On Tuesday, the first trailer for Prey was released, revealing a dramatic and exciting chapter in the classic Predator franchise. The two-minute trailer for the 20th Century Studios picture, which will premiere on Hulu on August 5, teased the Comanche Nation facing a Predator 300 years ago. Prey, Hulu’s massive sci-fi action movie set in 1719, is the fifth entry of the Predator franchise and its first prequel. While the previous films were set in the present age, with PTSD-stricken troops fighting alien creatures in jungles, Los Angeles, and the imaginary country of Val Verde, Dan Trachtenberg’s prequel is set in the Comanche Nation’s southern plains.
Naru (Amber Midthunder) is a young lady with ambitions to become a Comanche warrior, despite her tribe’s belief that she is not a competent enough hunter to acquire that status. Naru sets out to hunt down a bear, prompted by what she believes to be a message in the sky, and, as the trailer reveals, she comes face to face with a predator determined to make her its prey. Prey appears to be a considerably more intimate take to the Predator franchise, concentrating on Naru’s journey and her resolve to protect her people from this horrific threat, based on everything given in the teaser.
However, it appears that the Predator will not be the only menace that the Comanche Nation will have to deal with in Prey. When Naru and her people are fighting the Predator near the end of the film, a few colonists may be seen in the forest as well. Anyone who has watched a Predator movie knows that guns aren’t much of a match for these monsters, and their muskets aren’t likely to save them from becoming prey.
The Prey trailer appears to be a change from previous films in the franchise, but its low budget and limited release date do not appear to limit its capacity to provide action-packed sequences and a few horror-tinged moments. Given the film’s sci-fi nature, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they appear to be bending the rules of historical authenticity. It’ll be intriguing to see what screenwriter Patrick Aison can do with the Predator universe built by Jim and John Thomas.
Dan Trachtenberg directed Prey, which was written by Patrick Aison (Jack Ryan, Treadstone) and produced by John Davis (Jungle Cruise, The Predator), Jhane Myers (Monsters of God), and Marty Ewing (Monsters of God) (It: Chapter Two). Executive producers include Lawrence Gor, Ben Rosenberg, James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas, and Marc Toberoff.
Watch the full trailer of Prey here: