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Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

Director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) has been sharing lots of artwork this week from old projects – one of which happens to be Predator. He revealed (#1, #2, #3) he did a Predator pitch to 20th Century Fox some time before Rodriguez produced 2010’s Predators. Some of the pictures do give me the vibe that his pitch takes place in olden times but then the second storyboard shows a solider with a gun. The fifth piece, by an artist called Amro Attia, is quite far away from the original Predator with a sleek metallic design. The last piece, by Dan Milligan, shows a man attacking an unmasked Predator with a sword. You can make out some bodies hanging in the background.

predatorpitch01 Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

predatorpitch02 Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

predatorpitch03 Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

predatorpitch04 Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

Amro Attia Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

Amro Attia

Dan Milligan Director Vincenzo Natali Shares His Predator Pitch Artwork

Dan Milligan

Meanwhile, Shane Black’s Predator sequel is still incoming but it’s been a long time since we’ve had any kind of update on its status. Thanks to DarthJoker45 for the news.



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Comments: 28
  1. Njm1983
    Perhaps feminizing the shape of the body without adding breasts would suit everyone's tastes. It's hard to make something alien and still have it identifiable at the same time. The things we recognize as feminine traits would humanize too much. So you go and create off the wall changes that aren't what we are used to, people would have trouble identifying it a female....there would be a need to have dialogue in film to clarify that it's a female.

    The artwork is very stylized and bland for my taste. I get a lot of the roswell grey alien combined with predator when I look at the images.
  2. CelticPred97
    I really hope Shane Black's sequel and any others are proper sequels, as opposed to the cash-in 'Terminator Genisys' nonsense (not that I've seen that. I'm just predicting from the trailer). As in, don't cpy any one-liners, other than "You're/you are one ugly mother f**ker", as that's in all of them and in fact should be in a sequel. And just don't try and be clever generally with referencing; just make a sequel.
  3. The Alien Predator
    I prefer them not being too humanized. My own take, of course. It makes me like that design even more.

    So Vincenzo has said there wasn't any story to go with his pitch. It was more to do with the visual style.

    To be fair, they are already very humanized.

    Look at their body shape, hell, they even got five fingered hands shaped just like a human's. Even apes can't use their thumbs the way humans and Predators do, not as dexterous.

    Plus the way they hunt for sport is very humanized, and collecting heads as trophies? Name me another animal that does this (out of curiosity) besides a human.

    They use spears, so do humans, they use blades, so do humans, they use ranged weapons, so do humans, they wear some form of clothing, so do humans. See what I mean? I don't really get this huge fear of humanizing the Predators. But I do however agree with you on keeping them a bit different from us and not literal Klingons.

    I just LOVE the idea that the Predators despite being very similar to us are also incredibly alien. Their language alone is literally inimitable for our vocal cords to mimic and yet they themselves have no issues with mimicking our own language.

    Their culture is quite alien and unique. How these clans are able to be space faring and still stick to barbaric traditions. It places them apart from the "we come for your resources" or "take me to your leader" kind of alien.

    The Engineers are way more humanized than the Predators and that doesn't change the fact that they themselves are a very alien creature.

    I respect your opinion, mate. Nothing wrong with your way of imagining the Predators. I just don't get this usual "they are being humanized" train of thought. In a way, AvP did show they "taught humans how to build", maybe it's the other way around and humans are too Predatorized. Let's see who else hunts for sport besides humans and Predators in this franchise. I don't see any Engineers or Arcturians collecting no heads.  :P

    And on the topic of bewbs. I don't mind female Predators having them. It doesn't really stop their females from being badasses. The new Tabletop figures of female Predators look pretty neat. I also like how apparently Dachande was able to tell Machiko Noguchi was female due to the two protrusions on her chest similar to the females of his race.

    Hell, I prefer them to have breasts over the Hish's gender swapping ability.


    Now, on the topic of the thread. The artwork looks a bit too stylish. Not bad though. I like how the last picture looks a bit as if the Predator is wearing an Engineer like bio-suit, that's what it reminded me of.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    Well that's def interesting but I agree with Hicks... not being too humanized is a good thing. The style of the art has a very Japanese-Anime-Matrix feel to it. However, I must voice that I do prefer female Predator with boobs. The female characteristics draw a deeper distinction with the added breasts rather than not.

    I'd rather they find another way to visualize the difference. Something less human.
  5. PRJ_since1990
    Well that's def interesting but I agree with Hicks... not being too humanized is a good thing. The style of the art has a very Japanese-Anime-Matrix feel to it. However, I must voice that I do prefer female Predator with boobs. The female characteristics draw a deeper distinction with the added breasts rather than not.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    I prefer them not being too humanized. My own take, of course. It makes me like that design even more.

    So Vincenzo has said there wasn't any story to go with his pitch. It was more to do with the visual style.
  7. Weylan
    @Corporal Hicks,

    Yeah personally I'd prefer female Predators with boobs much, much more than without, just think they look way better with them...I know the miniatures AvP game also depicts a female Predator with boobs :P

     Although I completely respect your opinion :)
  8. Weylan
    Definitely not very good, strongly dislike most of it...the female Predator is decent but the unused concept for the female which was to appear in PREDATORS is far superior.
  9. The First Child
    Looks good. I believe this movie might be set in the future, because of the plasma gun being used by the marine and the more cybernetic armor being worn by the female predator.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    The Predator in the artwork looks very stylized. As a piece of art, I quite like it!

    The last picture looks quite cool. Something about the environment seems very feudal. I could imagine that being Japan.

    I wish he'd provided some story concept too. I actually really loved Cube and Splice. Would have loved to have seen what he'd had in mind.

    Apparently the pitch was made around 5 years ago.
  11. RakaiThwei
    Natali's Predator idea seems... I dunno. Weird? Unique? I... don't have a word for it.

    What was his pitch about anyway, was there any pitch for the story or was it just art? I mean the last picture just looks really.. out there. What is that, ANOTHER gladiator arena idea? Please, I most certainly don't want that.
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