Some of the mystery surrounding the next entry in the Predator franchise was cleared up this week.
Production on the prequel–reportedly using the working title of Skulls–has wrapped in Calgary, Alberta, according to a report on screenrant.com, and three cast members have apparently been confirmed.
Cinematographer Jeff Cutter took to Instagram–see his post below–to announce “And that’s a wrap on Skulls” and to name several actors who have been working on the film. It would appear that Amber Midthunder (Legion) will lead the cast–as previously reported–and be joined by Dane DiLiegro (American Horror Stories) and Dakota Beavers of the band WesternBoy, who is said to have experience working in creature suits.
The new 20th Century Studios film, according to producer John Davis, will be a prequel to the original 1987 Predator. He said the movie tells “the Predator’s origin story–this is the Predator’s first journey to this planet.”
The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) from a screenplay by Patrick Alson (Kingdom). Davis said Trachtenberg’s vision for this prequel is “completely unique. He’s got his own language, and it’s fresh and cool–and it’s interesting.”
Midthunder’s character, Kee, is described as a “Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions and becomes a warrior. Kee is a truth-teller and has insight that others do not. A tomboy, she wants to prove herself in the masculine world of the Comanche. When danger threatens them all, Kee sets out to prove she is as capable as any young warrior.”
No release date for the prequel has yet been announced, and some published (but unconfirmed) reports have the film heading straight to Hulu.
The original Predator–directed by John McTiernan and written by Jim and John Thomas–stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers as members of an elite paramilitary team sent to rescue hostages in a Central American jungle. Along the way, they encounter the otherworldly Predator (played by Kevin Peter Hall). The movie was a box-office smash, raking in more than $98 million worldwide on a budget of between $15 million and $18 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this latest Predator installment.
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