Filming for “Predator 5” has just ended. Produced by Disney, here’s everything we know about the project. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the project is currently titled “Skulls” and should logically be released in 2022.
Predator: Aliens’ worst enemies are back
To return to the origins of the license Predator, we have to go back to 1987, when filmmaker John McTiernan decided to direct Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. The film quickly became cult, was nominated once for the Oscars, and grossed more than $ 98 million (for a budget of 15 million). 20th Century Fox therefore decides to derive the character within its own saga. In 1991, Stephen Hopkins directed Predator 2 with Danny Glover. The feature film receives mostly negative reviews but still pays off $ 57 million in box office revenue. It is also the first time that the connection between the Predators and the Xenomorphs (the creatures ofAlien) is made.
We must then wait for 2004, then 2007, to see the Predators get back in both crossovers Alien vs Predator. Series B which clearly did not seduce the crowds. Then, in 2010, Nimrod Antal offered a new solo adventure for the Predators, this time facing Adrien Brody’s team. Finally, the last opus to date of the franchise, The Predator, was released in 2018 under the direction of Shane Black.
Skulls : filming is finished
Now that 20th Century Fox has been acquired by Disney, the big-eared studio is handling the license. Predator. And against all odds, a new film will soon see the light of day. Indeed, Disney commissioned Dan Trachtenberg, the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, to take care of this new part of the saga Predator. For the moment titled Skulls, this 5th movie Predator just finished filming. It is, Jeff Cutter, the director of photography, who confirmed this news by posting a snapshot of the shoot on his Instagram account. He took the opportunity to recall that Amber Midthunder will play the main role of the feature film. The artist accompanies his image with the following caption:
And it’s over for Skulls! I can’t thank Dan Trachtenberg enough for inviting me on this epic journey and trusting me to make his vision for this film come true! Thanks to an excellent cast led by Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers and Dane Diliergo. And much love to a brave Calgary crew for diving head first with us!
Predator 5 will be a prequel set during the Civil War, long before the events of the original film. The story should follow a Comanche woman who opposes the norms of her society by dreaming of becoming a warrior. A Predator will land on his land and assassinate the members of his tribe. She will therefore have the opportunity to prove herself.
Best movie in the franchise?
Currently, the project is called Skulls, but this is a working title. Dan Trachtenberg gave no additional information regarding the title of his work.. The screenplay was written by Patrick Aison and the feature film is produced by John Davis. The latter also promised at the microphone to Collider than this new movie would undoubtedly surpass the others:
It will be, I believe, the second best, even the first … or it will perhaps be equal to the first. I feel like the first one was a wonderful, interesting movie and I know what worked. I have the impression that we never went there again. We ended up in different places. I think it’s a worthy addition to the first film. It’s gonna be that good.
We hope that these are not empty words, especially after the critical and financial failure of The Predator. Answer, normally, in the course of 2022!