1. The idea for the film was inspired by a joke about Rocky IV
As revealed in the 2001 short documentary on the film, If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of ‘Predator,’ screenwriters Jim and John Thomas got the idea for the script from a joke about Rocky IV, which came out two years before Predator. Basically, the premise of the joke was that after Rocky defeated all the big opponents he could take on, the only logical move for the series would be for Rocky to face off against an alien in the next film. The Thomases took that idea and ran with it, writing a script called Hunter, which eventually became Predator.
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