Predator 5 “Skulls” Rumours

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Predator 5 is the nickname of the next prospective sequel after Shane Black’s 2018 The Predator. On this page, you can find news and rumours of the potential Predator sequel. Its shooting name is Skulls though in a recent interview, producer John Davis called it Skull.

 Predator 5 "Skulls" Rumours

Dan Trachtenberg is directing the sequel!

Predator 5 Current Status

As of 27th July 2021, the new Predator film is three quarters through production and filming is rumoured to finish on August 28th.

Recent History

Prior to The Predator being released, producer John Davis said had aspirations to keep the Predator series going with at least two more sequels.

The producer says that “The Predator” will set up two sequels that he hopes Black will return to direct. But Black doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.

“I would love to say we’ve been planning a trilogy, but I take one day at a time,” he cautions. “In motion-picture terms that’s one movie at a time.”

Dan Trachtenberg, along with another writer, approached John Davis while they were filming 2018’s The Predator with an idea for a new Predator film. They couldn’t start production on a new film until they’d finished the previous one so there was a lot of secrecy. On November 20, 2020, it was 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.

The special effects in Skulls will be handled once again by StudioADI who worked on numerous Alien and Predator films.

Predator 5 “Skulls” Cast

Casting for Skulls has been shrouded in secrecy and very little has been released so far. We do know Amber Midthunder will be playing the lead role of Kee. She’s best known for her roles in the television series Legion and Roswell.  Stefany Mathias tried out for the role of Aruka, the mother of Kee and Taabe.

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Return?

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Return to Predator? Predator 5 "Skulls" Rumours

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Return to Predator?

Arnold Schwarengger has been rumoured to appear in every Predator or Alien vs Predator film since the original but for one reason or another, it never transpired. In an early draft for The Predator, Arnold’s character Dutch appeared in the closing moments of the film. He emerges from a chopper and asks Quinn, Casey and Rory to come with him. Schwarzenegger was very unhappy with the script and refused to take part, saying he’d only do it if “there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role.” Given how Skulls is set a few hundred years ago, I would say it’s extremely unlikely Dutch will make any appearance.

Predator 5 Storyline

21-Nov-20: As Predator 5 was announced, the story is rumoured to be set in the past. It will focus around Native Americans before the territories were taken by the American settlers, featuring a First Nations cast. 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.

12-Feb-21: We do have a production synopsis:

“The story will follow Kee, a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior. Many years ago – in a time before any Europeans had ever encroached on their lands – the Comanche people had a well defined society and gender norms.  Kee is very close to her younger brother, Taabe, who is being groomed as a leader.  As capable as any young man in the tribe, Kee has always been a teacher and source of inspiration for Taabe.  In the Comanche way – she is Patsi – the elder sister that has helped to shape him.  Kee is a truth teller and has insight that others do not.  A tomboy, she wants to prove herself in the masculine world of the Comanche.  When danger threatens them all – Kee sets out to prove that she is as capable as any young warrior.”

27-Jul-21: Producer John Davis said Skulls is more similar to The Revenant than any other Predator film.

Potential Stories Prior To Skulls

Before The Predator was announced, the most popular idea was Rodriguez returning to do a direct sequel to Predators with Adrien Brody again. Rodriguez stated in July 2010 that he had a few ideas for Predator 4. He said Predators sets up a new story, new location and a new world for a potential sequel. If Rodriguez isn’t involved, it could be a completely new story.

“[The studio] said, ‘Let’s do some other ones. What other story ideas do you have?’” says the filmmaker. “Because it was like, let’s test out the market with this one. They really wanted it to be pretty contained, pretty scaled-back. They didn’t want to put too many of the ideas into it that we could save for a second one. So we could see what the appetite was, because the bigger movie would actually be what comes following that. That kind of sets up a new storyline, new location and world, and then you can really go crazy from there.”Robert Rodriguez

Predator During Blizzard Predator 5 "Skulls" Rumours

Predator During Blizzard?

There were all sorts of ideas for a new Predator sequel floating around over the years. Prior to Predators been made, there are about three scripts for Predator 3 circulating around the globe. The first, written by Sam Park, is called Predator 3: The Deadlier of the Species and features Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, Dutch, in New York during a blizzard. A Predator comes to New York and tracks down Dutch to try and kill him.

The second script, written by Robert Rodriguez, is called Predators and is set on a 17th century ship where a Predator stalks the crewman who have to fight with inferior weaponry. Rodriguez did speak about his script during an interview at the beginning of 2004 and said it was rejected because the budget would have been too big – about $150m. The third and final script is called The Zoo which brings back both Dutch from Predator and Harrigan from Predator 2 and they are captured and brought back to the Predator homeworld because they were the only two people to have ever killed a Predator.

I wrote an interesting article about where a Predator sequel could take place and includes locations such as World War 2, a Galleon ship or the Predator homeworld.

Production

Filming on Skulls was supposed to begin filming in May 2021 but was delayed. It began filming on the 7th of June in Calgary, Canada and will end on 28th of August.

Rating

Producer John Davis said, in July 2021, the film was visualised as a R-Rated picture but it could easily be PG-13 once its cut together.

As far as the tone of the film goes, Davis said it “it all depends on how you end up cutting it, right? It was conceived as an R-rated movie. It could easily end up PG-13. I guess I’m going to find out what it has to be or what it is when it’s all cut together.”

Latest Skulls News

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New Predator Film “Skulls” Production Update & Speculation ()
“It’s The Ingenuity Of A Human Being Who Won’t Give Up” – Producers John Davis and John Fox Talk Predator 5 Details! ()
First Look at Costumes in New Predator Film “Skulls” ()

Related Links

Robert Rodriguez Predators Script – His original Predators script from 1996.

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Comments: 72
  1. I love how Hollywood fails to recognize is how the fans don’t care about the humans, the only one that truly was impactful was Dutch, still, I hope this movie can at least bring a bit of Yautja POV…and since the movie is in the past will the characters speak fluent English or will be in their native language? (that would be cool)
    I’m so confused.


  2. I do not understand, is it just going to be released as SKULLS or PREDATOR 5 SKULLS.

    If the name of the predator film is changed I know a lot of people including me would not like it.Ive been waiting years for a sequel and if it’s like AVPR I’ll be royally pissed


  3. Don’t get me wrong, but I loved The Predator. But the one thing that ruined it was putting comedy in the film..


  4. i’ve always said i think the next predator film should be set in the future in space. picture it now, a slow pan of a usc ship in space, hypersleep pods opening and colonial marines waking up. the movie proceeds like alien one, crew members being picked off one by one from a silent invisible assassin. finding some people strung up and skinned. then introduce the predator. just basically alien but replace nostromo crew with colonial marines and the alien with predator. job done.


  5. “The producer says that “The Predator” will set up two sequels that he hopes Black will return to direct. But Black doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.” WHY ARE SEQUALS FROM THAT ABOMINATION EVEN BEING CONSIDERD? DO THEY NOT KNOW HOW MUCH THEY PISSED OF THE FANS WITH THAT FAILURE? 😒
    I need some heavy alcohol for this….


  6. What ever the script it needs to be dark and somewhat graphic with the fear factor amped up. Kevin Peter Hall gave the predator an elegant yet powerful persona that has never been recreated. They are the most dangerous, formidable beings let’s show it


  7. Predator in the past would be interesting. Native Americans and first Colonists fighting with old weapons. Maybe take the predator to midevil times and have a group of knight trying to survive an encounter. All the we need is a predator movie with more predator and less human.


  8. I’ve always been an Arnold fan but sadly at age 74 a face-off against the predator wouldn’t be believable considering what it took to kill the first one when he was in his prime!. Predators with Adrian brodie i personally think was better than Predator 2, Don’t get me wrong it was alright but Danny Glover carried the movie to some standard coming off a Lethal Weapon high, Now Mr Glover is even older than Arbold so he ain’t gonna be doing combat rolls and mid air dives while wielding a shotgun anymore. Shane blacks latest version was a fucking joke! It had a shit cast of B grade actors at best with the lead role going to a guy that looked like he couldn’t wait to get the fuck off set! Autism the next step in the human evolution!, Fucking righteo get off the soy latte’s idiot! Bahaha…. Its 2020 are chances of it not being a shitty PC woke cash grab are slim the last thing this needs to be is a “Terminator dark fate” nail in the coffin finale fuck you!!. but if they have a decent director that’s wanting to make a profit and not destroy the last chance they have on keeping this flame alive then get Adrian back and continue Rodriguez story.


  9. To PredatorHARDCOREfullonFAN Depends on how far in development they’re in, if they’re filming some time in 2021 working around the Pandemic we may get this movie released in either 2022 or 2023, if movie theaters aren’t around any more it’ll go straight to streaming.

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  10. This new movie by Shane Blacks was horrible. It tried to be almost a comedy. Gone is the fierce and scary that was Predator.
    The original- ‘Predator’, and ‘Predators’ were solid scripts.
    I would love intensity to be brought back!


  11. Just go with the predators Shane and the siw with mun and Drama on set just keep Shane away from this trash the super predators heads. Need to be scaled down


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