the Terminator, remains one of his most popular.

Would his participation be a lead, a cameo, a third-act reveal? That all remains unknown and probably will for a while. But in the meantime, does the idea of seeing Arnold return to the Predator franchise spark your interest even more? 

(via Collider/The Playlist)