Is 'Prey' a prequel to 'Predator'? Director Dan Trachtenberg 'specifically' explains movie's timeline
In a recent interview, filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg noted that the movie will be about 'Predator's first trip to planet Earth
If you are a fan of ‘Predator’ movies, then it’s time for you to set your reminders because a new movie in the never-ending saga of alien creatures going against humans is going to hit small screens in August 2022. Titled ‘Prey’, the fifth installment in the franchise is set in the Comanche Nation in 1719, where a ruthless tribe is trying to stalk and kill a mysterious prey that has been finding ways to evade them. However, things take a U-turn when Naru, a skilled female warrior, finds out that the prey she has been stalking is actually a highly evolved alien so advanced that humans are no match for them.
Since its inception, the movie is touted as a “prequel” to the original ‘Predator’ movie that was released in 1987 and saw Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. The movie went on to become a huge hit and earned close to $100 million at the box office. However, none of the other movies could manage to come closer to the original one. However, ‘Prey’ has managed to nab eyeballs with a visually stunning trailer and it looks like viewers are once again ready to see an epic fight between aliens and humans.
But if you think that the upcoming movie is a “prequel” to the original, then you might be wrong. Director Dan Trachtenberg recently opened up about the era that the movie takes place and revealed that the movie is not a “prequel” to the 1987 action movie. Speaking in an interview with SFX Magazine (via Bloody Disgusting), the filmmaker cleared the confusion regarding the movie and said that “this is not a prequel movie”.
“I want to specifically say this, because I think there’s been some confusion about how people have understood: in my mind, this is not a prequel movie, this isn’t, ‘Let’s tell the origin story of the Predator’. This is really something that’s set prior to the original ‘Predator’ movie,” Trachtenberg told the magazine.
The director also stated that the movie is all about the creature’s first trip to planet Earth. There are a lot of hopes riding on this one because if this movie doesn’t strike a chord with the audiences, then we might not see any ‘Predator’ movie in the coming future. The decision of releasing ‘Prey’ on a streaming platform seems to be a wise one because that way it would be accessible to more and more people. Although after seeing the movie’s first trailer, viewers demanded the makers release the film in theatres because it looked like a “worthy” ‘Predator’ movie to them.
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The movie sees Amber Midthunder playing the lead role of Naru in the movie while Dane DiLiegro would be donning the costume of the alien creature known as The Predator. Other actors to feature in the movie include Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat (Itsee), Geronimo Vela (Comanche Warrior), Dakota Beavers (Taabe), and Stefany Mathias (Sumu).
‘Prey’ will be premiering exclusively on Hulu on Friday, August 5.