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‘Prey’ Director Dan Trachtenberg To Helm Standalone Predator Movie, ‘Badlands’

It seems more alien-busting action is in the pipeline for fans, as development on a new film in the Predator universe is underway at 20th Century.

Predator Badlands Dan Trachtenberg

According to Deadline, Prey director Dan Trachtenberg is set to helm and write Badlands, a standalone entry slated to begin shooting later this year. Not much is known about its story, except that it will feature the titular extraterrestrial hunter and a female lead. Whether the film is set to bow in theatres or steam exclusively on Hulu remains unclear, with a release date yet to be locked in.

Prey, serving as a prequel to the first four movies (Predator, Predator 2, Predators, and The Predator) in the franchise, was first released in 2022. It broke Hulu’s records for the most-watched premiere for a single release, and earned some of the best reviews in the franchise’s history. A sequel is believed to still be in early development with main lead Amber Midthunder potentially returning, but nothing official has been announced.

“A skilled Comanche warrior protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe,” reads the synopsis for Prey.

Considering the success of Prey, it’s unsurprising that 20th Century wants to expand on the long-running universe with Badlands. Penning the script alongside Trachtenberg is Patrick Aison, whose writing credits include Prey and the upcoming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.