The fan-favorite 1987 Predator has suffered through several inferior sequels and retoolings–and now 20th Century Studios is banking on a prequel to resurrect the franchise.
The next film in the popular horror-s/f series will be called Skull, according to a report on Collider, and it will be an “origin story about the Predator’s first journey to this planet.”
The movie is “probably three-quarters of the way through” production, according to producer John Davis, and it “goes back to what made the original Predator work,” he said. “It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, and basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force.”
The big difference in Skull, Davis added, is that this film will spotlight a female hero, “which I always think is interesting.” Reports have Amber Midthunder (Legion) starring as a Comanche woman who trains to become a warrior.
Davis singled out director Dan Trachtenberg for his work on the prequel. “Watching dailies, you understand how his vision is completely unique,” Davis said. “He’s got his own language and it’s fresh and cool–and it’s interesting.”
Davis went so far as to say the prequel “may be equal to the first one. I feel that the first one was a wonderful, interesting movie, and I think this is a worthy complement to the first one. It’s going to be as good.”
Skull–rumored to head straight for Hulu (whenever it releases)–is directed by Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) from a screenplay by Patrick Aison (Kingdom). No further details on casting or a release date were revealed.
The original Predator–directed by John McTiernan and written by Jim and John Thomas–stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers as part of an elite paramilitary team sent to rescue hostages in a Central American jungle. What they find (of course) is the Predator–played by Kevin Peter Hall. The box-office hit grossed $98.3 million worldwide on a budget of somewhere between $15 million and $18 million.
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