The alien hunters we call Predators are a species known as Yautja. And though behind the scenes photos and reports have already confirmed the appearance of multiple Yautja in Shane Black’s impending reboot, it’s worth pondering who “The” Predator refers to in The Predator: Why is one Yautja being singled out from the rest of the pack?
Maybe because he’s a humongous beast, the likes of which we’ve never seen. In 2010’s Predators, we learned that there are several races of Yautja who differ in class and behavior; this included an 8-foot monstrosity that towered over lesser hunters. Will “The” Yautja of The Predator put this character to shame?
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Den of Geeks just released more information from their set visit, during which they grilled Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. about what we can expect in terms of creature design:
“We’re big fans of practical effects because we think the real stuff just looks the best,” Woodruff says. “That’s not to say there’s not a place for the digital as well, because there always is. So there are several Predator characters in this movie that are practical, as they should be in our opinion, and we think it’s what the fans want to see: a real Predator standing next to a person.”
There are little clues here and there, however, that not all the creature effects in The Predator will be practical. Later in the day, we see a sequence where a Predator goes flying backward through a window – likely the same school window we saw Holbrook slammed up against in an earlier scene. It’s a small yet near looking stunt: we see the shot from a low, three-quarter angle as the Predator crashes through the wooden window frame.
Once the camera operators have caught the take, a crew member rushes in with those mirrored ball things that visual effects use to add CG elements to the sequence in post-production. First, a mirrored ball is lowered in front of the camera, then a matt one, then a third one textured after the Predator’s skin: that pale, mottled grey with an amphibious, sticky sheen. Finally, a prop arm is lowered into view; it’s unmistakably a Predator’s arm, but huge even by the alien hunter’s standards. Could it be that The Predator of the title isn’t a guy in a suit like the others, but a much bigger one brought to life with CGI? The occasional mention of a “10-foot mutha” certainly suggests that he will be.
This certainly suggests that the titular Predator will be something truly out of this world!
Official Synopsis: From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
The Predator’s sizable ensemble cast includes Thomas Jane, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Augusto Aguilera (and not Arnold Schwarzenegger *wink*wink*). Look for it in US Theaters beginning September 14th.