Shane Black's addition to the Predator franchise may not have made a ton of money at the box office or scored big with critics, but it did offer a few new things to the cinematic mythos. One involved the Predators collecting DNA from the most dangerous species in the universe in order to improve themselves, while another was the use of Predator-inspired hunting dogs.
As revealed by concept artist Constantine Sekeris, the sci-fi film nearly featured more Predator-animal hybrids. Posting his art on Instagram, Sekeris wrote that he was tasked with coming up with a monkey-like creature that went unused in the finished product.
"Here is a Predator multi-limb monkey creature," reads the post. "Production designer Martin Whist and Shane Black had notes exactly that of a multi-limb hybrid monkey Predator creature...typically, I spend some time exploring in sketch phase if I have the time with simplee paper and pencil. For this creature, I had to jump right into 3D and blast something pretty quickly in a night or 2 after hours...[in an] early [draft] of the script, there were a lot of different hybrids that Tully Summers and myself tackled."
While Sekeris wasn't 100% certain where the hybrids would appear, the Predator-monkey was supposed to be only one of several hybrids. In his Instagram post, he surmised that they may have appeared on the bigger Predator's ship.
"I’m not sure if [they] were in the ship in the pods or the Predator Scientists/Emmisaries were experimenting with different animals and mixing DNA," he continued. "I think there were some initial quick ideas and [they] wanted to see some quick options to explore if it was something to refine later. In the end, all that was cut out of the final edit of the film. Regardless, was still fun tackling this as an exercise. Looking at it now with fresh eyes, I would make the skin texture patterning a lot simpler and graphic."