One of the key reasons why the Walt Disney Company purchased 20th Century Studios was to get access to a vast number of franchises like “The Simpsons”, “Aliens” and “Planet Of The Apes”.
Disney went straight to work on developing new projects with established IP, which resulted in the latest instalment in the “Predator” franchise, “Prey”, which was released on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ around the world, where it became a huge streaming hit.
Unlike the previous “Predator” instalments, which were set in the modern day, “Prey”, was set in 1719 and was about a skilled Comanche warrior who protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe.
Unsurprisingly, Disney wants more of this and according to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Studios is working on two new films, a sequel to “Prey” and another “Predator” film.
One of the “Predator” films is called “Badlands” and will see “Prey” director, Dan Trachtenberg, returning to helm the film and has also written the story with Patrick Aison, who has also created the screenplay for the movie.
There currently are no details on what the story of “Badlands” has been revealed, but it’s going to be set sometime in the future and will also feature a female lead character. Production on “Badlands” is set to begin in July.
No other details on a “Prey” sequel have been revealed, and with Dan working on “Badlands”, it might be a couple of years away before anything starts filming.
Originally, “Prey” was created with a plan to release it in cinemas, but when Disney took over 20th Century Fox and then with the pandemic hitting, the project was shifted to Hulu and Disney+, since there was an existing deal with HBO, that meant anything theatrically released, went to HBO Max instead, though Disney later made an agreement to get around this situation.
With Disney now focusing on theatrical releases first, to help raise more money at the box office but also, it’s been proven that theatrical releases generally do better on streaming afterwards, I’d expect “Badlands” will get a theatrical release first.
While we wait for the next instalment of “Predator”, many of the previous instalments of the franchise are available on Hulu and Hulu On Disney+ in the United States and on Disney+ around the world.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.