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ADI Shares Predator Menagerie Concept Designs!

Following the first The Predator video in which they showed off their Emissary Predator designs, studioADI has uploaded a new behind-the-scenes video of The Predator! Like the Emissary Predators, the menagerie has been absent from pretty much all the behind-the-scenes material but thanks to the studioADI YouTube channel we now get a look at these cut creatures – which were dubbed the menagerie – that were a part of the original third act!

Shane Black and Fred Dekker’s early drafts of the script for THE PREDATOR called for a menagerie of alien creatures to break free from the crashed Predator spaceship. The idea was that a rogue group of Predators would extract DNA for their own use from a diverse group of specimens collected from across the galaxy. Our goal was to create designs that would not look like they came from a single source. To get a wide variety of concepts we brought in Brian Wynia, Ken Barthelmey, Luca Nemolato, Jordan Morris, Farzad Varahramyan, Adam Dougherty and Tim Martin.

As a side note, Shane and Fred always try to work a spider with a human head into every project they can. They’re like that. Our job was to try to make one look cool!

We recently had the chance to chat to ADI’s Alec Gillis about their work on The Predator for the AvP Galaxy Podcast where we asked him the various menagerie creatures. If you haven’t already, be sure to give the interview a listen!

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Comments: 48
  1. The Old One
    In total honesty, when William Hudson
    "Sir, is this going to be a stand up fight,
    or another bug hunt?"

    I can almost imagine he's referring
    to something like this creature...

    Credit; @JokersWarPig
  2. TheSailingRabbit

    You know what that is?

    That is a nope.

    A nope I don't want to ever see in the shower, or my bedroom.

    Ah C'mon. These things crawl up through my air vents by the nest load during the summer months. You can take em'. Let me see that war face woman!

    What would "last stand" Hudson think of such defeatist talk?

    I would've run screaming out of the bathroom before pushing him in there. There's be no time for talk.
  3. The Old One

    I don't think it belongs in the setting of The Predator, but it's totally terrifying.
    Honestly I could totally see it being a species on a colony world that the USCM may have had to wipe out.


    Getting closer to "thing" territory. The design from Predators is still the most sound, in my opinion.

  4. Dontgopostingmyheart
    Of course, "most " animals on Earth dont have four limbs and a skeleton, I misspoke (typed) but they're ubiquitous among higher animals.
  5. Dontgopostingmyheart
    That's kind of like saying its weird and unbelievable that most animals on Earth has four limbs and an internal skeleton. There are exceptions sure, cephalopods and insects but reptiles, mammals, birds and amphibians all have four limbs and internal skeletons. Once life on a planet finds something that works, it sticks with it. If mandibles had evolved early enough in the development of life on Planet Predator than yeah, they're probably pretty common on that planet.
  6. Mr.Turok
    Its just slightly unbelievable, even for Predator lore, that every creature in their homeworld has to have mandibles to show "hey these guys are from Predator homeworld, see the mandibles show it".
  7. XenoHunter99
    Boooooooo. Everything from Predator World except for the Predator should have been cute and cuddly. That would help explain why the predators hunt on alien worlds.
    For all we know, that's true. Could be the Preds themselves were cute and cuddly until someone or something tampered with them. For all the material that emerged over the years, from what I can tell, the Predators remain somewhat mysterious.
  8. The Old One
    The last two
    hound designs are stupid;
    & The Official
    "The Predator" Hounds.

    The rest are convincing and
    I could easily see roaming
    a game preserve.

    Hybridisation itself is
    a tired stupid concept.
    As designs on their own-
    the rest is excellent.
  9. Predwars24
    Most of the hybrid concept art is actually worse than what we got in the film. I'd understand if a Predator Clan were to upgrade themselves, But I'm lead to believe that not only are all the Predators trying to upgrade themselves, but their pets as well? Spiders, Monkeys, and of course the dogs from the film are all just hybrids. It's just dumb at least for me.
  10. HashTag_TheSwag
    The Predator Spider makes sense because did you know that spider's are the fiercest killers in the insect kingdom?
    If they were really looking to break that billion dollar mark, they should have included a fight scene between a Predator and a polar bear.
  11. XenoHunter99
    As critter designs, a lot of these menagerie creatures had potential. The spider looks good. As a matter of tactics, the scorpion tail might work better slung over the top, but ok. How big was this supposed to be?
  12. The Old One
    Vertebrates and invertebrates exist for a start.

    If you go the scientific route, based upon what we know today-
    No- it wouldn't make sense; because in nature there's hardly even two arthropods that possess similar mandibles.

    So even if you want to make the argument that the mandibles make sense because they evolved on the same world-
    Fair enough, but then just like animals on Earth you'd also have to concede then logically the mandibles would look completely different;
    because both would utilize them in completely different ways- as arthropods do, or even mammals.

    They would absolutely not look nearly identical as the last two artworks show.
  13. bobcunk
    Even if they are experiments it still.mskes sense, all earth animals have pretty much the same skeleton just differnt proportions, I'd assume every animal on their home planet would have mandibles. They would have a 3volved from a comon ancestor.
  14. Voodoo Magic
    The first one from Michael Vince looks interesting.

    And I really like the body of the last Hound. But that face...? I really detest this pred-creature hybrid concept.  I feel like I'm back in the Ripley clone lab in Resurrection.  Why Shane, why.  :-[
  15. Corporal Hicks
    I love that they didn't go down the dredds and mandibles on everything route. That was what I had been scared of. But from the sounds of it, that wasn't the mandate. These were the creatures the Predator had been harvesting from, not experimenting on.
  16. El Pistolero
    I Like the concepts. It looks like they tried to create some other species from the predator homeworld. But I think they would fit more in a Predators Sequel on one of their hunting planets. It would be nice to see other species hunt down by predators.
    Amalgamated Dynamics are a talented studio and I really like Tom Woodruff's work as a sculptor and suit performer, as this video attests.

    Even in the lesser ALIEN movies I like his practical ALIEN effects, AVP-R being my favourite. Heck even the most critical DVD reviewers called AVP-R trash but gave the extras disc with Tom Woodruffs work a 5/5 review.

    But these predator hybridizations concepts are just run of the mill stock to me.
    Videogames design as padding yes, trying to upstage the classic predator design no.
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