Don’t call Prey a prequel; it’s been here for years. At least, according to Prey director Dan Trachtenberg who has now explained in an interview with SFX Magazine why the upcoming Predator prequel is anything but. While Prey has been described as a prequel by many different media outlets (including ourselves), the filmmaker has now clarified why this is not the case. Not exactly, anyway.
“In my mind, this is not a prequel movie. This isn’t, ‘Let’s tell the origin of the Predator.’ This is really something that’s set prior to the original Predator movie, and the Predator creature in this one, this is its first time travelling to Earth.”
So, while Prey will take place long before the first Predator movie, it is not a prequel to that franchise outing as such. Instead, it sounds like it’s best to watch Prey as simply a separate story that just so happens to be set many years before we first met the alien warrior race known as the Predators.
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The word “prequel” conjures images of Prey detailing the origins of the Predator, but Dan Trachtenberg reveals that this will not be the case. Though Prey will explore the experience of the first member of the extra-terrestrial hunters to visit Earth, do not necessarily expect to come away from Prey with a better understanding of the backstory of the Predators as a species. Instead, it sounds like we should just sit back and enjoy our time with this newest Predator as he discovers Earth, and the United States, for the first time. No doubt the historical parallels will be clear…
Prey Drops the Predator in the Comanche Nation in 1719
From 20th Century Studios, Prey is the next outing in the long-running Predator franchise and the first to fall under the Disney umbrella. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (The Boys, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Prey is set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, and tells 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.
Trachtenberg has recently stated that he hopes to return for more Predator outings following the release of Prey saying, “There are a lot of exciting ideas for what could be next for the franchise. The things that most excite me are the boldest swings and I think there’s scope to do other things that haven’t been done before.”
Written by Patrick Aison (Jack Ryan, Treadstone), Prey stars Amber Midthunder (Legion) as Naru, the young Comanche warrior who must fight to protect her tribe against a Predator. Starring alongside Midthunder are Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator.
Prey is scheduled to be released by 20th Century Studios as a Hulu original film on August 5, 2022.