The New Predator Prequel Is Inspired By A Surprising Video Game Franchise

To ramp up the excitement on the upcoming Predator film, director Dan Trachtenberg has been gradually giving fans sneak peeks, including the most recent announcement

By Erika Hanson | Published

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While gamers eagerly await a movie mashup of the beloved God of War video game franchise that may or may not ever actually happen, fans can get a taste of the Greek and Norse mythology at the center of the series later this year through an unexpected vessel. Later this year, 20th Century Fox Studios is slated to release Prey, the fifth installment in the long-running horror sci-fi franchise of Predator. This time around, the mandible monster will take moviegoers on a blast to the past, set to take place over 300 years ago. To ramp up the excitement on the upcoming film, director Dan Trachtenberg has been gradually giving fans sneak peeks, including the most recent announcement that the director took elements straight from God of War for inspiration while creating Prey.

You can see Dan Trachtenberg share this inspiration in his tweet below.

Over the last few months, Prey director Dan Trachtenberg has been building the hype surrounding the upcoming film in the Predator franchise. Taking to Twitter recently, the 10 Cloverfield Lane director revealed that the video game series God of War had an influence on the upcoming movie. Celebrating the game series recent PC release, he let the rest of the world in on his big secret. One user shared a side-by-side comparison photo of the game’s antagonist, Kratos, alongside his son, Atreus, alongside the concept art image of Prey’s lead character, Naru (seen below). Others were quick with the quippy responses, like the question of whether or not we will get to see the Predator yell “BOY” at any point in the film, like the running gag known to God of War fans because of the way Kratos often refers to his son. 

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As the fifth installment in the Predator franchise, Prey will debut nearly 35 years after the world was first introduced to the classic series. When Predator hit movie theatres in 1987, the film not only boosted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career to maximum overload but introduced the world to one of the most vicious and iconic alien races to ever grace the big screen. The franchise depicts humankind’s encounters with a race of extraterrestrial trophy-seeking military personnel known as the “Predator”. An instant hit, Predator’s success resulted in four more feature films in the franchise, and an outpouring of novels, comics, and video game spin-offs diving deeper into the lore of the sci-fi franchise. The hulking trophy hunter was considered so iconic, that it even led to an Alien vs. Predator franchise spinoff with two films and plans for more. 

As for the video game inspiration behind the newest Predator film, the God of War franchise also has a long and lucrative history. Since the title games’ 2005 release on the PlayStation 2, the universal acclaim over the game has led to 15 franchise titles, including the upcoming release of Ragnarok. The first-person action-adventure games centers around ancient mythology following the titular protagonist, Kratos, a Spartan warrior and later the God of War, who was tricked into killing his family by his former master, the original Greek god of war Ares. 

With most of the details surrounding Prey remaining tightly under wraps, the Greek mythology inspiration from God of War certainly makes the wait for a new Predator tantalizing. However, we can’t help but wonder how they plan to tie in old mythology–something set over 1000 years ago– with a movie that’s plot takes place only 300 years ago. With production on the film wrapping up this past September, all we can do is eagerly await the films impending Hulu release to see how the inspiration plays out.