‘Prey’ Director Explains His Take On The New Predator

by Thomas Tuna

When is a prequel not a prequel?

Prey–the next installment in the popular Predator film franchise–has been billed as a sort of prequel to the series, but director Dan Trachtenberg has his own vision. And, by definition, his is the only one that counts.

Trachtenberg–in an interview with SFX Magazine–said there may have been some mixed messages about his film floating around. “I want to say this–because I think there’s been some confusion–in my mind, this is not a prequel movie,” he said. “This isn’t, ‘Let’s tell the origin of the Predator’.”

The movie, he explained, is “something that’s set prior to the original Predator. And the Predator creature in this one–this is its first time traveling to Earth.”

The filmmaker added that this Predator is “perhaps from a different hemisphere of the planet and a little bit of a different breed. So, even his look is a little new. I wanted the Predator to be scarier than we’ve seen it before.”

The R-rated 20th Century Studios film–helmed by Trachtenberg from a screenplay by Patrick Aison–is set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, and follows Naru, who has been raised with the legendary warriors who roam the Great Plains, according to the synopsis.

When danger threatens her camp, Naru sets out to protect her people, but the prey she stalks “turns out to be a highly evolved alien Predator with a technically advanced arsenal.” The result is “a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.”

Prey stars Amber Midthunder as Naru, along with Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on Prey.


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