20th Century Studios has announced that Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator prequel, Prey is coming to US screens via Hulu on 5 August 2002. The news comes alongside a 45 second teaser trailer which lets us know that the franchise is going in a very new direction.
The last film in the series was Shane Black’s creatively compromised 2018 film, The Predator. That film scored a so-so $166 million globally from an $80 million budget. This new film won’t follow on from Black’s pic – it’s set 300 hundred years in the past.
The Predator franchise hasn’t really found its feet since John McTiernan’s 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer. The series has been all over the place since then with the Predator having faced-off against Danny Glover, Aliens and even Adrien Brody. Shane Black’s sequel felt like a movie that was written and then totally dismembered by a studio committee.
Prey has the potential to be great though.
Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.
“Prey” is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, written by Patrick Aison (“Jack Ryan,” “Treadstone”), and produced by John Davis (“Jungle Cruise,” “The Predator”) and Jhane Myers (“Monsters of God”), with Lawrence Gordon (“Watchmen”), Marty Ewing (“It: Chapter Two”), James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas and Marc Toberoff (“Fantasy Island”) serving as executive producers.
The filmmakers were committed to creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche and brings a level of authenticity that rings true to its Indigenous peoples. Myers, an acclaimed filmmaker, Sundance Fellow and member of the Comanche nation herself, is known for her attention and dedication to films surrounding the Comanche and Blackfeet nations and her passion for honoring the legacies of the Native communities. As a result, the film features a cast comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent, including Amber Midthunder (“The Ice Road,” “Roswell, New Mexico”), newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (“Sooyii”), Michelle Thrush (“The Journey Home”), Julian Black Antelope (“Tribal”).