The first trailer for new Predator movie Prey has delivered something that appears to redefine the franchise and bring something new to the world of the alien race of creatures with the ability to make themselves invisible. On the back of the trailer, the original fears of Disney attempting to dumb down the franchise have been well and truly eradicated, and director Dan Trachtenberg has doubled down on the idea that this Predator will not be in any way family friendly.
For many people, the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company was either something they didn’t really care about, or something that immediately had them filling social media with ideas about which R-rated movie franchises the House of Mouse would be destroying in their attempt to remain a family orientated company. However, with Disney already having their hand in some more mature content via their numerous brands, it should never really have been a worry that franchises like Alien or Predator would ever suddenly start aiming at content to watch with the tots.
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Speaking to ComicBook.com, Trachtenberg explained how there was never any problems from Disney about Prey containing the gore and horror that the original Arnold Schwarzenegger movie delivered. He said:
“The Disney thing did not affect the movie at all in terms of its content. That’s why I’m excited for this trailer to come out. And for people who were worried that was this gonna be PG-13, or was it gonna be ‘Disney-Made-Predator.’ It was a 20th Century movie throughout the entire experience. And then Disney has been awesome in receiving the reins of it and now delivering it out into the world, but there was never any mandate from them. I was terrified of some of the wording we had in the script and when they read it, I was like, ‘Oh no, are they gonna freak out over the descriptions of gore and stuff?’ But, no. It is a brutal, intense, very R-rated movie. And I’m excited for that to be dispelled, that Disney’s gonna do ‘Disney Things.'”
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While Disney themselves have always been a family orientated company, delivering decades of some of the best animated and live action movies for all the family, they have always used their other brands to put out content that might not fit the agenda. This was the case with The Nightmare Before Christmas, which now comes with full Walt Disney logos, but was originally released on the Touchstone brand because they thought it was too scary to sit alongside Mickey and co.
It is a similar thing that is happening now with Disney’s Fox merger. There are a lot of franchises that just aren’t for family viewing, but that doesn’t mean Disney are going to abandon them or attempt to change what made them popular in the first place. As has been the case with Deadpool, an R-rated franchise now heading into the strictly PG-13 world of the MCU, there are some movies and shows that are meant to be aimed at mature audiences, and just because something comes from Disney, doesn’t mean it is ok to sit the kids down in front of it. With the first Prey trailer showing that Disney’s influence on the Predator movie has been minimal, there are a lot of fans now looking forward to the film’s release with a greater peace of mind.