Steve Wang has worked for ADI sculpting on both Alien Resurrection and AVPR. Same thing could be happening here. When people want one FX studio over another, I don't think they really realize how many artists are work for hire and take up jobs rotating between studios. I get the argument that management makes a significant difference, but as we've also seen the director and the producers have made decisions that ADI have disagreed with. An artist team is entirely different on different projects, even with the same studio.
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In all seriousness though I think there's a wrinkle here. If my recollection is correct, Wang was a freelancer hired by ADI for AvP Requiem. But a few years later, Steve Wang created his own studio (Onyx Forge Studios) that is now a competitor to ADI, bidding on the same jobs, etc. So like with The Predator, where ADI had creature duties, but an entirely different studio had armor & bio-mask duties... I believe it could possibly turn into a similar situation here.
But yeah, ADI doesn’t have the revenue to maintain talent on the payroll as permanent employees so they hire freelancers per job. We saw them advertising for workers recently, which tipped us that this probably for Skulls: