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