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Updated: Predator Prequel Novel Unveiled

According to the BNC CataList, we’ll be seeing the release of a prequel novel to the original Predator film. Due for release the 30th of May 2017, this prequel comes with quite a twist that looks to reinterpret the original Predator film.

“Two Predators race through space, one a rogue, the other in pursuit. Their conflict brings them to Earth, where the rogue launches the assault on “Dutch” Schaefer and his unit, as seen in the 1987 movie Predator. The pursuing Yautja arrives and stops the rogue. In an ironic twist, however, he is mistaken for the rogue and attacked by Schaefer, who seeks to avenge his men.”

Christopher Golden to write a prequel novel for The Predator. Predator Prequel Novel Unveiled

Christopher Golden to write a prequel novel for The Predator.

The novel will be written by Christopher Golden – who has previously written in the Alien world with River of Pain. In addition to the prequel novel, we’ve also heard that Titan Books will be publishing a Predator Anthology novel (in the same vein as Aliens – Bug Hunt). You can find our further details in our forum.

Thanks to felix for the news of the prequel novel.

Updated 06/08/2016 – Updated to clarify the novel is considered a prequel novel to the original Predator, not as a prequel novel to The Predator.



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  1. g2vd
    It would be much better if  the novel was about how jungle hunter was in  the emerald forest teaching his young son predator how to hunt humans and how after dutch killed him the child yautja is raised by indigenous tribes  learns english and wears his fathers biomask  under his own mask. So that when he finally finds dutch after the major has settled down.  And had a family. He kidnaps shaefers  young daughter( like mid teens .same  age as the young hunter) he takes his mask off to reveal  jungle hunters mask and dutch is like oh shit.  But  he decides not to kill him because he has fallen in love with dutchs daughter. Seing mercy she falls for him as well and leaves with him on a ship he takes from area 51.........
    Predator 5: Vengeance For Jungie!

    By B-Rad G.

    I would totally read that. :D

    Yeah, though I still just don't understand why Fox has to keep going back to the original films. I mean River Of Pain at least had a reason to exist somewhat, whereas this Predator Prequel just doesn't in my opinion I mean really there's not much to tell besides jamming some stuff in the book that was never the original intent and nothing like the film showed.
  2. RaZorbakk
    It would be much better if  the novel was about how jungle hunter was in  the emerald forest teaching his young son predator how to hunt humans and how after dutch killed him the child yautja is raised by indigenous tribes  learns english and wears his fathers biomask  under his own mask. So that when he finally finds dutch after the major has settled down.  And had a family. He kidnaps shaefers  young daughter( like mid teens .same  age as the young hunter) he takes his mask off to reveal  jungle hunters mask and dutch is like oh shit.  But  he decides not to kill him because he has fallen in love with dutchs daughter. Seing mercy she falls for him as well and leaves with him on a ship he takes from area 51......... or ya know.  NOt f**k up predator cannon. And just give us the low down on what happened to hopper and his men.   . ignore me. Im grumpy as hell today.
  3. Local Trouble
    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.

    Well what I mean is this, like... if you disagree on where they're going with the franchises, especially where they are, in my mind, more or less undermining the source material... why support it? I'm not ragging on you or anyone who wants to buy this and say it's good but... where do you draw the line and say no more?

    The catch 22 is - you don't have the first idea about how this will turn out and whether it will actually undermine the source material and if it's actually an entertaining read - until you've read it.

    That happened to me once.  The novel was entitled The Crystal Star.
  4. PRJ_since1990
    The geniuses at Fox already came up with something similar for the Allien side of things. Just read Out of the Shadows. Ripley goes on this whole bullshyte mission that takes place before the events of Aliens. Than is magically put back to sleep with her memory swiped.

    Who is coming up with these ideas at Fox...good try but try harder..they have this need to tie everything to Alien and Predator as if they can't come up with another billion storylines from another billion parts of the galaxy. Seriously who comes up with these ideas at Fox. Let's pick up the phone and call him/her and ask them if they're ok.
    While I agree it is unnecessary to do all these rewrites and "filling in gaps of time" between the major stories (i.e. movies), I must insist you listen to the Alien Out of the Shadows audio drama. It is absolutely fantastic and I hope more get made. It even uses plenty of sound effects from Isolation so it will be right up your alley.
    Goodator's mask gets smashed, so when he beats Badator, he takes his.

    Both Predators could've heard the laugh.
    Are we really calling them that? Oh that is funny.

    Imagine it ending with him clearing evidence of the Rogue's body, and then he hears chopper noises... the Hunt begins...


    I would have no problem with this

    Except I think it should simply be Cop tracking Rogue to a remote backwater hunting ground...Earth

    Not a literal car chase in space
    This would be interesting as well. I think they can truly make this work if done in the right time frame. Would be terribly silly to have them jump back and forth between Goodator and Badator throughout the events of the film. 

    im going to guess this was done because of the new movie. It's done to ease a similar plot element in the new movie.


    I havent read the whole thread but did anyone make this joke, already?

    New Alien prequel!

    Kane's Son, an evil alien, was killing the crew of the Nostromo when the good alien, Big Chap, came in and stopped him.
    He got tired and was having a bit of a lie-down but Ripley confused Big Chap with Kane's Son and killed him.
    I had to go back and reread this because this is brilliant. If this new novel sucks, please print this post and iron it on a t shirt. I'll even buy one.
  5. The Alien Predator
    The book is still a year off. I am sure they'll be more revisions till then.

    Doesn't mean it'll be better though.

    Or it could be if they are careful with making sure it makes sense.

    I think people are getting a bit too salty over this. Let's wait and see if the book actually is good or not first before we cast judgement based on a small synopsis which at this stage could be changed drastically.

    Because the amount of salt in this thread is starting to get absurd. I can understand people having an opinion and not liking the way a synopsis sounds, but Jesus Christ, to sum up what I remember some people saying over the days - "this has ruined a classic", "I will never look at Predator the same way", "this is rebooting a classic film".

    Guys, simply don't read it then, you'd be surprised how loudly your Wallet speaks to Fox. You can still enjoy Predator in the same way you always have. No one will take that away lol. If you like Anytime being there on safari alone, then that's your own enjoyment.

    That's the whole beauty of this franchise, films come first and you can ignore novels and comics because those are supplementary materials. Some fan might be like "oh, this book states there's another Predator in P1? Interesting, I wanna check that out" while everyone else could freely ignore it and frankly not miss out on much.

    This won't be as game changing for the entire franchise as say, Alien 5 and whatnot. The EU has always taken a back seat behind the movies. I mean, how many people actually read the books? There are more people who have seen the films, played the games and probably even read the comics compared to those who buy and read these novels. Novels do seem like a niche thing to me.

    So you all have literally nothing to worry about! Let's wait and see if this book actually does goof or if it sucks, time will tell, not predictions. Alien: River of Pain was enjoyable to me so I am optimistic with the author here.
  6. germanator2
    Oi, why not just write a new Predator story all together?? If they go this route, it really begs the question where the bad Predator was the entire time. But you're really ruining a classic by doing this.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    I'm hoping the synopsis is just unclear and it turns out that the rogue is the Predator who ends up taking out Hopper's men. The two Predators do their thing off screen and the Enforcer (or whoever) gets distracted by all Dutch's antics at the rebel's base.
  8. The Alien Predator
    Now I am actually excited for this. I can imagine the scene in my head, Badator observes Billy and records his laugh while Goodator is observing Badator, not striking yet because he doesn't want to attract the formidable firepower of Dutch and his men. He proceeds to watch Badator begin his hunt, hoping that Dutch's men might make his job easier and kill the Rogue for him.
  9. The Alien Predator
    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.

    Well what I mean is this, like... if you disagree on where they're going with the franchises, especially where they are, in my mind, more or less undermining the source material... why support it? I'm not ragging on you or anyone who wants to buy this and say it's good but... where do you draw the line and say no more?

    I don't really have an answer to that to be honest. I am enjoying what they have shown in the current novels and comics so far and am always up for some new Alien and Predator material.

    I mean, I am one of those that loves Resurrection and AvP-R simply because it tells a story and has my favourite monsters in it, so it's hard for me to draw a line.

    I used to hate the idea of there being more alien civilizations, but to my shock, I was fine when Sea of Sorrows confirms there's loads out there.

    But I was even more against the whole wormhole and hyperspace travel idea, preferring physical FTL in my Alien. But again, to my shock, I was totally fine with Rage War introducing Drop Holes and even the multiverse, something you know personally I was against.

    So at this point, I don't know where to draw the line because even if I did, I'd probably be fine with it if they made it happen anyway.

    I like your outlook on things Alien Predator. I need to be more positive too lol. I guess we just need to take the good with the bad and move on. People are happy that Fox is pushing out more product just annoyed that it could be done smarter. Best thing is probably just send an email to the company and let them know a lot of people are scratching their heads with some of their ideas. Hopefully they don't send you the Ash you have sympathies smiley lol.

    Thanks Nostromo. I think that's a good idea to try and email them. Maybe even ask Christopher Golden about the synopsis, he might have a better explanation for it because synopsises don't paint the whole picture (because all the missing pieces are in the story XD )

    I personally thought that was a cool twist about there being another Predator in P1, but I imagined this book being before the film until I re-read the synopsis and saw it mention him hunt Dutch's team.

    Perhaps the story will properly explain why the Predator looks the same in the film, and why he has Billy's laugh etc. Some fans have pointed out theories that make sense. I remember one of the NECA toys has this Predator who likes to steal trophies and technology from other Predators.

    So with that in mind, this guy could've stolen Anytime's gear and was being chased across the galaxy to Earth. Anytime kills the Rogue after Rogue attacked Dutch's team, gets his gear back and disposes of the body before he either decides to have a nice opportunistic hunt (might as well lol), or gets attacked by Dutch who mistakenly thinks he's the Rogue and Anytime being a good Predator that he is, just can't resist the fight.
  10. Nostromo
    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.

    Well what I mean is this, like... if you disagree on where they're going with the franchises, especially where they are, in my mind, more or less undermining the source material... why support it? I'm not ragging on you or anyone who wants to buy this and say it's good but... where do you draw the line and say no more?

    I don't really have an answer to that to be honest. I am enjoying what they have shown in the current novels and comics so far and am always up for some new Alien and Predator material.

    I mean, I am one of those that loves Resurrection and AvP-R simply because it tells a story and has my favourite monsters in it, so it's hard for me to draw a line.

    I used to hate the idea of there being more alien civilizations, but to my shock, I was fine when Sea of Sorrows confirms there's loads out there.

    But I was even more against the whole wormhole and hyperspace travel idea, preferring physical FTL in my Alien. But again, to my shock, I was totally fine with Rage War introducing Drop Holes and even the multiverse, something you know personally I was against.

    So at this point, I don't know where to draw the line because even if I did, I'd probably be fine with it if they made it happen anyway.

    I like your outlook on things Alien Predator. I need to be more positive too lol. I guess we just need to take the good with the bad and move on. People are happy that Fox is pushing out more product just annoyed that it could be done smarter.

    Best thing is probably just send an email to the company and let them know a lot of people are scratching their heads with some of their ideas. Hopefully they don't send you the Ash you have my sympathies smiley lol.
  11. SM
    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.

    Well what I mean is this, like... if you disagree on where they're going with the franchises, especially where they are, in my mind, more or less undermining the source material... why support it? I'm not ragging on you or anyone who wants to buy this and say it's good but... where do you draw the line and say no more?

    The catch 22 is - you don't have the first idea about how this will turn out and whether it will actually undermine the source material and if it's actually an entertaining read - until you've read it.
  12. The Alien Predator
    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.

    Well what I mean is this, like... if you disagree on where they're going with the franchises, especially where they are, in my mind, more or less undermining the source material... why support it? I'm not ragging on you or anyone who wants to buy this and say it's good but... where do you draw the line and say no more?

    I don't really have an answer to that to be honest. I am enjoying what they have shown in the current novels and comics so far and am always up for some new Alien and Predator material.

    I mean, I am one of those that loves Resurrection and AvP-R simply because it tells a story and has my favourite monsters in it, so it's hard for me to draw a line.

    I used to hate the idea of there being more alien civilizations, but to my shock, I was fine when Sea of Sorrows confirms there's loads out there.

    But I was even more against the whole wormhole and hyperspace travel idea, preferring physical FTL in my Alien. But again, to my shock, I was totally fine with Rage War introducing Drop Holes and even the multiverse, something you know personally I was against.

    So at this point, I don't know where to draw the line because even if I did, I'd probably be fine with it if they made it happen anyway.
  13. RakaiThwei
    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.

    Well what I mean is this, like... if you disagree on where they're going with the franchises, especially where they are, in my mind, more or less undermining the source material... why support it? I'm not ragging on you or anyone who wants to buy this and say it's good but... where do you draw the line and say no more?
  14. The Alien Predator
    LOL at Fox's response.

    "Give it your BEST shot!" *mentally counting profits*

    Unfortunately this... is very true.. So true in fact, we're suckers for it. All of it..

    Unless you're really passionate about what is and should be... I don't see many of us boycotting.

    Yeah, I'll most likely be giving this a shot as I plan not to miss any books of this franchise. I learned that the hard way with South China Sea once it got to ridiculous prices.
  15. The Alien Predator
    Nice one, Alien Predator! But I think I have a better one..

    The Fans: Skip to 1:20.

    Although 1:45 is my attitude on well... everything so far!



    LOL at Fox's response.

    "Give it your BEST shot!" *mentally counting profits*

    So I think it's safe to say this is not a popular concept.

    I'm not really surprised at the reaction. I think the idea of two Predators racing across space, one being an Arbitrator chasing a Rogue is quite a good idea.

    The problem here being is that it's being shoe-horned into the first movie. I think it would've been better received had it been a true "prequel", as in "took place before the first film."

    Where Anytime kills the Rogue, and then decides that "eh, since I'm here, I might as well enjoy my safari." It will further reinforce the idea that yes, this is a Predator "cop"... he is in no way a good guy, he is a Predator.

    Imagine it ending with him clearing evidence of the Rogue's body, and then he hears chopper noises... the Hunt begins...

    So I think it's safe to say this is not a popular concept.

    So...Christopher, no Predator prequel 2 I take it? lol

    It's Fox you should be asking, not Christopher. He could leave and they'll just get someone else to write the very same story.  :)
  16. Creditor
    HAHA Honestly Big Chap Alien who killed Kane's son and took a nap and got killed by Ripley, still sounds much better than Good Predator deciding to stay and fight Arnie for some reason.
  17. Nostromo
    The geniuses at Fox already came up with something similar for the Allien side of things. Just read Out of the Shadows. Ripley goes on this whole bullshyte mission that takes place before the events of Aliens. Than is magically put back to sleep with her memory swiped.

    Who is coming up with these ideas at Fox...good try but try harder..they have this need to tie everything to Alien and Predator as if they can't come up with another billion storylines from another billion parts of the galaxy. Seriously who comes up with these ideas at Fox. Let's pick up the phone and call him/her and ask them if they're ok.

  18. happypred
    im going to guess this was done because of the new movie. It's done to ease a similar plot element in the new movie.


    I havent read the whole thread but did anyone make this joke, already?

    New Alien prequel!

    Kane's Son, an evil alien, was killing the crew of the Nostromo when the good alien, Big Chap, came in and stopped him.
    He got tired and was having a bit of a lie-down but Ripley confused Big Chap with Kane's Son and killed him.

    No I got a even better one!

    The Alien Queen in the Sulaco at the end of Aliens isn't the Queen that was in the Hive it was actually Big Chap! who after 50 years drifting alone near LV-426 has evolved into a Queen and during the course of the film drifts over to the Sulaco and manages to enter it just in time and get into the Drop-Ship with no one noticing.

    LOLOLOL

    Maybe Dutch was killed by his evil twin as well


    So it was evil Dutch vs. good Jungle Hunter
  19. g2vd
    Kane's Son, an evil alien, was killing the crew of the Nostromo when the good alien, Big Chap, came in and stopped him.
    He got tired and was having a bit of a lie-down but Ripley confused Big Chap with Kane's Son and killed him.
    No I got a even better one!

    The Alien Queen in the Sulaco at the end of Aliens isn't the Queen that was in the Hive it was actually Big Chap! who after 50 years drifting alone near LV-426 has evolved into a Queen and during the course of the film drifts over to the Sulaco and manages to enter it just in time and get into the Drop-Ship with no one noticing.
  20. DaddyYautja
    im going to guess this was done because of the new movie. It's done to ease a similar plot element in the new movie.


    I havent read the whole thread but did anyone make this joke, already?

    New Alien prequel!

    Kane's Son, an evil alien, was killing the crew of the Nostromo when the good alien, Big Chap, came in and stopped him.
    He got tired and was having a bit of a lie-down but Ripley confused Big Chap with Kane's Son and killed him.
  21. me
    This makes no sense whatsoever.


    It is a prequel story, but involves the original story? Sounds like a remake, instead of a prequel.

    So the good Predator must have stopped the bad after the bad one stole Blaine's body?  Why didn't the good Predator, just leave?  Why did he stay?   I am confused on this one.  Sounds like crap
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