Titled Badlands, the film will be directed by Trachtenberg from a script co-written with Patrick Aison, who also penned Prey.
Trachtenberg, known for sci-fi horror 10 Cloverfield Lane, breathed new life into the alien franchise with the critically acclaimed Prey, nominated for both Best Directing and Best Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie at last month's Emmys ceremony.
Despite the 2022 film's success, Badlands will have no connection to it as it's expected to be a stand-alone st0ry.
Plot details for Trachtenberg's upcoming movie are being kept under wraps, but Deadline reports the director and the studio executives are keen on picking a lead star soon.
Meanwhile, there's a chance that star Amber Midthunder will reprise her role of Comanche Nation warrior Naru in a previously announced follow-up to Prey. If confirmed, Midthunder's return would make Prey 2 the first film in the saga to feature the same protagonist.
Speaking about the sequel in January 2023, Midthunder said she "would be happy" to be a part of a new Prey adventure, though she had no insights as to when that would happen — and it seems likely that production on Badlands will now further delay Prey 2.
"I don't have a date for you," the actress told Variety last year.
"This is not an announcement, but I'm not saying it's not. We talk all the time about all kinds of things and that was probably one," she added.
"I'm ready. I loved that experience. I love that movie. I would be happy to, you know, see where else we can take it."
Prey is streaming on Disney+, where you can also watch Predator, Predator 2, and Predators.
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