The Predator franchise has continued with at least one new movie every decade or so, but the vast majority of fans would probably agree that the first picture, which was released in 1987 and starred everyone’s favorite Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger, is by far the most successful installment.
Both Predator 2 and Predators were entertaining enough, but both of the Alien vs. Predator pictures were nothing more than cheesy attempts at appeasing fans rather than serious attempts at filmmaking. In addition, The Predator, which was released in 2018, was regarded as something of a failure by both fans and critics.
The film’s convoluted narrative gave the impression that it was attempting to be a superhero movie, rather than a horror-action movie like the first one. It seems that it would be fair to claim that no following picture has been able to recreate the suspense and entertainment value of the original film, despite the fact that the quality of these subsequent films varies quite a little.
It is possible that “Original” is the word that the series needs to hear, and it appears that the franchise is finally going to be graced with a breath of new air in the form of the brilliantly titled movie Prey.
The new movie is being marketed as a prequel, which means that its events will take place a significant amount of time before those of the first film. It will recount the narrative of the very first member of the Predator species to ever visit Earth. Because of the wishes of the film’s director, Dan Trachtenberg, the production has been kept under wraps; nonetheless, details about the movie have been slowly but surely making their way into the media.
In light of this, here is everything that we know about the film Prey.
When and where will Prey be available?
On August 5, 2022, the first hunt will begin officially, and it will also be the first time in the history of the franchise that a feature film will be made available solely through streaming services.
Even though Disney is the new owner of the Predator franchise, it seems unlikely that the human skinning and skull removal will be included on the family-oriented streaming service that Disney+ will offer. Therefore, Prey will be moving to Hulu, which is a streaming service geared more at adults and is owned by Disney and Fox.
When is Prey going to be shown in theaters?
There are currently no plans to launch Prey in theaters, so don’t get your hopes up. Prey has been given the formal designation of being a “Hulu Original,” despite the fact that 20th Century Studios is the company that is producing the film. This indicates that the movie will be made available solely through the Hulu streaming service; a release in traditional movie theaters is now extremely doubtful.
What will happen in Prey?
In Prey, the Predator intellectual property is relocated to a whole different era, three hundred years in the past to be exact, which is a significant amount of time before the events of the first movie.
To be more explicit, the story takes set in pre-colonial America, and it follows a young Comanche hunter by the name of Naru as she searches for the identity of a strange peril that is threatening her people. Unbeknownst to Naru, the threat is an extraterrestrial being known as a Yautja that is both highly intelligent and technologically advanced. These beings are more commonly referred to as Predators by the general public. These beings hunt the most deadly creatures in the galaxy for sport.
This has also been confirmed as the first time the famous species has made planet Earth their own hunting area by the film’s producer, John Davis. This occurred about three centuries before one such Predator tangled with a misfit troop of soldiers in Central America.
Who Is Making Prey?
Despite a recent disagreement between the screenwriters of the first Predator picture and Walt Disney, which is now the parent corporation of 20th Century Fox, the production powerhouse that was formerly known as Fox is still the firm that is responsible for Prey (and yes, the idea that Mickey Mouse now owns Predator will never stop being weird).
Dan Trachtenberg, who is most known for his work on the highly acclaimed thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, is sitting in the director’s chair for this film. As was noted earlier, the film won numerous awards. Even though Trachtenberg has since worked on huge television projects such as Black Mirror and The Boys, Prey will represent his first feature picture in six years.
The hit surprise sequel marked Trachtenberg’s feature directorial debut, and it put his name on the map as a filmmaker to watch attentively. After the storyline of the movie was made public, Trachtenberg was cited as saying that he was “extremely unhappy that what we had in mind for how you may discover this movie would no longer happen.”
Trachtenberg’s comments were made in response to the fact that the movie’s plot had been revealed. It is likely that this is a reference to a one-of-a-kind marketing campaign comparable to the one that was used for 10 Cloverfield Lane. Although it is unfortunate that the surprise had to be revealed, the fact that the director is engaged is reason enough to get enthusiastic.
In addition to serving as the film’s director, Patrick Aison also serves as the film’s screenwriter. Aison has previously written scripts for the films Jack Ryan and Wayward Pines. John Davis (The Predator), Marty P. Ewing (It), Lawrence Gordon (Predator), Jhane Myers (Monsters of God), John Fox (Game Night), and Marc Toberoff are the members of the council of producers (Fantasy Island). Cinematographer Jeff Cutter (10 Cloverfield Lane), editor Claudia Costello (Creed), and production designer Kara Lindstrom round out the excellent cast and crew (Den of Thieves).
Who Exactly Is Included in the Roster of Prey?
Amber Midthunder, who is most recognized for her work as Kerry Loudermilk in Legion, will be taking the helm as the lead character, Naru, in this new show. Dane DiLiegro, Stefany Mathias, Stormee Kipp, and Dakota Beavers are also a part of the cast, even if it appears to be relatively minor.
Fans may notice that the majority of the cast is of Native American descent, which was most likely a decision made to bring as much authenticity to the setting as possible and accurately portray its Comanche characters.
Fans may also notice that the majority of the cast is of Native American descent. The fact that the producer, Jhane Myers, is herself a member of the Comanche Nation is mentioned in the description of the trailer as the primary motivation for casting the characters in the appropriate manner.
It is obvious that the film’s portrayal of the real-life culture won’t be put to the true test until it is finally released, but so far all of the signs are pointing in the right direction, and the movie will hopefully introduce beloved characters from a community that deserves significantly more representation in the world of film.
Check Out the Teaser Trailer for “Prey”