Neville Page, creature and character designer for Star Trek XI, had his first challenge when the original desert planet became an ice planet instead.
As reported by TrekWeb, according to Page, the creature had to be changed. “J.J. originally brought me on board to do the main creature that would chase Kirk,” he said. “It was a desert planet and consequently, something more of a desert creature. For reasons unknown to me, it was switched to an ice planet. Obviously, any designs I had on this beast before were of no use.