Hulu’s Prey director Dan Trachtenberg confirmed that God of War (2018) influenced the design of the film’s shield and tomahawk weapons.
Prey, a prequel to the Predator franchise, is set in the early 18th century and follows the Comanche Nation’s encounters with a fighter of alien descent.
So far, the film proved to be an incredible success for the distributor, becoming Hulu’s biggest film debut to date.
Since the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, director Dan Trachtenberg has provided insight into what went into the project’s creation.
How God of War (2018) Inspired Hulu’s Prey
In an interview with CassiusLife, Trachtenberg noted that the 2018 release of God of War influenced his latest film in two main ways.
First, the Predator shield is inspired by the Guardian Shield that Kratos can use in the 2018 adventure. This is especially reflected in the way the Predator shield takes its full form.
The director added that Naru’s ability to throw and recall her tomahawk also owes its existence to Kratos’ Leviathan Axe.
Twitter user NIB edited the interview clip to show the comparisons between God of War and Prey.
To confirm the influence of God of War, Trachtenberg also expressed his excitement about Ragnarok, which hits stores in November.
But God of War isn’t the only game that Trachtenberg helped create the Predator prequel. The director’s playthrough of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla led him to contact composer Sarah Schachner, who also eventually composed the Prey OST.
Dan Trachtenberg has long combined his love for video games and film. He initially caught the public eye with Portal: No Escape, a Portal-inspired fan film that many fondly remember.
He was also once attached to Sony’s live-action adaptation of Uncharted, but stepped down due to creative differences. The filmmaker’s track record suggests film buffs will want to keep an eye out for what he has in store next.