The Predator franchise has done a lot of wild things over its three decades in film. For all the nutty ideas that have happened in the franchise, there is one obvious and pretty simple idea that has never been explored: what about the female members of the alien species? We haven’t even seen a female Predator in any of the six films that feature the extraterrestrial hunters. Well, if a new scoop is to be believed, that blindspot could finally be getting addressed.
Insider Daniel Richtman is reporting that the “next two Predator films will introduce female Predators.” This is a rumor at this point but it is one that does not sound too difficult to believe. Having not ever seen any prominent female Predators over the years, it makes a lot of sense to finally introduce them into the fray and give them some time in the spotlight. Will they essentially function in the same manner as all the males that we have seen? Or will we see that they play other roles in the hierarchy of this alien civilization?
This is not the first time we have heard a rumor regarding female Predators finally showing up in the film series. A rumor began to circulate that they would be featured in Shane Black’s The Predator, but that ended up being a completely unfounded piece of news. Perhaps this new rumor is somewhat being born out of this old one since many fans were excited to finally see female Predators make their way to the big screen. They have been featured in comic books and other ancillary material over the years but have never managed to be utilized in the feature film franchise.
Another interesting wrinkle to this rumor from Richtman is that he claims the female Predators will play a part in two upcoming films. This is the first we are hearing of there being a plan for two concurrent movies to be made. If that is the case, is there a plan to make these two movies more closely connected? For the most part, every Predator movie up to now does not really function as a sequel. Though they might reference past films, they pretty much all work as standalone stories. Would this be the first instance where the studio is planning to make movies that directly link up to each other with recurring characters and plotlines?
With the Predator franchise now in the hands of Disney, you can bet that they are trying to figure out the best approach to the property. We have heard some out-there rumors about where the series could go, but the idea of finally showcasing female Predators seems like the least bonkers thing we have heard yet. Hopefully, we can start to hear some more concrete news and announcements about where the Mouse House wants to take the franchise. Until then, we will simply have to wait and see what news we can gather about the next installment(s?) in this storied sci-fi saga.