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Dark Horse Comics Announces Predator: The Original Screenplay Comic Series!

Following on from their adaptation of William Gibson’s original Alien 3 script (check out our podcast review here), and their upcoming adaptation of Dan O’Bannon’s first draft of Alien, Dark Horse Comics are now turning their sights on Predator and adapting Jim and John Thomas’ original Hunters draft of Predator!

“There’s excitement in seeing what might have been. The bones of Predator are there, but the original idea was so different and in some ways, much deeper than what the movie became — and we lean hard into those differences. Turn all of that over to a pair of dynamic artists like Patrick Blaine and Andy Owens, and the results are spectacular. Predator fans are going to lose their minds!”

Aliens vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood scribe Jeremy Barlow will also be penning the five issue adaptation, and is joined by Patrick Blaine and Andy Owens for the art, both of whom are new talent to the Alien and Predator franchises.

 Dark Horse Comics Announces Predator: The Original Screenplay Comic Series!

Judging from the cover art, this take on the Predator will not be using Steve Johnson’s previous Predator design but a completely new take on the creatures. The first issue is due to hit shelves on the 10th of June! You can also check out the Hunter script in our downloads section!

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  1. HuDaFuK
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    Stuff like that's fairly superfluous though. The basic framework's the same, even if the fates of different characters are moved around a bit.
  2. SiL
    The log bridge is a whole set piece and takes place earlier, some characters are completely different, different deaths; a ton of superficial changes throughout. Pretty sure one of Matheny's men survives even, or Anna is a dude.
  3. HuDaFuK
    The extra mercs didn't really do shit though. Pretty sure they didn't even get any dialogue before they're killed off.

    Mostly I remember the elaborate action scene in the canyon and the vastly expanded final duel between Dutch and the Pred as being the only notable differences.
  4. SiL
    The 1985 draft is substantially different. Same framework, but a lot of changes. Different characters, more characters, deaths swapped around (Blain has Dillon's death), stuff like that.
  5. HuDaFuK
    50 bonus points for having a guy named Blaine doing the art.

    To be honest, the one early Predator script I've read didn't really differ much from the finished film, so it'll be interesting to see what they come up with for this.
  6. Kailem
    The more I think of it, I'm probably confusing the issue. Storyboards, concept art, Boss Films work, none of that should be applicable here. This is just an adaptation of the written page, the original script and its words and descriptions therein. Nothing external outside that script should/would be relevant.

    Yeah that's what I'm thinking. Likely nothing that was developed outside of the original script is going to play a part in what we're going to see.

    It would be cool to see a version that used the original suit design as well though, possibly adapting a later draft. Maybe something for down the road if this does well?

    Also:
    I wonder if this will stay "20th Century 'Fox' Uncovered", or change to 'Studios' :

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/predator-the-original-screenplay-cover-art.jpg

    Hopefully 20th Century Fox. It's still too early for the "Studios" part to be as recognisable to most people. That and just for old time's sake.
  7. Russ840
    No. Not that I noticed. I did breeze over familiar story beats from the film but I was sure to read everything from the ‘Hunter’s’ point of view and there was no mention in those.

    His cameo was interesting though. It’s still tech but it’s like a sheath suit that is more akin to a chameleon as opposed to bending light. There is a great bit with a butterfly at the point he first appears.
  8. Russ840
    I finished reading the ‘Hunter’ screenplay.

    I really enjoyed the nuances.

    Some good descriptions in there for the creature. 3 fingers, toes, semi translucent skin, orange blood and so on.

    The final battle seems to be really long in this screen play. I could see it taking up the entirety of Issues 4 and 5.
  9. Voodoo Magic
    So I'm going through the ol' Predator archives, and these early Hunter storyboards with Matheny / pre-Dutch that were up for sale back in the day at the Propstore of London still featured the original Predator old Boss Films design. That rat head. Even those legs. So it would appear that's the design they still should be going with here.

    https://i.ibb.co/YWH88ZH/IMG-20200220-131459.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/gtXbsGk/IMG-20200220-132719.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/BG5szVt/20200220-132904.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/vLWRPGd/20200220-132831.jpg

    https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/ckeditor_assets/pictures/2967/content_predator-original-design-3.jpg?1395801040

    Looks like I completely missed these storyboards. That's a good catch. Hmmm, makes the choice more odd. Unless they're going shapeshifter from the novel?

    I don't think it was ever a shape-shifter in the script. The earliest draft I read said the Predator had a human-like face under a mask.

    The more I think of it, I'm probably confusing the issue. Storyboards, concept art, Boss Films work, none of that should be applicable here. This is just an adaptation of the written page, the original script and its words and descriptions therein. Nothing external outside that script should/would be relevant.

    In regards to its content, do I believe every version of the Hunter/Predator scripts are in public circulation?  No, not at all, right?  So probably in the formerly Fox library there are versions out there that perhaps reference the hunting party, the Predator bleeding orange versus green, shapeshift ability to appear like other animals, etc. everything we heard about and/or read in the novel. Suddenly I don't want to look into this further, and I'm just plain excited what we may discover within each issue!  :o

    Also:
    I wonder if this will stay "20th Century 'Fox' Uncovered", or change to 'Studios' :

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/predator-the-original-screenplay-cover-art.jpg
  10. Corporal Hicks
    So I'm going through the ol' Predator archives, and these early Hunter storyboards with Matheny / pre-Dutch that were up for sale back in the day at the Propstore of London still featured the original Predator old Boss Films design. That rat head. Even those legs. So it would appear that's the design they still should be going with here.

    https://i.ibb.co/YWH88ZH/IMG-20200220-131459.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/gtXbsGk/IMG-20200220-132719.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/BG5szVt/20200220-132904.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/vLWRPGd/20200220-132831.jpg

    https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/ckeditor_assets/pictures/2967/content_predator-original-design-3.jpg?1395801040

    Looks like I completely missed these storyboards. That's a good catch. Hmmm, makes the choice more odd. Unless they're going shapeshifter from the novel?
  11. Voodoo Magic

    Avp Thicker than Blood
    Predator Hunters III
    Predator Hunting Grounds
    Predator Stalking Shadows
    Predator The Original Screenplay

    Wow, what a stretch of months. We're just rolling in Predator content!

    And Archie Vs Predator 2 concluded last month. In terms of releases this is the most Predator content released in a single year since the 90’s! I’m loving it!

    Good catch!

    While it is mildly surprising they don't seem to be going with the Boss Film design, it makes sense since by the time that came about things were likely closer to what the final film ended up as than the version of the script they're basing this off of.

    I don't know.... the storyboards say Matheny, not Dutch. That's pre-Schwarzenegger. That's 1985.
  12. Kailem
    Super cool news! This and Alien: The Original Screenplay will make great companion pieces. Unexpected for sure, but very, very welcome!

    While it is mildly surprising they don't seem to be going with the Boss Film design, it makes sense since by the time that came about things were likely closer to what the final film ended up as than the version of the script they're basing this off of.

    I've never read any of the early Predator drafts, but I'm assuming this will be more like the small, simian-like creature with prehensile feet that could climb and swing through the trees easily before they decided they wanted something bigger to look more physically intimidating?

    Also was it something from the original script or just an idea that John McTiernan had about the team originally getting to the drop zone via a C-130 rather than choppers and getting buzzed by Peruvian Migs, which caused the pilot to want to turn back until Dutch held a gun to his head and forced him to keep going as planned, eventually running through the plane an grabbing a parachute as he jumped out?
  13. Voodoo Magic
    Hi. Very interesting.  Was not expecting this too. Cover ... Yeah .... Gremlinish .....as a fan of the best wood hunter , very excited. Just don't want to see J C Vandame in it ( just kidding Jean Claude ....)
    And , who know , if it's good , ( it will be ) why not to consider a good prequel with Jim Hopper in it
    S Black just lost his cell phone ...... Don't call him.
    Can't wait for this comic book     Thomas brothers , I salute you
    Regards

    Hmm. Bringing up the Thomas Brothers, I would truly love to know their thoughts about this... good, bad or indifferent.

    I would love to know their thoughts on everything past Predator 2. The only time I really heard anything from them was their excellent audio commentary for Predator 2 and their very small appearance in the making of from the original film. Have they ever talked about any Predator related stuff anywhere beyond that?

    Maybe they could make a foreword for this comic.

    They both seemingly have become somewhat of a recluse in the public eye. Especially John.




    I think it's kinda surprising to do this without using Johnson's old design, but that was done for Predator as we knew it, not Hunter.

    So I'm going through the ol' Predator archives, and these early Hunter storyboards with Matheny / pre-Dutch that were up for sale back in the day at the Propstore of London still featured the original Predator old Boss Films design. That rat head. Even those legs. So it would appear that's the design they still should be going with here.

    https://i.ibb.co/YWH88ZH/IMG-20200220-131459.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/gtXbsGk/IMG-20200220-132719.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/BG5szVt/20200220-132904.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/vLWRPGd/20200220-132831.jpg

    https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/ckeditor_assets/pictures/2967/content_predator-original-design-3.jpg?1395801040
  14. Katanu
    Hi. Very interesting.  Was not expecting this too. Cover ... Yeah .... Gremlinish .....as a fan of the best wood hunter , very excited. Just don't want to see J C Vandame in it ( just kidding Jean Claude ....)
    And , who know , if it's good , ( it will be ) why not to consider a good prequel with Jim Hopper in it
    S Black just lost his cell phone ...... Don't call him.
    Can't wait for this comic book     Thomas brothers , I salute you
    Regards

    Hmm. Bringing up the Thomas Brothers, I would truly love to know their thoughts about this... good, bad or indifferent.

    I would love to know their thoughts on everything past Predator 2. The only time I really heard anything from them was their excellent audio commentary for Predator 2 and their very small appearance in the making of from the original film. Have they ever talked about any Predator related stuff anywhere beyond that?

    Maybe they could make a foreword for this comic.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    Hi. Very interesting.  Was not expecting this too. Cover ... Yeah .... Gremlinish .....as a fan of the best wood hunter , very excited. Just don't want to see J C Vandame in it ( just kidding Jean Claude ....)
    And , who know , if it's good , ( it will be ) why not to consider a good prequel with Jim Hopper in it
    S Black just lost his cell phone ...... Don't call him.
    Can't wait for this comic book     Thomas brothers , I salute you
    Regards

    Hmm. Bringing up the Thomas Brothers, I would truly love to know their thoughts about this... good, bad or indifferent.
  16. PVC
    Hi. Very interesting.  Was not expecting this too. Cover ... Yeah .... Gremlinish .....as a fan of the best wood hunter , very excited. Just don't want to see J C Vandame in it ( just kidding Jean Claude ....)
    And , who know , if it's good , ( it will be ) why not to consider a good prequel with Jim Hopper in it
    S Black just lost his cell phone ...... Don't call him.
    Can't wait for this comic book     Thomas brothers , I salute you
    Regards
  17. Enjoy
    The lead charector will  be Native American and have a lot of flash backs of his cultures manhood trials that end up helping him survive. If memorie serves. This is a cool idea.
  18. acrediblesource
    Honestly, if they really wanted my attention they would at least reveal who the cover artist is. Considering that the internal art is done by unseasoned artists. The front cover sold this news, but ultimately we will have to see how the internal art turns out.  :-
  19. Immortan Jonesy
    Is this going to include the idea of ​​an intergalactic hunting club? All that of a space bus with alien hunters of all races making a stop on Earth to leave the Predator  ???

    I can't remember if that was in Hunters or not. Gonna have to have a re-read later.

    Really? cos I dig the idea.

    Although I'm actively always researching to be strictly a complete Predator 2 historian rather than Predator, I do not believe the hunting party ever made it into a completed script draft. However, we should see the Predator's ship in the jungle this time though!  :)

    Thanks for answering. I wish it had ended in the script though  :laugh: 
  20. Voodoo Magic
    Is this going to include the idea of ​​an intergalactic hunting club? All that of a space bus with alien hunters of all races making a stop on Earth to leave the Predator  ???

    Although I'm actively always researching to be strictly a complete Predator 2 historian rather than Predator, I do not believe the hunting party ever made it into a completed script draft. However, we should see the Predator's ship in the jungle this time though!  :)



    Avp Thicker than Blood
    Predator Hunters III
    Predator Hunting Grounds
    Predator Stalking Shadows
    Predator The Original Screenplay

    Wow, what a stretch of months. We're just rolling in Predator content!
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