Wade: Prey producer Jhane Myers on the representation of Native Americans
Prey Producer Jhane Myers says the Native American portrayal in the film has the potential to “shift that Hollywood paradigm” around Native American portrayals.
The producer, who has worked on numerous projects involving Native American characters, praised the portrayal on both sides of the camera in the new Predator movie.
Directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, the film is set in the 1700s and follows a tribe of Comanche hunters who must defend themselves after the arrival of a Predator.
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Legion Star Amber Midthunder, who is a member of the Fort Peck Sioux tribe, leads the cast as the ax-wielding young woman Naru, who tries to prove she is a huntress as capable as men.
Prey It was shot in both English and Comanche, with streaming services set to broadcast both languages of the film, a source of pride for Myers.
“This is the first time there has been a brand new film shot in a native language,” he told Yahoo.
He added: “So I think this changes the Hollywood paradigm when they think about native content and shows that it can be done and it can be done on a large scale.”
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Despite the presence of dozens of native actors in the cast, it is noteworthy that the person in the director’s chair is a white man, something Myers had no doubts about.
He said, “When I read the script and when I interviewed Dan and talked to Dan, Dan’s heart is in the right place.
“It doesn’t matter that he’s not Native because mostly the entire cast is Native American.”
Myers also said that many of the Native American staff members working behind the scenes had their first hiatus from the film and are now still working in the industry.
“When people think of natives, we are always in front of the camera, but here you have a native producer and we had an internship program so that within each department there were native people,” he said.
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Myers added: “In every section [of the production], we had natives, so he was very practical with natives. Dan had this vision and then he had the genius to let us fill it. “
Franchise like Predatorobviously, they come with built-in fan bases who have their own views on the direction of those franchises, but Myers thinks fans will love Prey.
“I grew up watching Predator movie and the first was forever my favorite action-adventure. This, to me, is very similar to the first one because it’s just shrunk and doesn’t have all those bells and whistles, “the producer said.
He added: “I don’t care how the other films performed because this one is built as if it were a standalone film.
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“It’s in one franchise, but you don’t have to have the background to watch another Predator movie to get this. I think if you watch this one, you’ll want to watch others Predator movie”.
Prey is available via the Star platform on Disney + from 5 August.
Watch: Trailer for Prey