From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. 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 boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.
Initially the Emissaries were supposed to be the intellectual class of the Predator’s home world. (They are not hunters and don't wear armor.) They had to be brainier, leaner of frame and less aggressive looking than the big Hunter/warrior Predators. I thought this was a great opportunity to come up with a different looking Predator design. I gave them a more domed forehead and a bony face. I also bundled the dreadlocks together, which gave the head the shape of a Xenomorph. The black leather cape made it look more like a higher class citizen.
Upgrade Predator V01
In the initial script, the Upgrade was a hybrid between human and Predator. (Because, as it turns out, the Predators admire the human capacity for dealing death.) I thought that was a great opportunity to design a new species that haven’t been seen in the movie series yet. Unfortunately, like the Emissaries, I had to stay close to the original Predator design. This was frustrating because I had many ideas in mind that I couldn’t explore. I personally felt it was a missed opportunity.
Upgrade Predator V03
The production felt that my first sketch was too far-fetched and wanted the Upgrade to look more like the original Predator from the first film, but with slightly altered traits. So the challenge was to come up with a new look that was still reminiscent of the original. I experimented with a few different versions and shapes.