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Predator 5 Is Coming! Directed By 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg!

In what seems like pretty surprising news, despite the generally poor response to Shane Black’s The Predator, 20th Century Studios isn’t leaving the Predator franchise to fade into the ether just yet!

Deadline have just exclusively announced that Dan Trachtenberg, probably best known for directing 10 Cloverfield Lane in addition to episodes of Black Mirror and The Boys, will be directing a Predator 5 written by Patrick Aison. Aison’s writing credits don’t include any previous film work, but he has written for TV, most notably Amazon’s recent version of Jack Ryan.

20th Century Studios has engaged 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg to direct the fifth installment in the Predator series. The script is being written by Patrick Aison, whose producer/writer credits include the series Kingdom, Jack Ryan and Treadstone.

While Deadline wasn’t able to go into specifics of the plot of Predator 5, we do actually have some story details for you! Alien vs. Predator Galaxy has known about this upcoming Predator 5 for a little while now.  Now bear with us on this one because it is going to seem like a leap.

 Predator 5 Is Coming! Directed By 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg!

In December of 2019, Discussing Film exclusively announced that Trachtenberg was developing a film with 20th Century Studios and Disney called Skulls, also written by Patrick Aison and was to be producer by long time Predator series producer John Davis. Discussing Film also provided some small details about Skulls’ plot.

‘Skulls’ will follow a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior.

This small bit of information marries up with what Alien vs. Predator Galaxy was told regarding the upcoming Predator 5. According to our own sources Predator 5 will be set in the past (finally!) where it will focus around Native Americans before the territories were taken by the American settlers, featuring a First Nations cast. It seems quite likely that Skulls is actually Predator 5, perhaps a working title or codename.

 Predator 5 Is Coming! Directed By 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg!

The Predator series has explored Native American culture in the past, most notably within the comic and novelisation Predator: Big Game, the second of Dark Horse’s Predator series. This wouldn’t be the first time that a Predator film has looked to the expanded universe for inspiration, with Predator 2 featuring many similarities to Dark Horse’s very first Predator story, something we recently explored!

Thanks to Whos_Nicks for the heads up regarding both Deadline’s announcement, and making the connection to Skulls! Make sure you stick with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest Predator 5 news! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien and Predator fans on our forums!



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  1. overthere

    Is it the same location though? Predator was set in Central or South America (Guatemala in fact if you take Isabella's statement in Predators as canon).

    Where is this one set? Sounded to me like it's in the ballpark

    Don't take what I said the wrong way. I'm all for the female protagonist to win. I'm just saying it's Disney, expect a happy ending.

    It could be a win-win situation. Predator is impressed with the lead character and leaves respectfully or something. Like she trips and breaks her leg and Predator thinks its cheap to kill her then and says "I'll be back!" and winks with a smile.
  2. Prez
    Calling it now, the Predator from this movie will turn out to be the Jungle Hunter from the original. The location is the same and Anna talks about this happening often enough that there's a legend about it. That's our guy.

    Is it the same location though? Predator was set in Central or South America (Guatemala in fact if you take Isabella's statement in Predators as canon).
  3. overthere
    Calling it now, the Predator from this movie will turn out to be the Jungle Hunter from the original. The location is the same and Anna talks about this happening often enough that there's a legend about it. That's our guy.
  4. ED-E
    @Predator is talking here
    Because established directors/writers are not hired guns, they work on movies they want to and that's rarely sequel X in a franchise. Even if you drop insane amounts of money to hire them, they will half ass their way through it just to fullfill the contract.

    John McTiernan and Jim/John Thomas as writer were nobodys at the time they made Predator. Shane Black was an established director and even more so as writer (he even had ties to the first Predator) and yet his Predator movie sucked hard.
  5. skhellter
    Kinda don't want to see any wypipo in this.

    Would be cool to have a story focused 100% on a first nations cast.

    (but hey, if the Predator also wants to hunt some cowboys.. i won't complain..)


    The stranger had a Big Plasmacaster at his shoulder..



  6. Hollywood
    So...who would you all like to see star in this?

    Not many name actors can pass as Comanche but there are some. There's also the possibility of casting actors to play United States settlers and members of the Spanish Army. So who do you want to see in this film?
  7. Highland
    Maybe they were planning to market it as an original film, and reveal the Predator connection only once it's released, when people watch it.

    Whatever way you spin the reveal , it would have been pointless. A reveal like that only works if your audience is hanging for a Predator movie, which lets face it, they aren't.

    Don't think we need to turn Predator into some Art house movie either. Predators was completely fine and if it weren't for the dodgy mid section and slight wastage of characters it would still be one of the best Predator movies.

    I think it will be a Hitchcockesque movie, with a twist that will include real monsters, just not our beloved Predators. Regarding the so-called connection, I think it will be something like...

    https://i.ibb.co/b1r9sHn/zfarpr464sh21.jpg

    I'd be game. Budget would be a concern. The plot leak sounds like it'll be more of a straight forward affair though.
  8. Immortan Jonesy
    Maybe they were planning to market it as an original film, and reveal the Predator connection only once it's released, when people watch it.

    Whatever way you spin the reveal , it would have been pointless. A reveal like that only works if your audience is hanging for a Predator movie, which lets face it, they aren't.

    Don't think we need to turn Predator into some Art house movie either. Predators was completely fine and if it weren't for the dodgy mid section and slight wastage of characters it would still be one of the best Predator movies.

    I think it will be a Hitchcockesque movie, with a twist that will include real monsters, just not our beloved Predators. Regarding the so-called connection, I think it will be something like...

    https://i.ibb.co/b1r9sHn/zfarpr464sh21.jpg
  9. Highland
    Maybe they were planning to market it as an original film, and reveal the Predator connection only once it's released, when people watch it.

    Whatever way you spin the reveal , it would have been pointless. A reveal like that only works if your audience is hanging for a Predator movie, which lets face it, they aren't.

    Don't think we need to turn Predator into some Art house movie either. Predators was completely fine and if it weren't for the dodgy mid section and slight wastage of characters it would still be one of the best Predator movies.

  10. Gilfryd
    Trachtenberg is a solid choice, hopefully it's a pleasant surprise like 10 Cloverfield Lane was. (And not a turd like The Cloverfield Paradox.)

    Predator and Predator 2 are the base. Drink from that fountain and forget about hybridism, super predators, giant predators, predator dogs and all that junk that came after. We just want another good Predator movie. Is it too much to ask?

    +1
  11. Ahsoka
    Maybe they were planning to market it as an original film, and reveal the Predator connection only once it's released, when people watch it.
  12. Immortan Jonesy
    As a child (7 years old) I saw the Klingons as humanized Predators. Back then I had no idea of ​​any of these universes.  Still don't have idea, but at least now I know they are two separate species from two different universes / IPs  :laugh:
  13. Voodoo Magic
    Like Apocalypto, I think this film fully subtitled but heavy on the cinematography, short on the dialogue, show not tell, could be something spectacular! The thought gives me chills!


    I do love that they are this race/gang/whatever of intergalactic assholes that go around from world to world killing things for sport, but I don't see anything "honorable" there.

    I'd suspect there's a lot of acts of "honor" and "dishonor" in many cultures in this world that one may find unappetizing, so it's important to take oneself out of the equation. Meaning: Having an honor code, and having an honor code you personally agree with is not synonymous. :)
  14. Phobos
    Apocalypto was a great movie. But this is going to be a Predator film and I have to agree with [cancerblack]. I don't think subtitles for a movie like this would be a good idea.
  15. Predator is talking here
    Why doesn’t Disney Fox hire a established director and writer for the next installment. We have been down this road too many times hiring no name directors (Strauss brothers) Nimród Antal emend though I enjoy Predators, Paul Anderson made a decent Avp but his movies are mostly game inspired films
  16. Nightmare Asylum
    I'm a fan of the movies (mainly the first two, especially the second, and to some degree Predators) but I am not so much a fan of the "lore" and franchise surrounding them. Especially stuff like The Predator and the AVPs, what with all of these factions and ranks and whatnot.

    Sci-fi horror in general is something that I absolutely love, though. And I love westerns as well, so if this new one can play into those elements and synthesize them into something that really delivers, then hardcore Predator fan or not, that sounds like a film that I can very much get into.

    I mean, what is the point of having a unique alien race if they are just wearing the "kill everything" hat. Why should a highly intelligent and cognitive race should not have some degree of interesting culture and lore that differentiate itself from other aliens and creatures in media?

    Again, the kill everything mentality works on Aliens but we are talking about Predators here. You can't fit that mindset on those beings. They aren't a hivemind like the xenos are.

    Alien fans should just leave Predator lore be.

    Hmm, given your response here, I think I may have explained my intent poorly. Let me rephrase.

    What I like to see from Predator isn't a "kill everything" mentality, nor do I want to diminish the creatures' intelligence. They are clearly sentient creatures and should absolutely be treated as such.

    The point I was trying to make in my earlier posts is more that I don't really care for the idea that the Predators (or "Yautja" if you will :-X ) have one universal code of honor among their entire race. I just don't see any evidence of that in those first two films, and I feel that that kind of generalization of their entire species lessens them immensely. I do love that they are this race/gang/whatever of intergalactic assholes that go around from world to world killing things for sport, but I don't see anything "honorable" there. I prefer the idea that each individual in the species handles their hunts the way that they individually choose to (or the way that their particular "clan" chooses to), rather there being some code of honor that they all follow to a T.

    But like you said, I'm an Alien fan first and foremost, and maybe my read on the Predator films isn't quite up to snuff. I am, by definition, very much a "casual" fan of the Predator films, and that just happens to be my read on the first couple movies and reflects what I personally would like to see explored in the next one.
  17. [cancerblack]
    When did everyone go anti lore all of a sudden?

    Guess they are just The Predator fans....


    Hey, no need for that kind of insult.


    I mean, what is the point of having a unique alien race if they are just wearing the "kill everything" hat. Why should a highly intelligent and cognitive race should not have some degree of interesting culture and lore that differentiate itself from other aliens and creatures in media?


    Because while overt themes are fine, sometimes mystery and questions and myth are better than detailed lore. Especially when it's Steve Perry who gets the ball rolling on the expansion.



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    Again, the kill everything mentality works on Aliens but we are talking about Predators here. You can't fit that mindset on those beings. They aren't a hivemind like the xenos are.

    Literally nobody is saying that. It's not zero sum.



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    Alien fans should just leave Predator lore be.

    Only if you guys can keep Predator out of future Alien stuff. Then we have a deal.


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  18. Mr.Turok
    This could really good. I hope the Native Americans don't speak english in the movie and there would be subtitles.

    As much as I would absolutely love that, I doubt the studio or the general audience would go for it, unfortunately. :-\

    Idk about that, Apocalypto did pretty good. Plus, inject some native culture to the general audience anyway, people aren't that shallow to not take interest in something new. Especially native american culture, which is rare to see that in today's media.

    Looking at the wider Predator existence's missing the point in my opinion, Predator at its best walks a fine line in understanding what it's doing enough to nearly grasp the fundamentals but not entirely, I think of the last thing King Willie says before he's decapitated or Anna's iconic monologue, memorable and mythical because of the actions taken, their appearance, and violence.

    I suppose its finding the right balance in storytelling I suppose. I do love the appeal that we know about them through the stories and myths that they leave behind. At the same time, I am never against exploring more indepth look of Predator culture in other media like the S.D Perry novels. Or even showing new cultural traits like Predator 2 did. I just don't see the loss of appeal, its still an incredible, dangerous, and near mythical being.


    Then only leaving stories in their empty wake, the kind of thing that might be waiting for you down that old alley, wherever in the world.

    One of the appeal is though that Predator isn't Freddy or Jason to the normal person. Its like Predator is to human military/warrior as Jason is to horny teenagers. Not even highly armed and skilled professional solders are safe from the horror genre when Predator comes into play. They would fall to Predator where they might triumph over Jason or Michael Myers.

  19. the guy
    Predator and Predator 2 are the base. Drink from that fountain and forget about hybridism, super predators, giant predators, predator dogs and all that junk that came after. We just want another good Predator movie. Is it too much to ask?
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