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Martin Whist To Serve As Production Designer for The Predator

Martin Whist to serve as Production Designer for The Predator. It was first announced by Fred Dekker back at the start of June and now Creative BC is re-iterating the news.

“Very pleased that Martin Whist has joined the team as Production Designer of THE PREDATOR. (P.S. I am not holding the ROBOCOP remake against him.)”

Whist has been Production Designer for many films over the last decade including Super 8, Robocop, Cloverfield, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and The Cabin in the Woods. As noted by Omega Underground, Whist worked alongside Legacy Effects on Robocop.

Cabin in the Wood's Martin Whist to serve as Production Designer for The Predator. Martin Whist To Serve As Production Designer for The Predator

Cabin in the Wood’s Martin Whist to serve as Production Designer for The Predator.

Legacy Effects was founded by Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan, John Rosengrant, and Alan Scott after the death of the original Predator creator Stan Winston. All four worked alongside Stan Winston for many years. Mahan and Rosengrant also worked with Winston on both Predator and Predator as well as Aliens.

Many fans have been wondering if Legacy Effects would replace KNB Effects for Shane Black’s The Predator. Their recent association with Whist may point towards that possibility.

Stan Winston, Shane Mahan and John Rosengrant behind the scenes on Predator 2. Picture via Stan Winston's School of Character Art. Martin Whist To Serve As Production Designer for The Predator

Shane Mahan, Stan Winston and John Rosengrant behind the scenes on Predator 2. Picture via Stan Winston’s School of Character Art.

The Predator is due to start filming in September and news of potential casting is starting to slowly come out. We should hear some more solid information over the next month or so. Keep your eyes on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest!

Thanks to RakaiThwei and Omega Underground for the news.



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Comments: 13
  1. SiL
    Production designer isn't in charge of creature design. Both Cloverfield and Super 8 had creatures designed by Neville Page who's big on ... things that look like Clover and the Super 8 thing.
  2. skull-splitter
    Seeing Cloverfield and Super 8 both had weird but generic looking creatures and Robocop 2014 was better than I expected but failed to make an impact design-wise because of the generic issue again, this does not bode well IMO.
  3. Scorpio
    If Legacy is working on the effects, that's definitely good.  Hopefully they can fix some of the problems.  Stan Winston's predators looked the best but there were times when the rubber suit was obvious (the medkit scene, for example) and in Predator 2 some of the animatronic effects for the predator face looked a little strange in closeups.

    I actually don't have too many nitpicks with ADI's or KNB's work.  The suits did look a little too bulky at times.  They also can't seem to get the predator faces right (one exception is the AVP Elder Predator which looked badass).  It's particularly noticeable with the classic predator, as you can directly compare.  Wolf and Berserker are great, though.

    If they can at least top Wolf or Berserker, because that set the bar for the sequels (the original is unlikely ever to be topped nor P2).
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