We spoke with producer Jhane Myers about the upcoming Predator prequel that pits a Comanche woman warrior against a marauding extraterrestrial.
Let’s not mince words: Prey boldly kicks Predator ass like Predator ass has never been kicked before.
That’s because, this time, an ancestor of the interplanetary huntsman who dared tangle with Arnold Schwarzenegger way back in 1987’s sequel-spawning Predator is up against an arguably more formidable foe. Specifically: The prequel, directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), has one of the marauding monsters stalking game — human and otherwise — in the Northern Great Plains of 1719, dangerously close to a Comanche camp where Naru, a determined young woman dynamically played by Amber Midthunder, has been itching to prove herself as a fearless warrior.
Looks like Naru finally gets her chance when the extraterrestrial interloper arrives. But is she up to the challenge?
Set to premiere Aug. 5 on Hulu, where it will be presented with the history-making option of a Comanche language soundtrack, Prey is a sensationally exciting and impressively inventive thriller that is not for the faint of heart — things get pretty violent as the body count mounts — but most certainly is for anyone who enjoys a monster rally with audacious twists on genre conventions.
We recently spoke with producer Jhane Myers in the C&I Studio about the making of Prey, the importance of reaching a Native American audience, and the reason why Amber Midthunder — whom we saluted as a rising Native American star in our April 2022 issue — was the perfect choice to portray a woman warrior who stands her ground against a Predator.