Jean Claude Van Damme in Death Warrant

With the impending theatrical release of The Predator franchise installment from writer/director Shane Black, the latest word has confirmation as to why Jean-Claude Van Damme didn’t appear in the John McTiernan-directed 1987 original as the titular movie monster. For those in the know, the McTiernan-led action blockbuster series has seen two direct sequels thus far – namely Predator 2 from 1990 and Predators from 2010 – and has since solidified itself as an iconic 1980s franchise bolstered by lead performances from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, and a young Shane Black.

And with filming officially completed on The Predator – a franchise film that ...

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