After “Rocky IV,” a joke circulated around Hollywood that Rocky had run out of earthly opponents and would have to fight an alien if a fifth film was made. That joke inspired the script for “Predator.”

Predator (film)

This article is about the 1987 film. For the 2018 film, see The Predator (film). For the entire film franchise, see Predator (franchise).

Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action horror film directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas.[4] It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite military rescue team on a mission to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory in Central America.[notes 1] Kevin Peter Hall co-stars as the Predator who is a technologically advanced space alien monster spying, stalking, and hunting the main characters. Predator was written in 1984, under the working title of Hunter. Filming ran from March-June 1986 and creature effects were devised by Stan Winston.

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