Arrival's Alternate Alien Concept Designs

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Arrival, the science fiction film starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner, turned out to be one of the most incredible films of the year. It has a powerful story with some unexpected twists. You can read our full review here. The film features a couple of alien characters who try to reach out to humans to help teach them their language. Now, we got some additional concept art by Peter Konig, giving us alternate alien designs that look wild. Check them out:

Here's what Konig told Cinemablend about working with the film:

"For the creatures, when they brought me on, they were in a stage where (Denis) Villeneuve just wanted ideas, lots of ideas. He didn't want to stick to the short story or the script in terms of what they should look like. He wanted variety, and to just try stuff. He sent me photo (references) of stuff he liked, real things he thought had elements that he thought were important – pictures of cuttle fish, squids, microscopic organisms, stuff like that. He also like horses eyes for their very soft and thoughtful qualities and because although they looked familiar they had this other quality of being slightly "other" and alien. They had a sympathetic look, but were a little spooky. He also wanted to try designs that had no back and no front, confusing to look at, yet still with an intelligent feel. I started with quick pencil sketches, which didn't go anywhere. When I started kitbashing in Zbrush, I hit upon that purplish one with the tentacles and he really responded to that one and seemed really excited about it. I kinda thought that that was the one that would end up in the movie, but a lot of time went by and things changed."