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.
Even though they didn't make it in the film, it was great fun to work on them. The Emissaries are the intellectual class of the Predator homeworld. They are NOT hunters and don't wear armor. They were supposed 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 new looking Predator design. I gave them a more domed forehead and a bony face. I also came up with the idea to bundle the dreadlocks, which gave the head an interesting shape. The black leather cape made it look more like a higher class citizen.
Upgrade Predator V01
The Upgrade was described as a 12 foot tall next gen Predator. He needed to look bigger, more cunning and more lethal than the other Predators. An important aspect was that he has human DNA, because as it turns out the Predators admire the human capacity for dealing death. In this early sketch I tried to make him look like a hybrid and gave him some human traits.
Upgrade Predator V03
The director 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 but which was still reminiscent of the original. I experimented with a few different versions and shapes.