Dan Trachtenberg, director of Prey, explains why he wanted to set his film in 1719
Director of Prey, Dan Trachtenberg, explains why the new film in the saga is set in the past. The film takes place in 1719 and follows a young Comanche warrior named Naru (Amber Midthunder) who tries to protect his tribe while they are being chased by an alien predator.
Positive reactions to the Prey movie have already begun to surface, with many calling it the best film in the franchise since the original 1987 film starring Prey. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Comparisons include that both films take place in the wild and the intrigue surrounding the Predator’s presence as a stealthy being is another important aspect. Additionally, there has been praise for Midthunder’s performance.
In an interview with Film Updates, the director talks about setting Prey 300 years ago, highlighting Native American characters, specifically Comanches. Trachtenberg also comments that his purpose was to portray indigenous characters outside of their historical portrayals in westerns, so Prey is set when the Comanches were strongest.
“Why not do it in the past? I think, well, mainly because I wanted to make a movie about protagonists that we never see as the protagonists of a movie, these being Native Americans and Comanches specifically, so it lent itself to being set in the past. And I just want to go beyond where we normally see Native Americans appear in a western, in a cowboy movie, in the 19th century. So I just wanted to go further back, to the height of the Comanche empire.”
Along with Midthunder, a member of the tribu Siouxthe film stars other indigenous actors such as Stormee Kipp, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush y Julian Black Antelope. The acclaimed producer Jhane Myers he is also part of the film and is a member of the Comanche tribe. Additionally, Prey will be the first film to be released with a full Comanche language dub, apart from the English release.