New details have been revealed for Dan Trachtenberg’s upcoming Predator movie, as the final leg of production gets underway.
During a recent interview with Collider, producers John Davis and John Fox revealed the title of the new Predator movie is Skull and that it is « probably three-quarters of the way through » production. They also shared that Trachtenberg’s film will be a female-fronted origin story tracing the Predator’s first journey to Earth.
« It goes back to what made the original Predator movie work, » Davis said of Predator 5, which he likened to the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film The Revenant. « It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, who’s able to observe and interpret, basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force. »
Both producers praised Trachtenberg’s « completely unique » vision for the movie, though it’s still unknown whether the tone of the film will steer it towards an R-rating or PG-13. Davis said it « it all depends on how you end up cutting it, » admitting that it was originally « conceived as an R-rated movie » but « it could easily end up PG-13 » after edits.
Wherever it lands with its rating, Davis believes the fifth installment in the mainline Predator franchise could end up being one of the film series’ standout entries. « It’s going to be, I believe, the second best — or the first… or it may be equal to the first one, » he said, expressing his high regard for the upcoming Predator movie.
« I feel like the first one was a wonderful, interesting movie and I know what worked about it. I feel like we kind of never got back there again, » he added, comparing the franchise’s later releases to the 1987 original. « We ended up in different places. I think this is a worthy complement to the first one. It’s going to be as good. »
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The franchise’s previous entry, 2018’s The Predator, was written and directed by Iron Man 3’s Shane Black. It pulled in the highest box office gross for a single Predator movie, with a worldwide gross of $160.5 million. Only Aliens vs. Predator made more at the box office for the Predator franchise, hitting $177.4 million.
Unfortunately, The Predator cost a hefty $88 million to make and likely millions more to market, according to The Numbers. IGN’s review of The Predator acknowledged that the 2018 film « splintered apart in the haphazard and shoddy-looking last half-hour, largely derailing what began as a promising entry in the wildly inconsistent franchise. »
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.