The Predator’s Most Famous Feature Came From The Mind Of James Cameron

Now that we have a whole new installment to “The Predator” franchise coming out, it’ll be interesting to see how much the creature’s appearance will change. In the upcoming “Prey,” viewers will be taken back roughly 300 or so years back in time in Earth’s history. From an evolutionary standpoint, especially when it comes to the Yautja, there’s some wiggle room for the special effects and costumes team to play around. Indeed, director Dan Trachtenberg told Time Out that he used the time setting as an opportunity to change up the Predator’s look:

“I wanted [the Predator] to be scarier than we’ve seen it before. It’s intelligent and it has advanced technology, and that makes it even more difficult to take on. But because the movie is set 300 years in the past, those things need to feel a little bit older than we’ve seen before.”

One thing that isn’t likely to change too much, though, is their general physiology. The height, the mandibles, the hair appendages; those distinctive physical traits being removed in any fashion might cause riots from fans. While the Predator was mostly cloaking in the last “Prey” trailer, there was a brief moment where we got to see its physical form. The familiar dreadlocks are back, though in a sleeker fashion this go-round. As Trachtenberg explained, “I wanted to make sure the head was more proportional to the body … This Predator is much slimmer and less armored than it’s ever been.”

While not shown, one thing is for certain: Those species-defining mandibles will be back to terrify us once again. And, as we now know, it’s all thanks to James Cameron, the man who continuously finds his way — accidentally or otherwise — towards all things alien in Hollywood. 

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