Predator, released by 20th Century Fox in 1987, starred Jesse Ventura, who went on to become Governor of Minnesota and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who went on to become Governor of California. It starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team, which included Jesse Ventura, who are on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America. Predator was written by Jim and John Thomas in 1985, under the working title of Hunter. The film's budget was around $15 million. 20th Century Fox released it in the United States on June 12, 1987, where it grossed $98,267,558. Different critics reacted differently; criticism focused on the thin plot. In subsequent years, critics' attitudes toward the film changed and became positive, and it was even included in several lists of the best motion pictures.