- Warning: If you haven’t watched “The Prey,” spoilers below.
- Director Dan Trachtenberg talks to Insider about the Predator 2 Easter eggs.
- He explains how the YouTuber can help make this happen.
Fans of Predator rejoice. Hulu’s “Prey” is a worthy addition to the series, as this gory image of an alien killer coming to Earth for the first time provides ultra-violent action and a powerful story about a woman seeking to become a leader.
On top of that, director Dan Trachtenberg (“10 Cloverfield Lane”) deftly includes unique callbacks to the “Predator” series, including the origins of the “Predator 2” logo in the 1990s.
Set in 1719, The Prey follows Naru (Amber Midthunder) on his journey to become a Comanche warrior who sets out in the woods to slay a beast that, unbeknownst to her, is A killer from another planet.
After Naru helped a white settler who was also hunting predators, he gave her a flintlock in return. In her final battle with the Predator, the pistol was one of the things she used to fight it.
In the film’s final clip, Naaru returns to her tribe with the predator’s head, signaling that the threat is over. Then she handed the pistol to the elder of the tribe. He looked at the engraving on it, which read: “Raphael Adolini 1715”.
This is a callback to Predator 2.
At the end of that film, set in Los Angeles in 1997, Danny Glover’s character, Lt. Harrigan of the Los Angeles Police Department, gets that precise pistol from the Predator.
The idea for the pistol came when Trachtenberg decided to set the story in the 18th century
Trachtenberg told Insider that the idea of including a pistol in the film came very early in the development of Prey.
“The first thing that came to mind was the idea of making a movie with a Native American protagonist, especially the Comanche,” Trachtenberg said, as he wanted to insert the Predator earlier than ever.
“Then the ‘Predator 2’ lightbulb went off, and I thought, that’s the date, that’s where we should be,” he continued. “The pistol might even be what I initially pitched to the studio.”
However, this pistol already has an origin story.
Predator gets pistol from pirate in comics
in July 1996 Dark Horse Comics anthology series titled “Predator: 1718” There was a predator fighting a pirate named Raphael Adolini who gave him a pistol before he died.
That’s what Predator creators Jim and John Thomas had in mind for a sequel to the series in the mid-1990s.
Trachtenberg said he didn’t know the idea of a comic or a sequel when he and screenwriter Patrick Eisen were developing Prey, but has been telling history since.
“I only learned about it when I was making the movie,” he said. “I’m expecting that when we get approval, we’ll get the Predator Bible. ‘Here’s all the information you need: the words we used, all the weapons we’ve used.’ It just doesn’t exist in the studio. No continuity.”
This led to a challenge when it was necessary to track the pistol strut.
A YouTuber Created the Pistol You See in ‘The Prey’
Trachtenberg said he did not know the location of the Predator 2 pistol, assuming it was buried deep in the Fox Studios archives. So “Prey” prop master James Rosenthal was tasked with making it. But in the process, Rosenthal got a huge breakthrough.
“He ended up watching a fan vlogger making replica weapons on YouTube,” Trachtenberg said. “There’s a ‘Predator 2’ gun on the shelf behind him in the shot. So he reaches out to that vlogger and says, ‘I need that. This looks better than anything I can do.'” So in the movie The pistol was bought from this guy’s shelf. “
that’s right. A “Predator” fan made a pistol in “The Prey.”
Trachtenberg thinks it will be fun to continue pistol journey in ‘Prey’ sequel
Now, the “Prey” sequel needs to figure out how to get the pistol into the hands of the Predator so that the scenes in “Predator 2” make sense. Trachtenberg admits he’s not too worried.
“I don’t think we’ve drawn ourselves into a corner,” he said. “One thing shouldn’t drive any sequels, but like in this movie, it’s fun to continue to include making lore out of something that’s just an idea. Take it.”
While no sequel has been announced, the prospects look good. Trachtenberg says the end credits of the cartoon, created by seven Aboriginal artists, show the Predator spacecraft returning to Earth in revenge.
Trachtenberg said he has ideas on how to move forward.
“I’ve been thinking about this movie since third grade, so there must be something interesting to me in this universe,” he said. “It would be great if more could be done.”
Prey is currently available on Hulu.