Dan Trachtenberg and Jane Myers on Prey Authenticity, Inspiration and Easter Eggs

[To Dan Trachtenberg] Your long simmering participation in this film was revealed some time ago on Deadline back in 2020but you mentioned on the internet that you have a different plan for people to find out about the film and your involvement in it… How did that happen and what was your original plan?

Dan Trachtenberg: The initial hope was that since I first pitched this movie while it was in pre-production or production on the previous Predator movie, 2018’s Predator… I thought it would be great to have a trailer. come out on this movie without attached title that was set up [with] Naru goes to prove himself [she] walks into the woods and sees fire in the sky, and so we immediately say, “Oh, it’s set at this earlier time in the 1700s, and it’s about the Comanche,” but there’s some sci-fi element to it.

That’s all we got, which is already an exciting premise and worthy of having a trailer, and then when the 2018 movie comes out, we’ll attach our full trailer to it, which will have the same setup. Then it’ll go further into the bear scene and you’ll see the bear go up in the air and show the Predator and people are like, “Oh my gosh, what we’ve been talking about is a Predator movie.”

This would be a title announcement. [It] was super happy, but alas, [it] did not occur. I’m still in awe of how we were able to get this film out and that we could make it at all, so I’m very excited.

[To Jhane Myers] This is the first film to be fully voiced in the Comanche language. I’m very excited about this. Please tell me a little about this and what other research and development work has been done on the film’s accuracy.

Jane Myers: I am a citizen of the Comanche Nation, a registered Comanche, but I am also Blackfoot. 100% authenticity is really important in this movie because usually I get hired as a producer for different projects and sometimes it’s 20%, 25% but when I read this it’s 100%. […] The language component is really important to me because this is the first time a film is entirely in Comanche, let alone a film that comes out in an indigenous language. This has never happened before in the film industry, so this movie sets a pretty high bar for representation. [and] authenticity in everything.

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