The original Predator design was awesome. A mean-looking alien complete with sci-fi gadgets and those weird appendages hanging from the head giving it a unique and memorable look. For the sequel, the monster was more urban to fit with the new environment of the film, and although it wasn’t really met with great success, it was decent. Then along came Alien vs. Predator and screwed up the design (as well as both of the franchises some would argue), over-gadgeting the monster, reshaping its head and making its appendages look like dreadlocks. AvP Requiem sort of fixed it, but the design was still below that of the original.
What AvP Requiem tried to fix but failed, hopefully Robert Rodriguez and his team will be able to correct in their continuation of the franchise, Predators. Effects guy Howard Berger has told Moviehole that his team has now finished the design for the new Predator on paper, and it looks awesome. He is assured that it’ll be a fan pleaser.
“We wanted to have the Predator look as it did in the original film. We went back and looked at the original. I actually worked in the shop with Stan Winston [who designed the original Predator] on the first film. It was great to be able to go back to the series having not been involved in any of the sequels, and it was also great to be able to make sure we built them as Stan Winston did.”
So we got a man who both has experience with the franchise and a long-term working relationship with the creature creator. I’m satisfied, what about you? Do you have confidence in Berger and his team creating an awesome look for Predators, or is a new look even necessary?