After Hulu’s Prey: 8 Other Franchises We’d Love To See A Movie In The Past


Pitting The Predator — the titular alien antagonist of one of cinema’s greatest monster movies — against a Native American tribe in the 18th century is such a brilliant idea, I’m surprised Hulu’s acclaimed new thriller, Prey, did not happen earlier. In fact, I’m surprised the most popular movie franchises haven’t tried to put a new spin on their properties with a prequel set decades (if not centuries) before their originals. I actually have several series in mind, starting with another titled by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

One of the Terminator robots.

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To prevent the birth of John Connor by killing his mother, Sarah (Linda Hamilton), in 1984 The TerminatorArnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 was sent back to the year 1984. Except for the post-apocalyptic Terminator: Hi, all of the sequels to James Cameron’s original sci-fi classic took place shortly after their year of release, and I think that may be why Skynet generally continues to fail in its assignment. To raise the stakes and hopefully improve the story for the next terminator sequel, I would recommend tracing the Connors line even further back and, in particular, to a time with more primitive weaponry to ensure that any cybernetic killing machine sent out this time is even harder to stop.

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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Impossible mission

Hollywood traced the history of the Impossible Mission Force back to when the original Impossible mission TV show first aired mid-1960s to present with Tom Cruise Impossible mission movies, which are producing even more adventures as we speak. However, we have never seen a cinematic episode or an episode of the original series that shows us how the IMF came to be and why it was founded. I think a prequel revolving around the design of the independent spy organization – executed with the same thrills and featuring another daredevil protagonist like Ethan Hunt – could hopefully be an origin of espionage more successful than The king’s man turned out to be.

the national treasure cast

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national treasure

I think Disney hit gold using historical facts to create exciting fiction from its national treasure films, which would later inspire an upcoming Disney+-exclusive spinoff series, but has yet to officially release its long-awaited third installment from development hell. I actually think a fun way to revitalize the franchise for the big screen would be to go back and tell a story about people searching for the Templar treasure long before Nicolas Cage’s character, Benjamin Gates. Maybe this one could be set in the 1930s or 1940s as a kind of homage to one of the franchises that inspired it in the first place: the IndianaJones movies.

Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

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beetle juice

I’ve always been curious what kind of person Michael Keaton’s titular antagonist of the 1989 Tim Burton classic, beetle juice (one of the greatest horror-comedy movies of all time), could have been like when he was still alive. However, admittedly, I’d rather be kept in the dark as possible about the bio-exorcist’s hilariously creepy origin, but we know from some of the film’s most memorable quotes that he “lived the plague and had a good time during it” and has been around for at least a “millennium”. saying it three times, and I’d love to see how something that crazy would play out.

Pennywise the Clown in IT

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When I heard Bill Skarsgård announce that a third movie based on Stephen King This had been discussed, I wasn’t too keen on the idea, because I don’t know where else you could take this horrible metaphor of innocence lost after the Losers Club officially defeated their clownish enemy. That was until I remembered that Pennywise isn’t just a creepy clown, but a shape-shifting, otherworldly entity that has existed on earth for an indefinite amount of time. It makes me curious what other nightmares he may have conjured up for other people in the years (or centuries) before he moved to Derry, Maine.

Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring.

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The conjuring universe

James Wan’s instant classic of the haunted house film subgenre, 2013 Conspiracy, spawned a unique shared universe in the way each of its episodes is inspired by supposedly real supernatural phenomena. However, the first era explored in the Conjuring The timeline of the universe so far is the early 1950s, with 2018 the nun, but I’d like to see the franchise tackle a “real” haunting that even predates the 20th century. Maybe Wan and co. might look for spooky news stories from the Victorian era (opens in a new tab) or even see if they can find a really old, really weird event that’s still somehow connected to the records of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the franchise).

Ellen Sandweiss in The Evil Dead

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diabolical death

Now I understand that I’m technically cheating here because the evil Dead movies have already seen “primitive screwheads” become possessed with his third installment, 1992 army of darkness, but what I have in mind is something completely different from this wacky time travel adventure. As much as I love director Sam Raimi’s macabre cartoonish sensibilities and star Bruce Campbell’s comedic timing, I’d love to see something more in line with the 1981 original and the 2013 reboot that sincerely portrays the grueling terror that one of the most beloved horror franchises is most famous for. As for the time frame I would choose: I think the Deadites would feel right at home turning a village of devoted Puritans upside down during the Salem Witch Trials.

The Continental Hotel in John Wick

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John Wick

There are many secrets hidden in the plan view and with little explanation in the John Wick movies, and that’s what makes this world filled to the brim with master assassins interesting. However, one could infer that the Continental Hotel and its many international affiliates have been around for quite some time and could house many intriguing stories that span decades. I’d be very interested in seeing a spinoff set in 1920s Chicago, 1940s New York, or anytime or anywhere before the prime of “Baba Yaga”, as long as the action is tough.

The success of Prey see the start of a new trend of more action-packed or scary blockbusters set before modern times? Could these period thrillers be the canon of the beloved franchises above? I guess only time will tell.


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