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New Predator Film “Skulls” to be Distributed Through Hulu, According to Thomas Bros. Legal Counsel

While there was no impactful progress made today in the legal battle for the U.S. Copyright of Predator, there was an interesting tidbit divulged in court this morning in regards to the distribution of the upcoming 20th Century Studios film currently in production titled “Skulls”.

Fans have been wondering since learning of the Patrick Aison penned film if the fifth installment of the Predator franchise would be released traditionally in theaters like the four films before it, or possibly released through a streaming platform.

Well according to the Thomas Brothers lawyer Marc Toberoff, while arguing his case should stay in the Northern district, he revealed today that the Dan Trachtenberg directed movie “is going to be distributed by Hulu”.

 New Predator Film "Skulls" to be Distributed Through Hulu, According to Thomas Bros. Legal Counsel

Launched in 2007, Hulu is a subscription based streaming platform based in the United States in the vein of Netflix, that offers on-demand television series and film programming. Owned primarily by the Walt Disney Company, Hulu can be obtained through various basic to premium packages, one of the more robust combined with Disney+ and ESPN+.

How “Skulls” would be distributed internationally was not divulged, but it appears (at least in the U.S.) that with the new Alien television series currently in development for the same streaming platform, if Marc Toberoff stands correct and it’s not distributed theatrically through 20th Century Studios as well, Hulu will become the primo destination for new Predator and Alien content.

Please note: Alien vs. Predator Galaxy has not been able to independently confirm that a theatrical release is out of the question or a potential hybrid release between the two formats won’t occur.

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  1. SuperiorIronman
    ^
    It's a shame that Ian hasn't been invited back to perform. I read that he had schedule conflicts maybe?...

    Or maybe the filmmakers just didn't want him?

    No idea why they didn't get him for Predators (you'd have thought he'd be an obvious cast for Mr.Black given the size difference in Predators) though he might've been busy on Game of Thrones when The Predator was starting production. According to IMDB he might've been occupied for both films. In this case I strongly suspect Kyle Strauts was available and ADI still had his molds and being on the clock might've been an easier get.
  2. Voodoo Magic
    If it is sold as a collector's item versus something edible, I at least believe it's permitted? But against the eBay seller guidelines or not, you can find limited edition sealed cereal boxes, sealed coke cans & bottles, etc. sold on ebay right now.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    What a great observation CB. I would have never thought of it myself but it rings so true.

    Even the Skulls film crew did a better job with the cookies. 🤪

     :laugh:

    I must confess I looked for these on ebay. I was hoping someone on the lower end of the crew might feel enterprising or be on a diet and sell theirs. But no such luck!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/IMG_20210527_161552.jpg
  4. [cancerblack]
    ^
    It's a shame that Ian hasn't been invited back to perform. I read that he had schedule conflicts maybe?...

    Or maybe the filmmakers just didn't want him?

    I would love to have Ian back, just for his over 7 foot tall height alone!

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    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.
    That can be explained by needing to accommodate a much wider range of motion, though. If the mandibles weren't designed to open ridiculously wide, there'd be no need for the excess skin.

    Yeah, it doesn't seem to open as large as Wolf could...

    https://i.ibb.co/YTvDNtC/IMG-20210508-072404.jpg

    But Fugitive can open really wide.

    https://i.ibb.co/DpqPJ4y/ac7f5162b52de69b504f532c815ac10f.gif



    Fugitives mouth always reminds me of when I was 7 or 8 and couldn't quite draw Predators properly yet.
  5. Voodoo Magic
    ^
    It's a shame that Ian hasn't been invited back to perform. I read that he had schedule conflicts maybe?...

    Or maybe the filmmakers just didn't want him?

    I would love to have Ian back, just for his over 7 foot tall height alone!

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    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.
    That can be explained by needing to accommodate a much wider range of motion, though. If the mandibles weren't designed to open ridiculously wide, there'd be no need for the excess skin.

    Yeah, it doesn't seem to open as large as Wolf could...

    https://i.ibb.co/YTvDNtC/IMG-20210508-072404.jpg

    But Fugitive can open really wide.

    https://i.ibb.co/DpqPJ4y/ac7f5162b52de69b504f532c815ac10f.gif
  6. SiL
    Quote
    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.
    That can be explained by needing to accommodate a much wider range of motion, though. If the mandibles weren't designed to open ridiculously wide, there'd be no need for the excess skin.
  7. Voodoo Magic
    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.
    Performance all around definitely helps! I always thought the mandibles on City Hunter looked the coolest, but were the most choppy and stuttery in performance.

    But camera work can elevate it all, along with the light, and personally I think those are all poorly composed and lit shots in the examples. Better lens focal lengths and angles can trick the eye into not noticing these things. But here, we have boring, static angles in very soft, almost beauty light. Scar is supposed to be outside, in the foggy moonlight. And yet, he looks like he's lit for a bright and pretty beauty photo. Fugitive is just lit... Ew... So soft and bland, which is a shame because Larry Fong is a great cinematographer, but The Predator was just butt ugly to look at in general. Wolf in that shot doesn't look too bad compared to the other two you posted, to be honest. It doesn't help that the example is a screen recording of a television though. But AvPR had poor light, along with the poor transfer after release. You can light things in shadow, without it being too dark.

    That's fair. Lighting can definitely improve each of these situations.👍

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    But even in some decent light... Those folds can still be there, and on Stan's work too!

    https://i.imgur.com/TK6JdXn.png

    Oh without a doubt. Especially with pausing, there has always been a slight roll or fold in both Jungle Hunter & City Hunter to find. Even in the shots we love to post...

    https://i.ibb.co/xjfhWjd/tumblr-nl7pj5-D1n-C1u1vwpho2-500-1.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/kqpQkWZ/tumblr-or8kgl-RR9l1rp0vkjo1-500.gif

    But we're really talking apple seeds to watermelons here. And none of the Winston skin fold in opposite directions, or become loops, creating holes that can be filled with cannoli cream!  :D (I think I have my new gif idea!)

    Performance is definitely part of the recipe, and puppeteer work, but ADI's poor execution in certain areas are definitely in play here too and definitely deserves to be on the discussion table.

    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.

    https://i.ibb.co/nj4HpJ2/20210414-102511-1-1-1.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/hy7JxHF/20210318-195010.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/4gG9CYV/20210321-102513-1-4.gif



    But admittedly, I'd still take this obvious animatronic over every other obvious animatronic since.

    Me too. 100%

    Wolf is the best of the bunch IMO. The broken tusk and scarring probably helps.

    I really like that extended Wolf arrival scene when he takes his mask off in the ship. A rare moment in the film where the lighting suits the scene.

    Yes, agreed. Definitely. Wolf looking good straight on, not so much, but he definitely looks the best from the side angle. But when he's masked, I love him (an Ian's performance inside him.) 👏
  8. goose_3387
    Performance is definitely part of the recipe, and puppeteer work, but ADI's poor execution in certain areas are definitely in play here too and definitely deserves to be on the discussion table.

    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.

    https://i.ibb.co/nj4HpJ2/20210414-102511-1-1-1.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/hy7JxHF/20210318-195010.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/4gG9CYV/20210321-102513-1-4.gif



    But admittedly, I'd still take this obvious animatronic over every other obvious animatronic since.

    Me too. 100%

    Wolf is the best of the bunch IMO. The broken tusk and scarring probably helps.

    I really like that extended Wolf arrival scene when he takes his mask off in the ship. A rare moment in the film where the lighting suits the scene.
  9. Mikey
    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.
    Performance all around definitely helps! I always thought the mandibles on City Hunter looked the coolest, but were the most choppy and stuttery in performance.

    But camera work can elevate it all, along with the light, and personally I think those are all poorly composed and lit shots in the examples. Better lens focal lengths and angles can trick the eye into not noticing these things. But here, we have boring, static angles in very soft, almost beauty light. Scar is supposed to be outside, in the foggy moonlight. And yet, he looks like he's lit for a bright and pretty beauty photo. Fugitive is just lit... Ew... So soft and bland, which is a shame because Larry Fong is a great cinematographer, but The Predator was just butt ugly to look at in general. Wolf in that shot doesn't look too bad compared to the other two you posted, to be honest. It doesn't help that the example is a screen recording of a television though. But AvPR had poor light, along with the poor transfer after release. You can light things in shadow, without it being too dark.

    But even in some decent light... Those folds can still be there, and on Stan's work too!

    https://i.imgur.com/TK6JdXn.png
  10. Voodoo Magic
    Performance is definitely part of the recipe, and puppeteer work, but ADI's poor execution in certain areas are definitely in play here too and definitely deserves to be on the discussion table.

    When you have odd folds, rolls and skin pockets not on the maquette but on your final product, the problem can't be dismissed solely to improper lighting.

    https://i.ibb.co/nj4HpJ2/20210414-102511-1-1-1.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/hy7JxHF/20210318-195010.gif

    https://i.ibb.co/4gG9CYV/20210321-102513-1-4.gif



    But admittedly, I'd still take this obvious animatronic over every other obvious animatronic since.

    Me too. 100%
  11. Mikey
    The same people would still be complaining, but it'd certainly take the edge off things like the skin folds.

    Yeah, you’re probably right. I’m even of the equal belief that if ADI makes the best Predator of all time (I know, not likely), the same people would be bitching about something else.

    Still though, the original KPH Predator is the only on screen Pred that makes me believe it really could be a real life alien and not a guy in a suit. In fact I still don't believe it's a guy in a suit, that Pred is real in my eyes. 😬😅

    Completely agree there as well. All the Predators haven’t moved as well since we lost KPH. Proof that he’s a legend. Those who followed him have done great and fantastic work though, but no one has yet to hit his level.
  12. goose_3387


    20 seconds in when the mask comes off. Left temple, right of frame. Few times throughout as well but that's the first time it shows up.

    I'm not entirely sure it's intentional - it could well be a side effect of the mandible control - but God it works.

    The irony of it being unintentional but being better than the intentional work of others - if that makes sense. 😅
  13. SiL


    20 seconds in when the mask comes off. Left temple, right of frame. Few times throughout as well but that's the first time it shows up.

    I'm not entirely sure it's intentional - it could well be a side effect of the mandible control - but God it works.
  14. SiL
    Which is, ironically, why I think it sells it. It's organic motion that doesn't actually do anything. Serves no apparent purpose, it's just a byproduct of some biological function. Easy to miss.
  15. SiL
    I'm with you there. Even City Hunter doesn't look as good when the mask comes off.

    If that throbbing temple of jungle Hunter's that sells it, I'm telling you.
  16. goose_3387
    I strongly stand by the opinion if the ADI Predator faces were lit and shot better, most wouldn't even complain. They haven't photographed a Predator too well since Predator 2. Camera work matters, and it doesn't do ADI favors because having seen the actual pieces in real life with my own eyes, they look fantastic.

    Yes, there can be improvements in the design, always, but it's usually time that doesn't allow. Even on the Winston Predators, but you don't see as many flaws there because of how well they are shot. But if you look carefully, you'll notice them. I only stand by this, probably because of the camera and light work I do, and know that the correct light can make anything look amazing. If I can make a toy look like it's shot from a movie, I know a properly lit and shot ADI Predator can blow us all away.

    I've been unimpressed with the camera work since P2 and hope that changes with Skulls. And I can't wait to see what ADI makes and hope they knock it out of the park.

    Good points about the camera work.

    Still though, the original KPH Predator is the only on screen Pred that makes me believe it really could be a real life alien and not a guy in a suit. In fact I still don't believe it's a guy in a suit, that Pred is real in my eyes. 😬😅
  17. BlueMarsalis79
    Actually I did neither, I'm just not interested in misinterpretations of my words leading to arguments, if someone's going to take issue with what I say I'd rather indeed it actually be what I say not how I say it.
  18. BlueMarsalis79
    Yes I believe the taste of people who hold such views sucks, almost always think they don't know what they're talking about, like someone who thinks interpolating animation to be 60FPS with A.I looks genuinely better.

    It's just absurd to me but...

    I realise my opinion's not the only one that matters, hence me pointing out other instances of thinking people crazy when it comes to good design, on the prior page.

    Obviously by that admittance I know people can like different things, yet you felt the need to point that out anyway, and in that respect I will take pretention over condescension anyday.
  19. Mikey
    I strongly stand by the opinion if the ADI Predator faces were lit and shot better, most wouldn't even complain. They haven't photographed a Predator too well since Predator 2. Camera work matters, and it doesn't do ADI favors because having seen the actual pieces in real life with my own eyes, they look fantastic.

    Yes, there can be improvements in the design, always, but it's usually time that doesn't allow. Even on the Winston Predators, but you don't see as many flaws there because of how well they are shot. But if you look carefully, you'll notice them. I only stand by this, probably because of the camera and light work I do, and know that the correct light can make anything look amazing. If I can make a toy look like it's shot from a movie, I know a properly lit and shot ADI Predator can blow us all away.

    I've been unimpressed with the camera work since P2 and hope that changes with Skulls. And I can't wait to see what ADI makes and hope they knock it out of the park.
  20. Enjoy
    I see it as a sign of respect to stan to get the look right. Seems like it could be discussed respectfully. And as artist's  I would think it would be maddening to put out something so fixable. Even done in post production.
  21. Galactus123
    What's that saying? The definition of insanity is keep doing the same thing but expecting a different result?

    If I had to guess, I would put ADI's constant involvement on Producer John Davis because I assume they're familiar and cheap. And John either hasn't heard fan complaints yet, or he is just dismissing them. That's my guess at least.

    But the buck definitely stops with Tom and Alec. I don't know how they stop during the production of these heads and say, woah, woah, this isn't right. We have to fix this! Especially the Fugitive's pockets of skin.

    https://i.ibb.co/HGpX39K/IMG-20210613-141725.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/j6S0hDv/IMG-20210613-141515.jpg

    One day someone has to definitely ask them a few serious questions on the issue, but respectfully. Alec, Tom, so these awkward folds, these rolls, these strange pockets. You couldn't have been happy with them right? Theyre not on the maquette. What went wrong you think? What's causing this?

    If they don't even acknowledge something went awry at that point, then, woah...

    I think its very possible that they haven't heard the complaints. Also directors might think that those faces look good without comparing them to the first two Predator movies.
  22. SiL
    Or they might disagree it's a problem.

    It's shocking, I know. But maybe fans not liking something doesn't actually mean everyone else thinks the same thing?

    They may well hate it, but the attitude that what we think is the only right way to look at it and anything else is wrong or delusional is kind of obnoxious and tiring.
  23. BigDaddyJohn
    What's that saying? The definition of insanity is keep doing the same thing but expecting a different result?

    If I had to guess, I would put ADI's constant involvement on Producer John Davis because I assume they're familiar and cheap. And John either hasn't heard fan complaints yet, or he is just dismissing them. That's my guess at least.

    But the buck definitely stops with Tom and Alec. I don't know how they stop during the production of these heads and say, woah, woah, this isn't right. We have to fix this! Especially the Fugitive's pockets of skin.

    https://i.ibb.co/HGpX39K/IMG-20210613-141725.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/j6S0hDv/IMG-20210613-141515.jpg

    One day someone has to definitely ask them a few serious questions on the issue, but respectfully. Alec, Tom, so these awkward folds, these rolls, these strange pockets. You couldn't have been happy with them right? Theyre not on the maquette. What went wrong you think? What's causing this?

    If they don't even acknowledge something went awry at that point, then, woah...

    I think pride is a factor in all of this. Their pride that can prevent them to admit what we all know is wrong if adressed in an interview.
  24. goose_3387
    What's that saying? The definition of insanity is keep doing the same thing but expecting a different result?

    If I had to guess, I would put ADI's constant involvement on Producer John Davis because I assume they're familiar and cheap. And John either hasn't heard fan complaints yet, or he is just dismissing them. That's my guess at least.

    But the buck definitely stops with Tom and Alec. I don't know how they stop during the production of these heads and say, woah, woah, this isn't right. We have to fix this! Especially the Fugitive's pockets of skin.

    https://i.ibb.co/HGpX39K/IMG-20210613-141725.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/j6S0hDv/IMG-20210613-141515.jpg

    One day someone has to definitely ask them a few serious questions on the issue, but respectfully. Alec, Tom, so these awkward folds, these rolls, these strange pockets. You couldn't have been happy with them right? Theyre not on the maquette. What went wrong you think? What's causing this?

    If they don't even acknowledge something went awry at that point, then, woah...

    This just made me more angry about it. 😅
  25. Voodoo Magic
    What's that saying? The definition of insanity is keep doing the same thing but expecting a different result?

    If I had to guess, I would put ADI's constant involvement on Producer John Davis because I assume they're familiar and cheap. And John either hasn't heard fan complaints yet, or he is just dismissing them. That's my guess at least.

    But the buck definitely stops with Tom and Alec. I don't know how they stop during the production of these heads and say, woah, woah, this isn't right. We have to fix this! Especially the Fugitive's pockets of skin.

    https://i.ibb.co/HGpX39K/IMG-20210613-141725.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/j6S0hDv/IMG-20210613-141515.jpg

    One day someone has to definitely ask them a few serious questions on the issue, but respectfully. Alec, Tom, so these awkward folds, these rolls, these strange pockets. You couldn't have been happy with them right? Theyre not on the maquette. What went wrong you think? What's causing this?

    If they don't even acknowledge something went awry at that point, then, woah...
  26. SuperiorIronman
    Legacy might've been occupied given they're involvement with Disney and no less than three Star Wars productions going on along with Marvel offerings. They also have pretty bad looking aliens and slap unnecessary CGI on them and the droids as if the work couldn't speak for itself.

    We also may go on about crabs here but I sincerely hope they weren't the ones to assemble the scout trooper because for two seasons that thing's been f**ked up.
  27. Gilfryd
    The news of a streaming release, ADI's involvement, the potential story and setting which may or not work is giving me worrying vibes.

    Not sure what the budget is but I just hope it doesn't look like a made for TV film with a cheap looking Predator in it.

    Trachtenberg gives me hope (10 Cloverfield Lane was solid) and I like the idea of the story (a period setting is long overdue). Streaming release is a bummer but if it allows the film to be more of its own thing without the worries that go into a theatrical release I'm fine with that.

    They need to give ADI a rest though. They know Legacy Effects exists right?
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