Shane Black’s The Predator is set to get a DVD, Blu-ray and 4K release later this month. Ahead of the film’s home release, new concept art for The Predator has popped up online revealing the monstrous Ultimate Predator.
The latest concept art comes courtesy of artist Ken Barthelmey who has posted an unused design that he created for the Ultimate Predator during the pre-production stage. It shows the hulking monster with more human looking features. Notably, director Shane Black decided not to use this design for the monstrous villain. In the movie, the Ultimate Predator is a massive beast pumped up with the DNA of other species including human beings which made it bulletproof and nigh-on unstoppable.
“An important aspect was that he has human DNA. In this early sketch I tried to make him look like a hybrid, and gave him more human looking traits,” Barthelmey noted.
You can check out the concept art below.
Unfortunately, the film failed to connect with audiences and proved to be a box-office disappointment. The film reportedly underwent a lot of reshoots and re-edits prior to release, with the original third act being completely scrapped.
As part of the edits, two additional Predator characters dubbed The Emissaries and an entire battle sequence against Predator hybrid creatures were removed. The movie’s failure can partly be blamed on the major restructuring of the third act. The film’s ending was also not in line with the rest of the movie as it introduced a Predator killer suit gifted to humanity. The suit in question, which was a late addition to the film, was meant to pave way for a sequel.
Last week, VFX artist Jon K. Miller posted some behind the scenes images of a breathing apparatus that was meant to be used for an alternate ending for The Predator.
Source: Ken Barthelmey
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