One of the biggest hits of 2022 was “Prey”, which is the latest instalment in the classic 20th Century Studios franchise, “Predator”, which is set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is 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.
“Prey” was a huge success, becoming the number one premiere on Hulu to date, including all film and TV series debuts. Additionally, “Prey” was the most-watched film premiere on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories, based on hours watched in the first three days of its release.
The film’s director, Dan Trachtenberg, recently spoke with The Playlist and asked whether he was involved in a potential follow-up to “Prey”.
“I can’t really say anything about that right now, but I’ll say while we were finishing the movie, we were having really exciting conversations. The studio, myself, the writer, and the producers about what crazy things could we do next. And I’ve never stopped, no one stopped thinking about how cool things could be going forward.”
During the interview, Dan also spoke about the early development of the film and how it became a direct-to-streaming film on Hulu, plus how they weren’t sure Hulu would still be a thing by the time it came out.
It wasn’t like we saw the edit and we should go to Hulu. It was part of its revitalization, it was after the project was put to bed when the Fox/Disney acquisition happened, and then the 2018 movie [“The Predator”]was coming out. It was all like, “Let’s wait and see.” And then after the dust settled a year or two later and an executive at Fox brought it up and had brought it up with the idea that it could be on Hulu, not even knowing really what that would be. Remember when we were all speculating, “Is there going to be Hulu? Is it going to be called Touchstone? Who even knows what that is?” And would there be a theatrical component as well? It was all very vague when it first started before production and then really only became clear as time went on what the final plan had to be due to rights and things.
Dan also explained his thoughts on how he didn’t make “Prey” any differently, knowing it was going to be released directly onto Disney’s streaming services:
No, I was in denial about that, that it was for streaming. I don’t even know that I would think it’s for streaming anyway and shoot that, the studio was in denial. No one was thinking, “Oh, let’s make a concession for streaming.” Maybe there may have been, I don’t know. But even when I’ve done commercials that I know and people say, “Oh, it’s people looking on their iPhone.” I’m like, “Yeah, we watched movies on our iPhone that were shot, we have to treat it all as if it was the best version of itself.”
“Prey” is available to stream now on Hulu in the United States, on Star+ in Latin America 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.