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Predator 5 Director Dan Trachtenberg Shares Look At Practical Earth-Bound Prey

The upcoming fifth Predator film with the current working title of ‘Skulls’ is nearing the end of Production in Calgary, Canada. It’s literally scheduled to wrap today but it’s not currently known if it will be extended yet again.

The director of the film, Dan Trachtenberg has been occasionally sharing tidbits from the set to Instagram, recently showing off himself wearing a Predator themed hoodie as well as some practical green blood in a container. After these two images below we’ll be showing his most recent post which could be considered a significant spoiler, so be warned if you continue!

 Predator 5 Director Dan Trachtenberg Shares Look At Practical Earth-Bound Prey

 Predator 5 Director Dan Trachtenberg Shares Look At Practical Earth-Bound Prey
The content of his latest post pretty much confirms a suspected plot point of the film.

In our recent reporting of the ongoing production, a stunt crew T-shirt shared to an Instagram story by Jung Jin Park showed an animal skull that appeared to be that of bear.

With Dan Trachtenberg’s Instagram post featuring a video of a creature performer wearing an incomplete Bear suit, it seems that this will indeed be an animal featured in the film.

 

While we know that creature effects workshop StudioADI has been involved with the production, we don’t know if this is a creation by them or another team. It’s also entirely possible that this practical bear is a stand in for lighting reference to be later replaced with computer generated imagery.

Another recent post by Trachtenberg caught our attention, this one apparently a snapshot of a production daily on a camera field monitor featuring two small furry animals:

 Predator 5 Director Dan Trachtenberg Shares Look At Practical Earth-Bound Prey

Could these potentially be practical effects or lighting reference stand ins for bear cubs?

It remains to be seen if the bear will be the hunting target of a Predator or the Native American hunters featured in the film, perhaps it will be of both!

If it is to be the prey of a Predator, it will be the first time we’ve seen such a thing on the screen, but not the first time they’ve hunted these animals in the expanded universe. Predator encounters with bears are known by fans from the 1997 Dark Horse Comic ‘Predator: Primal’ and also the 2008 Steve Perry DH Press novel ‘Predator: Turnabout.’

 Predator 5 Director Dan Trachtenberg Shares Look At Practical Earth-Bound Prey

With the movie’s principal photography coming to a close, hopefully it won’t be too much of a wait before some marketing of the film begins ramping up!

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  1. ace3g


    QuoteAnd...it's a wrap on Skulls!!! Urako @dannytrs and our amazing film family @ambermidthunder, @dakota_beavers ,@stefany_mathias , @dd @jeff_cutter, @jenn_din,@owennnwright, @soonias @dakona_rabbit, @warrenbigbull, @jaden_holle, @jarrettwoyoungmen and everyone 'that was given 'er' as they say up here!
    Stay tuned!!!! #Skulls #Predator #comanchepov
  2. Clubroot
    It makes sense they wrapped it up already. Amber Midthunder has recently been moved up to the main cast in the cw Roswell NM show. They already begun shooting Season 4 and Amber will most likely fly back to Santa Fe NM to join the cast
    Lets hope Skulls delivers #TrustDan
  3. ace3g
    It is interesting that Kyle Strauts wasn't mentioned in that post.




    DD replied in the post, get hyped #TeamSasquatch


    Quotedd
    Verified
    was a pleasure being your sasquatch
    1h
  4. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: ace3g on Sep 12, 2021, 12:51:33 PM
    QuoteAnd that's a wrap on Skulls! Can't thank @dannytrs enough for inviting me along on this epic journey and entrusting me to help achieve his vision for this film!

    God I hope his vision for this film is good... No over the top things, no forced collaboration between preds and humans (we got enough of that IMO), just a gritty and dark survival movie, violent, implacable. Aaaand with a great pred design of course !  ;D

    To be fully honest, at this point, just a better looking pred than what we recently got, even far from great, would be enough for me.
  5. ace3g
    Another day, another BTS video from Dane Diliegro's IG story




    **IMDb finally listed a cast member for Skulls ........ Amber Midthunder



    That's a wrap

    QuoteAnd that's a wrap on Skulls! Can't thank @dannytrs enough for inviting me along on this epic journey and entrusting me to help achieve his vision for this film! Thanks to a great cast led by @ambermidthunder, @dakotabeavers and @dd and much love to a brave Calgary crew for diving headfirst in with us! #skulls #predator

  6. Baron Von Marlon
    Quote from: nanison on Sep 12, 2021, 03:16:32 AM
    Wow big ape, maybe this is where tales of yeti's and bigfoots come from. Imagine the brute strength it must have had!

    Same. I imagine campfire tales, being told over and over again, over the ages. At some point the creature and subject of the story might be extinct, but the stories live on. It's why mythical tales sometimes hold some kind of truth to them.
    I remember this piece about native Australians telling about giant crocodiles that used to live around there.
    Later on bones were found. Bones of what appeared to be giant crocodiles. Confirming the native Australian stories, or at least part of it.

    The series A Greek Odyssey with Bettany Hughes sometimes follow some ancient tale, which again holds some truths.

    There's early drawings of a rhino where it appears to have some kind of special armour for skin.
    Making it seem like a mythical creature. The skin part isn't true. But the strange animal with a horn part is.

    The truth... Is out there!
  7. Baron Von Marlon
    Now I keep thinking of the idea.

    Introducing the Gigantopithecus, an extinct genus of ape from the Early to Middle Pleistocene (when homo sapines was already around).
    Like a gorilla it spent most of his time on four legs, but for comparison the image below shows the size of one standing on his back legs.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Gigantopithecus_v_human_v1.svg

    If I was a predator, I'd see a challenge.
    If I was an early human, I'd be careful.

    Quote from: Master Chief on Sep 12, 2021, 01:52:34 AM
    @Baron Von Marlon - oh ok, I get you now, and I like that.

    Most of the credit goes to Voodoo. I only added the humans.
  8. Master Chief
    @Baron Von Marlon - oh ok, I get you now, and I like that.

    @SiL - Dude, it totally slipped my mind on how Dutch defeated the Predator. 🤦  And seeing that's how the hunter-gatherers hunted, it'll definitely work. And to keep it kind of fair, just give the Predator a bow with some arrows, a spear, and snare traps. This'll make for some good action.
  9. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Baron Von Marlon on Sep 10, 2021, 10:22:08 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 08:02:19 PM
    Errr... cavemen make me nervous. Not in general sense, they don't haunt me in my dreams or anything lol.... but it seems to be very hard to depict primitive cavemen on screen without a section of your audience viewing them as a source of comedy, no matter how hard you try to keep the tone serious. So personally, I'd pick a route without them. :)

    I didn't use the word primitive.
    By cavemen I mean homo sapiens, not some neanderthal type with a big forehead. 
    Basically it'd be skilled hunter/gatherer types like the native Americans we'll get to see in Skulls but with less fancy clothing, art,...

    Ah I got ya. Here, at least in the U.S , the term caveman is typically perceived as unintelligent prehistoric or primitive human beings. So that's where I thought you were going. :)
  10. SiL
    Dutch beat Anytime by dropping a log on its head. I am 100% sure a situation could occur where gravity + heavy thing = neolithic humans beating a Predator.

    It was kind of the point that only Dutch's resourcefulness and knowledge of more primitive skills (with a spicy dash of luck) saved him.

    "But Predator tech!"

    They can fly across space. They shoot plasma. They turn invisible. They don't get killed because they lack the tech necessary to defeat us, they get killed because they go out of their way to make it sporting. Wind us back a few thousand years and see them leaving the plasma casters and shurikens at home.

    I could dig it.
  11. Baron Von Marlon
    Quote from: Master Chief on Sep 11, 2021, 03:40:24 AM
    I understand what you're saying, but if a Predator can easily dispatch our best now, how could any of those curious hunters even come close to killing a Predator? All they had were sharp pokey things.

    I don't think you do. Apologies if I'm not clear enough.
    The hunters aren't going to hunt a predator. They're gonna look for whatever killed that other animal, out of human curiousity. 
    But the main storyline would be about a predator hunting animals.

    The humans are there to serve the story. As narrators and camera viewpoints.
    Like maybe one of the hunters says early on "It's hotter than usual for this time of the year". And later on some tribe elder says "When I was young my elders told tales about the god of hunters coming down to Earth..."

    Otherwise it'd be a movie with just the predator hunting animals, without any dialogue or humans present.
  12. Master Chief
    I understand what you're saying, but if a Predator can easily dispatch our best now, how could any of those curious hunters even come close to killing a Predator? All they had were sharp pokey things.

    Quote from: nanison on Sep 11, 2021, 02:05:49 AM
    Humans are crafty sons of bitches. They hunted down mammoths...
    Neanderthals were probably a lot smarter than we think as well not too mention a lot stronger.
    I personally don't think cavemen behaved like half apes, homo sapiens have always been well homo sapiens, intellectually capable, they weren't dumber than people are now. Put a modern human on a deserted island with no modern tools and no knowledge of things he read in books and he is no different than a human being of 150 000 years ago, surviving on his wits, trial and error but by logical thinking.
    You can easily resurrect a human of 200 000 years old and teach him how to drive a car.

    I hear you, fam, but there is no way those mammoth hunters would even come close to killing a Predator. This is just my opinion, of course.
  13. Baron Von Marlon
    Quote from: Master Chief on Sep 11, 2021, 01:42:21 AM
    The further we go back in time, the easier the "humans" would be to kill. They shouldn't even be worthy. 

    In this hypothetical scenario it's about a Predator hunting large now extinct animals.
    The humans are only there to observe and serve the story.

    Let's say some find a dead mammoth* missing his head and spine. Along with a few strange prints and some green stuff.
    The early humans would be surprised because it takes a group of them working together. They're the only people around so who or what could've done this?
    So they go out to try to track this mysterious being.
  14. nanison
    Humans are crafty sons of bitches. They hunted down mammoths...
    Neanderthals were probably a lot smarter than we think as well not too mention a lot stronger.
    I personally don't think cavemen behaved like half apes, homo sapiens have always been well homo sapiens, intellectually capable, they weren't dumber than people are now. Put a modern human on a deserted island with no modern tools and no knowledge of things he read in books and he is no different than a human being of 150 000 years ago, surviving on his wits, trial and error but by logical thinking.
    You can easily resurrect a human of 200 000 years old and teach him how to drive a car.
  15. Master Chief
    The further we go back in time, the easier the "humans" would be to kill. They shouldn't even be worthy. 

    Quote[...]the less you depict it like Harry from "Harry and the Hendersons"... the less risk.
    Bro, Harry would destroy a Predator in hand to hand combat. As would a bunch of Timberwolves.  :P

  16. Baron Von Marlon
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 08:02:19 PM
    Errr... cavemen make me nervous. Not in general sense, they don't haunt me in my dreams or anything lol.... but it seems to be very hard to depict primitive cavemen on screen without a section of your audience viewing them as a source of comedy, no matter how hard you try to keep the tone serious. So personally, I'd pick a route without them. :)

    I didn't use the word primitive.
    By cavemen I mean homo sapiens, not some neanderthal type with a big forehead. 
    Basically it'd be skilled hunter/gatherer types like the native Americans we'll get to see in Skulls but with less fancy clothing, art,...
  17. SiL
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 08:52:34 PM

    For me I believe the modifier here is how scary you make it. The less friendlier and goofy you design your Sasquatch... the less you depict it like Harry from "Harry and the Hendersons"... the less risk. 

    The more frightening you depict your Sasquatch monster, the more scary it becomes... the more threatening foe... and there's no risk of comedy at all (unless the suit looks bad of course)
    This thinking applies to cavemen too.

    Still a goofy idea to me.
  18. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 10, 2021, 08:34:13 PM
    That's how I feel about sasquatch.

    For me I believe the modifier here is how scary you make it. The less friendlier and goofy you design your Sasquatch... the less you depict it like Harry from "Harry and the Hendersons"... the less risk. 

    The more frightening you depict your Sasquatch monster, the more scary it becomes... the more threatening foe... and there's no risk of comedy at all (unless the suit looks bad of course)

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/86/a9/c9/86a9c9bddbbbeb80aa846ea3afcdb778.jpg

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7a/46/68/7a466872924a63fd3f6f4b8c5de0d173.jpg

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a1/76/4a/a1764a41cb10a0b886634154a2931135.jpg
  19. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Baron Von Marlon on Sep 10, 2021, 07:13:18 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 12:21:19 PM
    I would love to see a film capture something like this. A Predator on the hunt for prehistoric creatures. A story of hunt and survival. 80-90 minutes long. A movie with no dialogue. Think Josh* Brolin out in the desert in "No Country for Old Men".

    Damn would that be an expensive movie though.  :laugh:  One can dream I guess. Better to animate it perhaps, or develop it as a video game.

    * name correction edit

    You could add cavemen into the mix, so there be more and different viewpoints through the movie.
    They find the ravaged (headless) remains of a large animal that has no natural enemies, along with some strange prints and green stuff. They decide to track it.

    Errr... cavemen make me nervous. Not in general sense, they don't haunt me in my dreams or anything lol.... but it seems to be very hard to depict primitive cavemen on screen without a section of your audience viewing them as a source of comedy, no matter how hard you try to keep the tone serious. So personally, I'd pick a route without them. :)
  20. Baron Von Marlon
    Honestly think a predator with his claw and skills has a better chance of winning than a bear which is more brute force.

    Quote from: Mr.Turok on Sep 10, 2021, 06:15:27 AM
    Well, for local NA wildlife that can do a Predator some damage would be bears, wolves, bobcats, and cougars. Not much, but it would have some interesting fights. Its kind of why the idea of a Predator hunting right at the end of the Ice Age sounds like a great stand alone story to me, seeing how there was so much more deadlier wildlife back then like terror birds, short faced bears, dire wolves, sabertooth cats, american lion, and so much more, with the addition of a true first Predator encounter with ancient man. It was simply such a more brutal place to be around.

    For reference, this is a short faced bear which can be around 12-15ft tall standing up and hit the pounds by +1,000

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d2/fc/73/d2fc73041d388cf95bdb95cb55c13bc3.jpg

    This can definitely give the Predator a good hunt

    That's right. Animals were a lot bigger then.
    And there were all kinds of strange hybrids which would make nice replacements for mythical animals.

    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 12:21:19 PM
    I would love to see a film capture something like this. A Predator on the hunt for prehistoric creatures. A story of hunt and survival. 80-90 minutes long. A movie with no dialogue. Think Josh* Brolin out in the desert in "No Country for Old Men".

    Damn would that be an expensive movie though.  :laugh:  One can dream I guess. Better to animate it perhaps, or develop it as a video game.

    * name correction edit

    You could add cavemen into the mix, so there be more and different viewpoints through the movie.
    They find the ravaged (headless) remains of a large animal that has no natural enemies, along with some strange prints and green stuff. They decide to track it.
  21. Master Chief
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 01:32:28 PM
    Hmm. I don't know. Against a human, sure. But often bullets cannot even guarantee to pierce a Predator's hide, what can Wolf teeth really do? And Predators are so much heavier and solid than humans. I can imagine a Predator can lumber around with three wolves hanging onto him by their teeth gnawing away hopelessly. Wolves just seem more of a nuisance to a Predator than a threat.

    As I mentioned previously, a wolf pack would most likely harass a Predator, but a wounded one, that has been sliced open by a bear, would probably be different. 

    Predators are massive, but I can imagine a pack of 12 or so doing some damage to one.  Also, check the bite force of a Timberwolf.  If one can bite through moose bones in a couple of chomps, I'm sure a pack can inflict some damage to a injured Predator.
  22. seattle24
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Sep 10, 2021, 09:16:59 AM
    Quote from: Mr.Turok on Sep 10, 2021, 06:15:27 AM
    Well, for local NA wildlife that can do a Predator some damage would be bears, wolves, bobcats, and cougars. Not much, but it would have some interesting fights.

    Not much ? A big bear could totally wreck a pred IMO.

    I'm glad someone has said this. Hand-to-hand, a Grizzly would annihilate a Predator - I say this fully aware one creature is fictional and the other exists here in the present day.

    Was fortunate enough to see a couple of Grizzlies in Whistler and they are the real deal - terrifying.

    Has the potential to be a great match-up on screen.
  23. Voodoo Magic
    Hmm. I don't know. Against a human, sure. But often bullets cannot even guarantee to pierce a Predator's hide, what can Wolf teeth really do? And Predators are so much heavier and solid than humans. I can imagine a Predator can lumber around with three wolves hanging onto him by their teeth gnawing away hopelessly. Wolves just seem more of a nuisance to a Predator than a threat.
  24. Master Chief
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 04:21:11 AM
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 10, 2021, 02:30:06 AM
    First the Predator gets f**ked up fighting a bear, then as it tries to make its way back to camp it gets tracked by a wolf pack out for green meat. Bring it.

    And then when it tries to get back to its ship, a great white attacks!

    https://c.tenor.com/9K8pOWUlHqAAAAAC/batman-shark.gif
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 10, 2021, 04:34:19 AM
    As he fights it off, he accidentally sets his self destruct.

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR-U5odqSMmCr77W_Y-MiR_8mtLeOmBBTqY903SfEdvRKQZz4d32GBRNVxrATkT-tQ_4vo&usqp=CAU
    Quote from: Baron Von Marlon on Sep 10, 2021, 05:17:46 AM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 04:21:11 AM
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 10, 2021, 02:30:06 AM
    First the Predator gets f**ked up fighting a bear, then as it tries to make its way back to camp it gets tracked by a wolf pack out for green meat. Bring it.

    And then when it tries to get back to its ship, a great white attacks!

    https://c.tenor.com/9K8pOWUlHqAAAAAC/batman-shark.gif

    :laugh:

    https://comicvine1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/12/121913/2740860-2349493_o.gif

    ;D ;D  He's the Wile E. Coyote of the Predator race.

    But yeah, a wolf pack hunting a wounded Predator sounds good to me!
  25. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Mr.Turok on Sep 10, 2021, 06:15:27 AM
    Well, for local NA wildlife that can do a Predator some damage would be bears, wolves, bobcats, and cougars. Not much, but it would have some interesting fights. Its kind of why the idea of a Predator hunting right at the end of the Ice Age sounds like a great stand alone story to me, seeing how there was so much more deadlier wildlife back then like terror birds, short faced bears, dire wolves, sabertooth cats, american lion, and so much more, with the addition of a true first Predator encounter with ancient man. It was simply such a more brutal place to be around.

    For reference, this is a short faced bear which can be around 12-15ft tall standing up and hit the pounds by +1,000

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d2/fc/73/d2fc73041d388cf95bdb95cb55c13bc3.jpg

    This can definitely give the Predator a good hunt

    I would love to see a film capture something like this. A Predator on the hunt for prehistoric creatures. A story of hunt and survival. 80-90 minutes long. A movie with no dialogue. Think Josh* Brolin out in the desert in "No Country for Old Men".

    Damn would that be an expensive movie though.  :laugh:  One can dream I guess. Better to animate it perhaps, or develop it as a video game.

    * name correction edit
  26. Mr.Turok
    Well, for local NA wildlife that can do a Predator some damage would be bears, wolves, bobcats, and cougars. Not much, but it would have some interesting fights. Its kind of why the idea of a Predator hunting right at the end of the Ice Age sounds like a great stand alone story to me, seeing how there was so much more deadlier wildlife back then like terror birds, short faced bears, dire wolves, sabertooth cats, american lion, and so much more, with the addition of a true first Predator encounter with ancient man. It was simply such a more brutal place to be around.

    For reference, this is a short faced bear which can be around 12-15ft tall standing up and hit the pounds by +1,000

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d2/fc/73/d2fc73041d388cf95bdb95cb55c13bc3.jpg

    This can definitely give the Predator a good hunt
  27. Baron Von Marlon
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Sep 10, 2021, 04:21:11 AM
    Quote from: SiL on Sep 10, 2021, 02:30:06 AM
    First the Predator gets f**ked up fighting a bear, then as it tries to make its way back to camp it gets tracked by a wolf pack out for green meat. Bring it.

    And then when it tries to get back to its ship, a great white attacks!

    https://c.tenor.com/9K8pOWUlHqAAAAAC/batman-shark.gif

    :laugh:

    https://comicvine1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/12/121913/2740860-2349493_o.gif
  28. Baron Von Marlon
    Tigers hunt solo and like most (big) cats basically have one attack move that's the sneak run jump.
    If the pred's allowed to use his claw, I don't see it as that big of a challenge.

    Lions hunt in groups, that would be different.
    And one pred vs a group doesn't seem fair. But maybe there's a crazy pred out there looking for challenge.

    Personally give me a big croc or gator encounter.
    Possibly with predator talking sounds translated as "Crickey. Got a real big one over here."

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2c/98/40/2c9840554d60be07cab53b7b4f9b8ddb--indian-tribes-crocs.jpg

    While doing an image search, I got results mentioning native Americans being involved in alligator wrestling. Turns out it originated from their old hunting techniques, because they used to hunt and eat them.
  29. SiL
    First the Predator gets f**ked up fighting a bear, then as it tries to make its way back to camp it gets tracked by a wolf pack out for green meat. Bring it.
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