The novella from Dan Trachtenberg and Amber Midthunder Predator prequel, Preydraws strong reviews from critics and fans alike worldof the this weekend, like Hulu the public meets drawn intoto his a hyper-focused and disciplined take on the long-running sci-fi franchise.
Meanwhile, “hyper-focused” and “disciplined” are absolutely not descriptors that could be applied to Preythe star of: Coco the dog, who plays Sarii, the faithful canine companion of Midthunder’s character, the hopeful hunter Naru. Coco/Sarii is one of the great pleasures of the film – and also the Prey press tour, as Midthunder and Trachtenberg do their best to underline their deep love for her, while being pretty honest about the fact that she was a massive, happy, energetic, happy obstacle to the making of this goddamn movie.
“She was kind of a disaster”, Midthunder said in an interview with Dexerto this week. “She was a little messy—but in a gentle way. Midthunder notes that Coco, who is a Carolina dog, a breed theorized to have been used by indigenous peoples of the Americas before European colonization, and which still exists in wild populations to this day – was “Nnot a movie dog. She was literally adopted to be in this movie, and she happened to be very energetic.
Trachtenberg, meanwhile, described how it was “Always a biting moment for us on set, ‘Is Coco going to love and make her mark and do what she has to do?'” All of that, again once, with the greatest affection: “It was sometimes a journey to get there, but ultimately she always made it. It was very exciting, lots of cheering when we finally got a good grip with Coco.
And, really, we are very here for Midthunder and Trachtenberg both being extremely diplomatic about Coco, presumably lest her publicist hear them say a bad word about her. Middle of the storm: “A big part of being around Coco was that she was going wild and doing tricks and so excited to see everyone all the time. For me, personally, she was a dream. To make a movie, you know… Sarii’s character is very different from Coco’s character. It shows what a good filmmaker Dan is.
Trachtenberg notes that he was inspired to add a dog to the film by his love for The road warrior. But it turns out there is a danger to adding an adorable dog companion to your film: “EEveryone, while we were developing it and showing the cuts to our friends and family, was like, “No more dog!” We love the dog!’ I was like, ‘You don’t understand. We use all usable frames from this dog. “
In any event: Prey is very good, if not necessarily as good as Coco.