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Updated: Behind-the-Scenes Images of A “Face-Hugger” Inspired Breathing Mask for Alternate Ending of The Predator!

I think it would be fair to say that it is well known that the leaked draft of The Predator that was making the rounds last year featured an ending in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch appeared to recruit the surviving characters to his cause. It’s also pretty well known Arnold turned down the role but honestly, how many of us were still expecting him to climb out of that pod at the end of The Predator?

It’s starting to look like the Predator Killer suit was not always the occupant of Pod 03. That’s not to say it would have been Dutch, as the props below look purposefully designed to obscure the face, but from the comments the artists are making, this was from an alternate ending to The Predator!

Jon K. Miller and Sara Villarreal both shared some really cool photos of an interesting prop that we never saw in the finished film.

 

According to the captions from both Jon and Sara, the resemblance to an Alien facehugger was quite deliberate. You can even see a Weyland-Yutani logo on there!

The prop is actually based on designs by Fausto De Martini who previously shared his designs for both this breathing mask and the pod seen at the end of the film. In the concept art, the pod also has Weyland-Yutani markings but they were removed for the finished film (though it still retains the text Pod 03 in English).

 

On the comments on Instagram, Fausto revealed that the Weyland-Yutani logo was actually requested from management, nor was this originally supposed to be a Predator pod. It’s unknown if the scene was actually filmed or if it was dropped before filming but the question remains! Who was envisioned to be the occupant of this pod?

Thanks to Christopher Cooksey for bringing this to our attention! Keep checking in with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest on The Predator! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien and Predator fans on our forums!

Update 05/12/2018 – ADI’s Alec Gillis also shared a short clip of the prop with some additional commentary.



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  1. Huggs
    Bringing Dutch back would just about be the most ridiculous thing I could think of doing to this franchise. Even more so than dogs with dreadlocks and the autism angle.

    Well, I don't know. Dutch and the autism thing might as well be tied for that.
  2. Voodoo Magic
    Someone asked Fred Dekker on his FB page if this was meant for a Dutch or Ripley cameo and he replied with Yes....
    Just because he said that doesn't mean Ripley was a serious option. Dutch (the extremely likely correct answer) was just among the things listed, and he confirmed it. The person asking the question could have said "Dutch, Ripley, Jerry Lewis, Spider-Man, or Taylor Swift" and the answer to the question is still "yes".

    Taylor Swift, i'd be down for that  :laugh:

    How you could leave out Tom Jones is just plain criminal.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/YXAVxT2a4Xt9S/giphy.gif

    Damn you're right ! Unfortunately it's not unusual coming from me to forget the great Tom !  :laugh:

    I see what you did there!

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/R0TrhAtNeUC0E/giphy.gif?cid=19f5b51a5c0d37f33732647055de83bc
  3. BigDaddyJohn
    Someone asked Fred Dekker on his FB page if this was meant for a Dutch or Ripley cameo and he replied with Yes....
    Just because he said that doesn't mean Ripley was a serious option. Dutch (the extremely likely correct answer) was just among the things listed, and he confirmed it. The person asking the question could have said "Dutch, Ripley, Jerry Lewis, Spider-Man, or Taylor Swift" and the answer to the question is still "yes".

    Taylor Swift, i'd be down for that  :laugh:

    How you could leave out Tom Jones is just plain criminal.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/YXAVxT2a4Xt9S/giphy.gif

    Damn you're right ! Unfortunately it's not unusual coming from me to forget the great Tom !  :laugh:
  4. Voodoo Magic
    Someone asked Fred Dekker on his FB page if this was meant for a Dutch or Ripley cameo and he replied with Yes....
    Just because he said that doesn't mean Ripley was a serious option. Dutch (the extremely likely correct answer) was just among the things listed, and he confirmed it. The person asking the question could have said "Dutch, Ripley, Jerry Lewis, Spider-Man, or Taylor Swift" and the answer to the question is still "yes".

    Taylor Swift, i'd be down for that  :laugh:

    How you could leave out Tom Jones is just plain criminal.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/YXAVxT2a4Xt9S/giphy.gif
  5. BigDaddyJohn
    Someone asked Fred Dekker on his FB page if this was meant for a Dutch or Ripley cameo and he replied with Yes....
    Just because he said that doesn't mean Ripley was a serious option. Dutch (the extremely likely correct answer) was just among the things listed, and he confirmed it. The person asking the question could have said "Dutch, Ripley, Jerry Lewis, Spider-Man, or Taylor Swift" and the answer to the question is still "yes".

    Taylor Swift, i'd be down for that  :laugh:
  6. AVP-CAPCOM
    It's no secret Sigourney Weaver hates AVP, each to their own I guess, whereas I always wanted a cinematic AVP.

    But its daft to even suggest Weaver would do a cameo even for a paycheck. She doesn't need the money, she's always being cast and she is very protective of the legacy of her ALIEN appearances. As well as integrity in casting in movie and TV in general.

    Also how would she, theoretically, comeback?
    - Predator time travel?
    - Would it be Ripley Clone 8?
    - Ripley taken from the Sulaco in the future to prevent Alien 3 happening and preds zapping the upsiddown stowaway Egg with Queen Superfacehugger?
    - Would the mechanical facehugger device be to extract the Queen embryo for "the Predator killer"?

    Sounds like Star Trek (2009) levels of heresy and retconning.
  7. Xenomrph
    Someone asked Fred Dekker on his FB page if this was meant for a Dutch or Ripley cameo and he replied with Yes....
    Just because he said that doesn't mean Ripley was a serious option. Dutch (the extremely likely correct answer) was just among the things listed, and he confirmed it. The person asking the question could have said "Dutch, Ripley, Jerry Lewis, Spider-Man, or Taylor Swift" and the answer to the question is still "yes".
  8. El Pistolero
    Well these endings are quiet a little hint for a sequel. We got that stupid Iron Man Ending and we could have got this kinda AVP3 Ending. If I could choose between both anding, so f**k you, I deffinitly choose the AVP3 Ending ;)

    Ok there was also an Arnie Ending planed. Mybe if they do it very well and scipping this uprade idea and do it with a smaller budget. An Arnie Cameback could save the franchise maybe. But I dont really want to have Schwarzenegger back in this franchise. It isnt the terminator franchise. I dont want to belong to those guys, they believe a predator movie works only with schwarzenegger.
  9. Xenomrph
    It's very on the nose - pardon the pun - and doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's a fanboyish idea that looks cool but not much else.
    I agree that it’s on the nose, but that’s part of the charm for me. I like well-hidden Easter eggs that prompt repeat viewings, but sometimes in-your-face “haha, get it???” callbacks will put a big smile on my face and make me say, “haha, yeah, I DO get it! This is fun!”

    I can see how some might see it as obnoxious, but sometimes I think that kind of stuff can be a refreshing change of pace.
  10. Xenomrph
    I think the facehugger-mask is a clever idea and the prop executes it well, I wouldn't mind seeing NECA drop one into some sort of 'The Predator' accessory pack somehow or something.
  11. Corporal Hicks


    It's absolute trash, what's to love about Ripley in Alien cosplay?
    One of the stupidest things I've ever seen visually and conceptually from this franchise.

    I second that motion. Its is absolute trash. It belongs in a Saturday cartoon or a toy line, but not a movie. Its a terrible fan boy idea i would expect from only a teenager.

    Lol, I hope you both don't accidentally cut yourselves with all that edge. Seems a bit sharp.

    You could use some edge. Maybe it will help you cut through a bullshit movie like this one, instead of getting stuck in the muck.

    You could both do with stepping back and remembering we expect people to respect each other here.
  12. brokentusk420
    It's absolute trash, what's to love about Ripley in Alien cosplay?
    One of the stupidest things I've ever seen visually and conceptually from this franchise.

    I second that motion. Its is absolute trash. It belongs in a Saturday cartoon or a toy line, but not a movie. Its a terrible fan boy idea i would expect from only a teenager.

    Lol, I hope you both don't accidentally cut yourselves with all that edge. Seems a bit sharp.

    You could use some edge. Maybe it will help you cut through a bullshit movie like this one, instead of getting stuck in the muck.
  13. Hughughug
    It's absolute trash, what's to love about Ripley in Alien cosplay?
    One of the stupidest things I've ever seen visually and conceptually from this franchise.

    I second that motion. Its is absolute trash. It belongs in a Saturday cartoon or a toy line, but not a movie. Its a terrible fan boy idea i would expect from only a teenager.

    Lol, I hope you both don't accidentally cut yourselves with all that edge. Seems a bit sharp.
  14. Samhain13
    "Facehugger breathing apparatus".

    The hell is that even suppose to be?

    It's the Weyland-Yutani logo, even.

    Shouldn't it just be Weyland at this point?

    Doubt any of them is paying any attention.

    Apparently Fox had only 7 days to come up with an alternative ending, according to Mr H.

    Damn they suck at their job.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    It's stupid. The ironman suit is stupid. A mechanical facehugger breathing apparatus has no place in a Predator movie stupid.

    Don't forget Pred-Monkeys!  :P

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/46963436_10214321602853144_6979584244142047232_o.jpg

    Jesus wept

    Ha!

    But before the production of the movie it was very clear, that Schwarzenegger didn't want to be in it. It seems that scene was for someone else. Maybe Alexa Woods?

    I was thinking Royce or maybe Isabelle but I'm glad it wasn't Lex.

    I'm personally yearning for another AvP movie, but a fresh start.  One that is not connected to the previous installments.  One with little to no humans, entrenched in science fiction horror. One that Fox pays a talented writer and director for, and stays away from a serviceable, Uwe Boll or Paul Anderson equivalent. This is the dream unrealized (to me).
  16. El Pistolero
    I don't know. The whole The Predator movie didn't make any sense for me. The predators had always that self destruct device just to get sure not to leave any tech behind. And now it seems they are giving them predator killer weapons as presents.
    It looks like, they ignored everything we already know about the predators. But there was also a scene in Predators I was very curious about. There was the Classic Predator ready to give a whole Space Ship to the human survivors, before the super preds destroyed it.
    I like the idea that the predators hunting on earth and they always be sure not to leave any tech behind. It seemed for be to be the highest rule for the hunters and it worked out as a story very well in the Concrete Jungle Game.

    But anyway for the movie The Predator, this ending seems to be for me the much more interesting one than the stupid iron man predator suit ending.
  17. Corporal Hicks
    But before the production of the movie it was very clear, that Schwarzenegger didn't want to be in it. It seems that scene was for someone else. Maybe Alexa Woods?

    Yeah, I think it's very unlikely it would have been Arnie. He made it clear early on he wasn't being involved in anything like a cameo. I'm so curious as to who they were actually trying to get. Or if they were just going to leave it obscured and for the sequel to sort out.
  18. El Pistolero
    I think it is just a breathing mask, that's all. But they tried to play around with a facehugger style and the wayland logo. For me it is very obvious that they wanted to tease a new AVP Movie with that scene. But before the production of the movie it was very clear, that Schwarzenegger didn't want to be in it. It seems that scene was for someone else. Maybe Alexa Woods?
    With the Alientail-Spear we had already a reference to the AvP movies. Fox seemed all the last year to build up an AvP extendet universe. And I think they pushed for it also in the new movie, but it didn't worked out.

    I think the Predator movies work very well with the Alien Franchise together. But I don't think that the Alien Movies will work with the Predator Franchise. We still have an AvP Universe and an Alien Universe separated until we see any Alien sequel with a predator reference in it.
  19. Brundlepede
    Its dumb. Fox was dumb. I like Predator. I like Alien. I'm tired of AVP. I'm tired of both franchises being dragged through the muck for the sake of a dumb comic crossover. A dumb comic crossover that was never that good in the first place.
  20. AVP-CAPCOM
    It's the Weyland-Yutani logo, even.

    Shouldn't it just be Weyland at this point?

    Apparently Fox had only 7 days to come up with an alternative ending, according to Mr H. But your point might be moot.

    Having Ms Yutani at the end of AVP-R makes sense cause even by AVP-GALAXY Wikipedia the merger of Weyland Yutani took place in 2099 10 years after Prometheus's "cave painting discovery" scene in 2089, 2122 is when ALIEN happened and had Weyland Yutani on all its logos.

    I have no problem implying AVP is in the ALIEN universe.
  21. BishopShouldGo
    It's absolute trash, what's to love about Ripley in Alien cosplay?
    One of the stupidest things I've ever seen visually and conceptually from this franchise.

    It’s an interesting next step in Ripley’s relationship with the alien. She’s “become” the xeno before with their DNA in Resurrection, but now she gets to “become” them in a different way. My opinion of course, but I really love it.
  22. whiterabbit
    I know everyone is just trying to be polite in praising the designs but who here actually wants Predator to be an AVP film?

    It's stupid. The ironman suit is stupid. A mechanical facehugger breathing apparatus has no place in a Predator movie stupid.
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