New photos from The Predator offer a close up look at the deleted Emissary Predators from the first cut of the film. By now it’s no secret that Shane Black’s The Predator went through something of a troubled production. The movie was delayed multiple times and the third act was completely reshot following test screenings that left viewers confused about the movie’s tone. There was also a fan backlash against certain elements found in a leaked draft of the script.
The original third act of The Predator found the main characters teaming up with two Emissary Predators, who defected to Earth a year previously to warn of a future invasion by members of their clan. This would have led to a major action sequence where the characters fight off hybrid creatures like a Spider Predator, which the Upgrade Predator unleashes from a pod on a crashed alien ship. This entire strand was cut and despite Black stating the only thing that changed was taking the finale from daytime to night, it's clear the new third act bears little resemblance to the original battle.
More details about the original third act of The Predator have started to come out following the movie’s release, and now actor Kyle Strauts has posted some set photos to Instagram from his time playing one of the deleted Emissary Predators. The pictures also offer a closer look at the military gear both of the creatures were decked out in. More photos are available on Strauts profile.
While it would be very interesting to see the original finale of The Predator made available on home releases, this feels unlikely for a number of reasons. The first is that Black himself has stated an alternate cut probably won’t happen since the effects weren’t completed. There’s also the underwhelming critical and financial response to the movie, meaning demand to see the original version won’t be high.
While The Predator ends with a clear tease for another sequel, it seems unlikely the movie will receive a direct follow-up. The final cut of the movie has a lot of strengths like a great cast and Black’s trademark snappy banter, but sloppy editing and some strange storytelling choices spoil some of the fun. The series will probably take another hiatus before coming back, which is a disappointing outcome for fans who’ve waited so long for the series to return.
Source: Kyle Strauts