Prey Director Dan Trachtenberg to Helm New Predator Film ‘Badlands’

Prey director Dan Trachtenberg is set to helm ‘Badlands,’ the latest installment in the Predator franchise. The film, featuring a female protagonist, will be written by Patrick Aison. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.

Prey Director Dan Trachtenberg to Helm New Predator Film ‘Badlands’

Prey director Dan Trachtenberg is set to helm another installment in the Predator franchise, titled Badlands. Joining him is screenwriter Patrick Aison, who will once again be responsible for crafting the script. While specific plot details have yet to be disclosed, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that, similar to its predecessor, the film will feature a female protagonist.

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Trachtenberg’s Prey is the fifth film in the Predator series and serves as a prequel to the previous four movies, providing an origin story for the extraterrestrial hunters. Departing from the male-dominated nature of the franchise, Prey introduces an indigenous female lead, portrayed by Amber Midthunder, who takes on the alien adversaries.

The film received positive reviews and achieved a streaming record on Hulu, becoming their most-watched debut to date. Its success has undoubtedly paved the way for Trachtenberg’s involvement in the upcoming Badlands project.

The Predator Franchise: A Brief Overview

The first Predator movie was released in 1987 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, and the late Carl Weathers as a group of commandos being hunted by the eponymous creature in the jungle. Predator 2 followed in 1990, with Predators and The Predator hitting theaters in 2010 and 2018, respectively.

Continuing the Prey Storyline

Trachtenberg has previously hinted at a continuation of the Prey storyline, expressing his appreciation for creating a standalone film rather than a mere setup for future installments. He also highlighted the unique animated end-title sequence that provides further storytelling, rather than a typical post-credit scene.

Production and Release Details

Although Badlands does not yet have a confirmed release date, production is scheduled to begin later this year. In the meantime, fans can enjoy Prey, which is currently available for streaming on Hulu. Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to check out our list of the most anticipated upcoming movies in 2024 and beyond.

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