The director of “10 Cloverfield Lane” told Uproxx that “Prey” will stream straight is a decision made to prove that streaming has blockbuster potential. While returns can vary between the two methods of distribution, Trachtenberg says Disney wants to use its film as proof of how much the cinematic experience can still be delivered on the small screen. “Hulu hasn’t really had… the 20th baby franchise is out yet,” he explains, “so they’re hoping to really rock the platform to say, ‘We’re not just bringing in make smaller, lower-priced products.’ That [Hulu] It’s also the place to have huge cinematic experiences. “
While this makes sense in theory, fans of the “Predator” series have wondered if its predecessor had anything to do with the decision to bring “Prey” to the stream. When “The Predator” was released in 2018, it was met with negative reviews (though our reviewer here at /Film didn’t mind that), ultimately becoming a disappointment. box office hope. Meanwhile total $160 million worldwide, it brought in only $51 million domestically against a $88 million budget, with marketing not taken into account.
Needless to say, it’s easy to see why some speculate that Disney is bringing the next movie to the stream to completely let the franchise go to the curb. “It’s not like that. I have to tell you,” Trachtenberg countered. “They never said, ‘cut down on violence.’ They never adjusted anything.”
“Prey” is coming to Hulu on August 5.
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