“Predator” Prequel Reveals Title & Release Window
As the Disney+ Day celebrations continue (the streaming service launched on this day, November 12, in 2019), one big reveal the studio has made has to do with the new Predator movie coming our way. Without further ado, we give you the prequel’s title—Prey—and its release date sometime in the summer of 2022 on Hulu. The film, which up until today had been called Skulls, will do something none of the Predator sequels and spinoffs have done—take us back to a time before the 1987 original.
Director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) directed Prey from a script by Patrick Aison (Kingdom), and the film stars Amer Midthunder (Legion) as the hero of the story. Dakota Beavers and Dane DiLiegro are also in the cast, the latter likely playing the Predator. (DiLiegro has played monsters before, in Sweet Home and American Horror Story.)
Here’s what producers John Fox and John Davis had to say to Collider about it when they dished on the movie this past summer:
“It goes back to what made the original Predator movie work. It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, who’s able to observe and interpret, basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force. It actually has more akin to The Revenant than it does any film in the Predator canon. You’ll know what I mean once you see it,” said Davis. Fox added that the time period is early, but wouldn’t elaborate more.
Director John McTiernan’s original Predator gave us the stripped-down, brutal struggle for survival that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commando Dutch endures in a Central American rainforest against the stronger, more well-armored alien Predator. The six films since, four prequels and the two crossovers with the Alien franchise, have expanded the story around the Predator and the alien race’s origins, but Prey will be the first film in the franchise fully set before the events of the first film.
Here’s the official logline for Prey, which gives you an inkling of the story’s setting and how different this could look from previous installments:
Set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, the action-thriller follows Naru, the skilled warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator.
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Featured image: A deadly Predator escapes from a secret government compound in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE PREDATOR. Photo Credit: Kimberley French.