According to director Dan Trachtenberg, no fan theories about a Prey sequel have even come close to what he's thinking.
The latest Predator movie Prey has been a surprise hit. The fresh setting, strong performances, and interesting story have led to renewed interest in the fan-favorite franchise. Naturally, this means that people are expecting a Prey sequel. Also naturally, this means fans are going wild with speculation as to where and when the next movie could take place. However, according to Prey director Dan Trachtenberg, none of these fan theories have hit the mark.
Speaking to Radio 1’s Screen Time podcast, Trachtenberg talked about the fan theories he’s seen for the Prey sequel and said “I would like to be involved, and I think there’s several really cool things to do next, and it would be interesting to embark on a few different things, rather than… And I think some of the more exciting ideas are ones that people aren’t considering, you know?” While it’s entirely possible that someone has thought of the same ideas as Trachtenberg, it seems like the 10 Cloverfield Lane director has some very specific ideas in mind.
Of course, a Prey sequel hasn’t been greenlit at this time, so it remains to be seen if Trachtenberg has a chance to tackle these ideas. With that being said, Prey became the biggest Hulu premiere in the platform’s history, which is not an accolade to sneeze at. It’s also been receiving critical praise left and right, so it seems logical that Trachtenberg would be brought back to try his hand at the franchise again. Perhaps this time they would go for a theater release to get those box office dollars while they’re at it.
One thing that the Prey sequel will likely miss out on is the star power of Amber Midthunder, who played the lead character Naru in Prey. Prey threw the Predator franchise back into the 1700s, having the galactic hunter come to Earth to face off against a Comanche tribe. This fresh setting and the more primitive weaponry of this Predator made for an interesting and dynamic film. If the next Predator film is taking place sometime in the future, it wouldn’t make much sense for Naru to come back.
Disney has a ridiculous number of IPs on its hands, so it might not be so quick to return to the Predator franchise, which might be the reason a Prey sequel hasn’t been announced yet. When you have Marvel and Star Wars in your stable, you might not jump at the chance to continue a franchise that had been struggling before the most recent release. Of course, Disney isn’t one to turn down potential money, so it seems likely that the critical and commercial appreciation of Prey would lead to a sequel, presumably helmed by Trachtenberg, sooner or later.
While we wait to find out if a Prey sequel is in the cards, it’s certainly worth checking out the film if you haven’t yet. You can now stream Prey on both Hulu and Disney+. The movie is directed by Dan Trachtenberg who also co-wrote the story with Patrick Aison. It stars a riveting Amber Midthunder alongside Dane DiLiegro as the Predator. The film also stars Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, Stefany Mathias, Bennett Taylor, and more. The film currently has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and 73% from audiences.