In typical Dan Trachtenberg style, it was announced sometime last year that the 10 Cloverfield Lane director was working on a covert sequel to Predator which had the working title of Skulls. Well, now it appears that the movie is finished, with cinematographer Jeff Cutter using his Instagram account to announce “that’s a wrap on Skulls”.
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The fact this was happening at all took everyone by surprise, so there isn’t that much to go on in terms of details, but what has been revealed (via comicbook.com) is that the plot of Skulls will follow Kee, a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior. Many years ago – in a time before any Europeans had ever encroached on their lands – the Comanche people had a well-defined society and gender norms. Kee is very close to her younger brother, Taabe, who is being groomed as a leader. As capable as any young man in the tribe, Kee has always been a teacher and source of inspiration for Taabe. In the Comanche way – she is Patsi – the elder sister that has helped to shape him. Kee is a truth-teller and has insight that others do not. A tomboy, she wants to prove herself in the masculine world of the Comanche. When danger threatens them all – Kee sets out to prove that she is as capable as any young warrior.
With rumours that the film is set to go direct to streaming on Hulu, the stakes for Trachtenberg’s sequel aren’t as high as when Fox, now owned by Disney, attempted to reboot the franchise in 2018 with The Predator. With a massive budget of about $90 million, it never found an audience, and critics didn’t care for it with a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, all developments which made Skulls an even more surprising announcement.
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