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“It will break the box-office”: After Prey Success, Fans Demand Bullet Train Star Hiroyuki Sanada To Lead Predator Prequel Set in Samurai Era

Prey Bullet Train Star Hiroyuki Sanada

The Predator franchise hasn’t seen much success since its first installment, directed by John McTiernan, the story follows a group of buffed-up marines led by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch as they are stalked and killed by the Predator, one by one.

The Predator was first released in 1987.

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Most of the latter movies failed on many levels but still found some praise, including Predator 2 and Predators. But The Predator (2018), a soft-reboot of the series was panned by critics and audience alike, seemingly leaving the franchise on its last leg.

Prey saves the franchise

Released on 5th August, the Predator prequel Prey has given the franchise a breath of fresh air. Set 300 years ago, we see the Predator go toe to toe in the Comanche Nation against a skilled female warrior named Naru.

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Prey stars Amber Midthunder as Naru.

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Brimming with beautiful sound design and awe-inspiring shots, the franchise returns to the original film by utilizing the atmosphere to create tension and grip our attention. The film saw the Comanche face off against the alien hunter with their out-classed technology.

Predator against Samurai?

After seeing how well the beast can be transported to any era and give a compelling movie, many are interested in seeing the extra-terrestrial land in Medieval Japan. Considering how both the parties are well known to be skilled in blades, they could give an exciting showdown.

Louis Ozawa wanted his character Hanzo to fight using the Katana, as he knows martial art, not Kung Fu.

Check out some of the tweets:

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While considering who should play the protagonist, many fans suggested Hiroyuki Sanada be the next pred-killer. He has already featured as a ninja in Mortal Kombat and a samurai in The Last Samurai, so the actor does have the chops to pull it off.

Samurais and Easter eggs in Predator movies

The samurai have technically already been teased in the movie Predators, where we see the Yakuza enforcer Hanzo find an ancient Katana. Hanzo later uses the sword to duel with the Falconer Predator in the movie, before both of them succumb to their injuries and die.

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Predator 2
Predator 2 saw the protagonist played by Donny Glover go into the Alien spaceship, where the easter egg was placed.

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Previously, the minor easter egg of the Xenomorph skull in Predator 2 resulted in multiple Alien and Predator cross-over comic books and even 2 movies. So it is not far-fetched to assume that a Predator in Medieval Japan isn’t possible, the studio just needs to be incentivized.

Prey is now streaming on Hulu.

Source: Twitter

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.