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Vincenzo Natali Talks His Predators Pitch!

5 years ago Vincenzo Natali, the writer and director of Cube and Splice (among plenty other work), revealed that he had a pitch for Predators. Vincenzo shared some artwork that Amro Attia and Dan Milligan had created for his pitch, but didn’t go into much detail about the project.

Vincenzo recently appeared on the Best Movies Never Made podcast with hosts Stephen Scarlata (producer of Jodorowsky’s Dune) and Josh Miller (writer of Sonic The Hedgehog) to talk about his never-made adaptation of High Rise and the hosts asked about Vincenzo’s pitch for Predator 3!

Well Predator…that was right after Splice. And so I think people were interested in anything that had a creature in it, like I was on a list. And Predators, which I guess famously began as a script that Robert Rodrigquez had written many years before and was resurrected at Fox…When I was called into pitch, they basically said “we’re not using that.” There was nothing. There was no script. There was only the notion that this was going to take place on a Predator planet, or another planet. And there was kind of – I think there was a Dangerous Game aspect to it with humans being hunted by Predators.

And that was literally all that was being presented to me and I just had to go in, and I met with Robert Rodriquez and some executives – separately – and I just did a whole bunch of drawings. I just did drawings.  It was actually a really fun project to pitch on because there was nothing…I could just let my imagination go wild. Like whatever crazy Predator image was conjured into my feeble mind I could immediately draw it and present it to them and I wasn’t having to adhere to anything they were doing.

Vincenzo also seems to have shared some different Predators artwork with the podcast that you can now see below!

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the earlier concept art that Vincenzo shared! If you’re interested in learning more about Vincenzo’s experience with High Rise, be sure to head on over to Best Movies Never Made and give their latest episode a listen!

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Comments: 19
  1. DarthWall275
    Yeah.... For all its flaws, I'm glad we got the version we did instead of this.

    That giant stone predator head probably tops the AVP movie in terms of ridiculous architecture... It's so cheesy and overblown that it looks more like a Mortal Kombat stage than an actual location in the Predator universe.
  2. PredBabe
    Yeah, I wanted to see them utilize more of the alien locations, like the drilling plant. Have the characters make use of their surrounding and alien locations, like integrating a drill rig or some type of alien machinery during a shootout/chase to aid in injuring or killing one of the Super Preds. It’s something they could still do for a sequel.
    I don’t mind the “super predator” angle and Predators did make it sound like they were simply a larger breed/different tribe of the Predator species, which I prefer over the DNA splicing. But I think they failed at making them look larger and more menacing.

    On the note of Super Preds and different species, I’d still like to see a proper rendition of Bad Blood Predators. I like the idea of a futuristic city setting, similar to that of Concrete Jungle’s, and have a detective caught amidst a crime riddled city and 2 rogue, feuding preds. Throw the stolen Predator technology into the mix and it could make for some fun storytelling. But I think The Predator has tainted the chances for a Predator story like that to come to fruition any time soon... hell, it may have soiled the entire franchise.
  3. Master
    Yeah, that too. It was also designed that way, for the big surprise - IT'S NOT OUR PLANET! WE'RE GONA NEED A NEW PLAN! -  After that we did get some alien vibes, like drilling plant.

    In the sequel they could do more with setting from the start because there is no surprise to make any more. The more I think about it, the more I like this idea. Royce who lived on Preserve Planet for few years could give as more info about Predator species and blood feud that is going on out there. Something Ronald Noland was hinted to give us but finally failed to deliver.

    If they bring back the super predators I will personally tank the franchise single handedly out of spite. I swear it.

    It all depends on execution. Super Predators weren't that good because they had less screen time than Preds from first two movies and because they  acted more like hillbillies from Wrong Turn then the hunters we used to know and love.
  4. PredBabe
    At this point it would be wise to reconsider going back to game preserve planet and make Predators 2. Film is not very old and received far better then The Predator. Don't know about this director. He might have been good. It's not like I have any expectations at this point.

    I have to agree that this would be the way to go if they do anything more with the Predator franchise.

    Whether they use the same planet or a different one, I hope it looks and feels more alien the next time around. That was one of my main gripes with Predators. It played things too safe.

    In retrospect now, it’s a fantastic sequel especially in comparison to The Predator.
  5. Master
    At this point it would be wise to reconsider going back to game preserve planet and make Predators 2. Film is not very old and received far better then The Predator. Don't know about this director. He might have been good. It's not like I have any expectations at this point.
  6. PVC
    Hi. Few years ago , I posted a comment on this site.  Talking about this guy. Vincenzo. Cube is great , splice is great too. He is the guy we need for the next predator. And please forget the last one ... The Predacrap
    Natali is a great director   His world is what we need his mind too    This guy can do something on both alien and predator
    He is a talented interesting director.   There's not a bunch of directors on the market , able to work on these franchise. Come on Vincenzo   Thinks about it. We want a brand new movie  alien and predator
    If you work on it ... For sure it will be good.  You are a true director. And forza italia
  7. Corporal Hicks
    https://i.imgur.com/ERklqO6.jpg

    Vincenzo recently appeared on Best Movies Never Made to talk about his work on High Rise, but he was also asked about his Predators pitch.

    Quote
        Well Predator…that was right after Splice. And so I think people were interested in anything that had a creature in it, like I was on a list. And Predators, which I guess famously began as a script that Robert Rodrigquez had written many years before and was resurrected at Fox…When I was called into pitch, they basically said “we’re not using that.” There was nothing. There was no script. There was only the notion that this was going to take place on a Predator planet, or another planet. And there was kind of – I think there was a Dangerous Game aspect to it with humans being hunted by Predators.

        And that was literally all that was being presented to me and I just had to go in, and I met with Robert Rodriquez and some executives – separately – and I just did a whole bunch of drawings. I just did drawings.  It was actually a really fun project to pitch on because there was nothing…I could just let my imagination go wild. Like whatever crazy Predator image was conjured into my feeble mind I could immediately draw it and present it to them and I wasn’t having to adhere to anything they were doing.

    And the podcast also shared some different artwork that was done for it.


    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vincenzo-natalis-high-rise-part-2/id1450737048?i=1000484584065
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