Watch: Dan Trachtenberg on Prey violence and making original franchise films
Director Dan Trachtenberg says there has never been a hint other than his Predator movie Prey he would have to mitigate his violence to get a PG-13 certificate.
The 10 Cloverfield Lane The director’s film delves back in time to describe a group of Comanche warriors, including Amber Midthunder’s heroine Naru, who struggle for survival when a Predator comes near their home.
It’s a visceral and gory action tale – and rated 16 on Disney + – that sets it apart as something of a freak in a Hollywood landscape who often prefers to smooth the edge of movies to secure a more permissible age rating.
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“The Predator the franchise is really known for being highly rated R, with one exception in one of the AvP film, “Trachtenberg told Yahoo.
He added: “Its roots are in the language of slasher movies, so I really wanted to embrace what I think people have started to enjoy about it. Predator movie.
“I wanted to add a few more elements, but we had to embrace, I think, brutality. For sure, that’s a key component of the franchise.”
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Trachtenberg is developing a reputation for unconventional spins on franchised material, having reinvented it Cloverfield before and now by delivering to Predator different movie from any previous entry in the series.
The 41-year-old said this trend in his career is “unintentional,” but reflects the dominance of franchise material in today’s film industry.
Trachtenberg said: “Of course, making films in franchise has become the standard. Most of the films we make today, not all, but most of them, are IP-centric, so I think it’s smart to use that as a platform for tell an original story
“I’m certainly not the only person doing this by far. I think Marvel movies have become a kind of platform for any genre. I don’t think they’re all just superhero movies.
“They are the places where we take our political thrillers, our adventure films and our science fiction. We have all genres just on one truly unique platform. I tried to watch. [Prey] even so”.
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Despite joining an established franchise with name recognition, Trachtenberg said his most enigmatic title was in its original-toned place, which he sent to 20th Century Studios while they were still shooting the 2018 Shane Black movie. The predator.
Trachtenberg said: “I thought the only chance this film had to go into production as soon as possible – which is always interesting for a director – was to say that whatever you’re doing with the Predator franchise, you can also make this movie, kind of like Thief One And Solo went out with the principal [Star Wars] trilogy.
“I thought it would be better to give them a title that reflected that idea. That title has stayed around because, of course, it works so similar to Predator.
“It has the same double meaning, but it also suggests that this is his thing too.”
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Prey features a brief tease about a sequel during the animated credits, and although Trachtenberg said there is “nothing to talk about” in terms of the sequel, he admitted that “he’d like to do more. Predator film, for sure “.
Whatever happens next, his first try with Prey is available to stream via Disney + on August 5.
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