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(Polygon)   Why did Prey go straight to Hulu instead of getting a theatrical release? Because under a pre-Disney contract, it then would have to stream on competitor HBO Max instead. Mickey be kneecapping WBD CEO Zaslav   (polygon.com) divider line
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2 days ago  
Good thing HBO Max is getting cannibalized!
 
2 days ago  
Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.
 
2 days ago  
I'm pretty sure WBD can kneecap themselves without any help thank you very much.
 
2 days ago  
And lost potentially $100-200 million or more since it's the best reviewed Predator movie since the first one.

Way to go, dumbass.
 
2 days ago  
Saw it last night. They literally threw away a f*ck ton of money giving it away like that. It was pretty good.

Thanks?

This is terrible business.
 
2 days ago  

stoli n coke: And lost potentially $100-200 million or more since it's the best reviewed Predator movie since the first one.

Way to go, dumbass.


It's a weird, unknown-only-to-them, thing to know just how much benefit they'd get streaming it exclusively without a theatrical release as opposed to theatrical release and lose streaming rights. They must think this is best for business for whatever reason, because I doubt they did it just out of sheer spite
 
2 days ago  

LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.


Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.
 
2 days ago  
This explains why recent 20th Century releases like Free Guy, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story, and Death on the Nile have appeared on HBO Max instead of, or as well as, Hulu or Disney Plus.

I was thinking Disney and WB were trying to put a sword in Netflix when I first noticed that. This still don't explain why Hulu run ads wanting you to bundle HBO Max and Hulu.
 
2 days ago  
Also the person/people it really hurts to do the direct-to-streaming thing to are the actors/actresses who could have become (at least relatively) big stars if the movie made a lot of money. I know there are way more ways to become a big star these days, but being in a theatrical release that makes a lot of money is still a really good way to do it . And I haven't seen it, but I know Amber Midthunder from Legion and she's great and should be a star
 
2 days ago  

LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.


Dunno, I've seen all the comments about its "wokeness" because it has the audacity to have an all Native American cast.

/it is added to my watchlist
 
2 days ago  

OhioUGrad: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Dunno, I've seen all the comments about its "wokeness" because it has the audacity to have an all Native American cast.

/it is added to my watchlist


This might not be a popular opinion here on fark but there have been times where it seems like the studios are shoehorning in characters for the sake of demographics but in this case, I don't see how anyone could complain about that. It's literally about a native American tribe. It would have been weird if they didn't have an all native American cast
 
2 days ago  
Why is Sandman being made by Netflix when HBO and DC Comics are owned by the same megacorp?

\I've lost track of which one
 
2 days ago  

LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.


But do they get to the choppa?
 
2 days ago  

TDWCom29: stoli n coke: And lost potentially $100-200 million or more since it's the best reviewed Predator movie since the first one.

Way to go, dumbass.

It's a weird, unknown-only-to-them, thing to know just how much benefit they'd get streaming it exclusively without a theatrical release as opposed to theatrical release and lose streaming rights. They must think this is best for business for whatever reason, because I doubt they did it just out of sheer spite


Businesses are run by people. People do stupid things out of spite. Therefore, it's entirely possible this was done out of spite.
 
2 days ago  

ModernPrimitive01: OhioUGrad: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Dunno, I've seen all the comments about its "wokeness" because it has the audacity to have an all Native American cast.

/it is added to my watchlist

This might not be a popular opinion here on fark but there have been times where it seems like the studios are shoehorning in characters for the sake of demographics but in this case, I don't see how anyone could complain about that. It's literally about a native American tribe. It would have been weird if they didn't have an all native American cast


Like they've never done that before.
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2 days ago  

LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.


Is there a Comanche with an Austrian accent?
 
2 days ago  

LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.


I watched it last night, I agree.  There were some nice callbacks to the original.
 
2 days ago  
From the wiki: In June 2022, Trachtenberg stated that there are discussions for additional installments being developed after the release of Prey, saying their intent was to "do things that have not been done before" in the franchise

I take this to mean Prey 2 is a wacky sitcom, and Prey 3 is a magical realism film.
 
2 days ago  

bthom37: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.


Suuuuure. The big screen, with the shiatty audio, filthy floors and chairs, annoying stupid teenagers on their phones. People seriously need to just take a gun to theaters heads and put them out of their misery. The time has passed, the age is over. The theater is a dead relic that is not needed, and only exists to separate stupid people from their money
 
2 days ago  

Concrete Donkey: bthom37: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.

Suuuuure. The big screen, with the shiatty audio, filthy floors and chairs, annoying stupid teenagers on their phones. People seriously need to just take a gun to theaters heads and put them out of their misery. The time has passed, the age is over. The theater is a dead relic that is not needed, and only exists to separate stupid people from their money


You've decided to project one experience or observation onto thousands of different theaters across all locales and levels of quality.

Adding in a reference to guns and a dig on all theatergoers as "stupid people" just makes you a terribly hostile and sad person.
 
2 days ago  

Concrete Donkey: bthom37: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.

Suuuuure. The big screen, with the shiatty audio, filthy floors and chairs, annoying stupid teenagers on their phones. People seriously need to just take a gun to theaters heads and put them out of their misery. The time has passed, the age is over. The theater is a dead relic that is not needed, and only exists to separate stupid people from their money


Sorry, some movies are just better on a big screen.  This is one of them.

Also, maybe it's just because I choose to go to late in the run showings with small crowds, but I don't encounter those problems.
 
2 days ago  

Eddie Hazel's E string: Concrete Donkey: bthom37: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.

Suuuuure. The big screen, with the shiatty audio, filthy floors and chairs, annoying stupid teenagers on their phones. People seriously need to just take a gun to theaters heads and put them out of their misery. The time has passed, the age is over. The theater is a dead relic that is not needed, and only exists to separate stupid people from their money

You've decided to project one experience or observation onto thousands of different theaters across all locales and levels of quality.

Adding in a reference to guns and a dig on all theatergoers as "stupid people" just makes you a terribly hostile and sad person.


Theatergoers everywhere were very happy when he stopped going.
 
2 days ago  

Tyrone Slothrop: TDWCom29: stoli n coke: And lost potentially $100-200 million or more since it's the best reviewed Predator movie since the first one.

Way to go, dumbass.

It's a weird, unknown-only-to-them, thing to know just how much benefit they'd get streaming it exclusively without a theatrical release as opposed to theatrical release and lose streaming rights. They must think this is best for business for whatever reason, because I doubt they did it just out of sheer spite

Businesses are run by people. People do stupid things out of spite. Therefore, it's entirely possible this was done out of spite.


I mean, maybe? But these days it's more likely some focus groups, bean counters, or algorithm told them it was a good idea than Bob Cherpak said "I hate Warner Brothers so much I'm going to fark my company just to spite them"
 
2 days ago  

TDWCom29: stoli n coke: And lost potentially $100-200 million or more since it's the best reviewed Predator movie since the first one.

Way to go, dumbass.

It's a weird, unknown-only-to-them, thing to know just how much benefit they'd get streaming it exclusively without a theatrical release as opposed to theatrical release and lose streaming rights. They must think this is best for business for whatever reason, because I doubt they did it just out of sheer spite


Millions of people ain't gonna subscribe just for one movie.  It's absolutely stupid, monetarily, to release super expensive movies straight to filming.  Netflix does it a lot, for some reason, probably just to keep people subscribed by having a 'big back catalogue', but I still don't see it making much sense.

Course, it makes even less sense to make 'direct to streaming' stuff that's low budget and almost all suck ass like Netflix does on a nearly daily basis.  It's just lighting money on fire.

There's a reason Zaslav made it clear they're not going to do that for WBD.  Take all the money you were going to use to produce cheap mindless crap that sucks and put it towards bigger theatrical releases and make some money off it it.  Course, that has its own problem of having a lot of risk but when it works, it REALLY works (see: Top Gun Maverick for Paramount).  I do like having the occasional Indie-style film though... hopefully those don't disappear entirely.
 
2 days ago  

bthom37: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.



Uh, this is fark. Everything is viewed just as equally on you $399  uncalibrated 60" insignia and 2.1 soundbar.  The "home theater" experts have decreed it so.  Because they can take a piss break.
 
2 days ago  

Concrete Donkey: bthom37: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

Watched it last night.  Good god it should have been in theaters.  Such a good flick and it really would have benefited from a big screen.

Suuuuure. The big screen, with the shiatty audio, filthy floors and chairs, annoying stupid teenagers on their phones. People seriously need to just take a gun to theaters heads and put them out of their misery. The time has passed, the age is over. The theater is a dead relic that is not needed, and only exists to separate stupid people from their money


This is bait, but I'll reply anyway.

If that's really your experience, you're going to the wrong theater.
 
2 days ago  

jake3988: TDWCom29: stoli n coke: And lost potentially $100-200 million or more since it's the best reviewed Predator movie since the first one.

Way to go, dumbass.

It's a weird, unknown-only-to-them, thing to know just how much benefit they'd get streaming it exclusively without a theatrical release as opposed to theatrical release and lose streaming rights. They must think this is best for business for whatever reason, because I doubt they did it just out of sheer spite

Millions of people ain't gonna subscribe just for one movie.  It's absolutely stupid, monetarily, to release super expensive movies straight to filming.  Netflix does it a lot, for some reason, probably just to keep people subscribed by having a 'big back catalogue', but I still don't see it making much sense.

Course, it makes even less sense to make 'direct to streaming' stuff that's low budget and almost all suck ass like Netflix does on a nearly daily basis.  It's just lighting money on fire.

There's a reason Zaslav made it clear they're not going to do that for WBD.  Take all the money you were going to use to produce cheap mindless crap that sucks and put it towards bigger theatrical releases and make some money off it it.  Course, that has its own problem of having a lot of risk but when it works, it REALLY works (see: Top Gun Maverick for Paramount).  I do like having the occasional Indie-style film though... hopefully those don't disappear entirely.


Again, we don't know what they know in terms of finances, and they wouldn't do this if it didn't make sense financially. So...it sucks but for them it makes sense
 
2 days ago  
The family (who are Comanche) watched in Comanche language last night, but I went to bed early.  My Comanche is pretty limited, so I'm going to watch in English later today.

/wife is member of Comanche Language Preservation Society
//she's a descendent of Quanah Parker
///and a writer of indigenous science fiction
 
2 days ago  

LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.


THIS.

Watched it yesterday. It was a good flick and well done.
 
2 days ago  

Tyrone Slothrop: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

But do they get to the choppa?


If it bleeds, we can kill it.
 
2 days ago  

Tyrone Slothrop: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

But do they get to the choppa?


And if Carl Weathers' character is dead, how do they work "Dillon...you son of a biatch" into the screenplay?
 
2 days ago  

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: The family (who are Comanche) watched in Comanche language last night, but I went to bed early.  My Comanche is pretty limited, so I'm going to watch in English later today.

/wife is member of Comanche Language Preservation Society
//she's a descendent of Quanah Parker
///and a writer of indigenous science fiction


Is it limited enough to miss all the pussy jokes, though?
 
2 days ago  
Watched it last night and really enjoyed it. Would have loved seeing it in the theater.
Given this, Batgirl etc, and the details about Marvel limiting characters screen time to that they dont have to pay out a couple grand to creators, you have to wonder just how much control is given to accountants in the end.
 
2 days ago  

TDWCom29: Also the person/people it really hurts to do the direct-to-streaming thing to are the actors/actresses who could have become (at least relatively) big stars if the movie made a lot of money. I know there are way more ways to become a big star these days, but being in a theatrical release that makes a lot of money is still a really good way to do it . And I haven't seen it, but I know Amber Midthunder from Legion and she's great and should be a star


Just watched it, I was right. She's great and should be a star, and hopefully becomes one someday. Maybe even because of this movie if it does well enough
 
2 days ago  
I watched it then I watched the all Comanche language version. fun flick
 
2 days ago  

drjekel_mrhyde: This explains why recent 20th Century releases like Free Guy, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story, and Death on the Nile have appeared on HBO Max instead of, or as well as, Hulu or Disney Plus.

I was thinking Disney and WB were trying to put a sword in Netflix when I first noticed that. This still don't explain why Hulu run ads wanting you to bundle HBO Max and Hulu.


Hulu is owned by Comcast and Disney. It also used to have CW and Fox.
 
2 days ago  

pounddawg: Tyrone Slothrop: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

But do they get to the choppa?

If it bleeds, we can kill it.


I actually yelled "YEAH!" when he said that.
I may have been 3 or 4 beers in.
 
2 days ago  
jake3988:

Millions of people ain't gonna subscribe just for one movie.

I'm not one way or the other in your conversations. But I did subscribe just for this month, just for this movie.

I'd have spent more at the theater. (would have enjoyed it more either but i takes what i can gets)
 
2 days ago  

robertus: From the wiki: In June 2022, Trachtenberg stated that there are discussions for additional installments being developed after the release of Prey, saying their intent was to "do things that have not been done before" in the franchise

I take this to mean Prey 2 is a wacky sitcom, and Prey 3 is a magical realism film.


I'm waiting for Prey: Ass to Mouth.
 
2 days ago  

MurphyMurphy: pounddawg: Tyrone Slothrop: LimpDickRicky: Whatever. Just saw the flick, it's a must watch if you're a fan of the original.

But do they get to the choppa?

If it bleeds, we can kill it.

I actually yelled "YEAH!" when he said that.
I may have been 3 or 4 beers in.


That was great. I am still figuring out how Taabe knew what a T-rex was and how sexual they can be.

Prey was the best Predator movie in 35 years. Finally has a worthy sequel like Alien got with Aliens. It does suck it didn't get a theatrical release, but the buzz on it is insane and people are definitely noticing Amber Midthunder. If people online aren't talking about how amazing it is, they're laughing at all the incel losers who expected it to bomb because it had a *GASP* MINORITY WOMAN AS ITS LEAD!
 
2 days ago  
I'm curious how the gun made its way I to the hands of the Predator boss in Predator 2.
 
2 days ago  

Leader O'Cola: I'm curious how the gun made its way I to the hands of the Predator boss in Predator 2.


They hint during the end credits. The final painting shows 3 large predator ships descending on the tribe.

I'm really hoping it's to collect the dead guy, give her a trophy, and she tosses them the pistol on their way out. The other scenario is too depressing.
 
2 days ago  
i felt it was earnest, and i appreciate its existence, however i don't see it as a theatrically released film.  It had a very 'made for TV' vibe, for me.  (and nothing is wrong with that).  Streaming is where its at, these days.

There are a LOT of decent B-type movies that you can only catch on streaming.... the production value is watered down, but there are 'more' of them..... Thats the trade off.   All the streaming platforms need content, so more stuff is green-lit, and then produced for smaller budgets.   Now, this Prey is more than a "B" film, but not by a huge margin.

The last big budgeted movie made specifically for streaming was the The Irishman.  Great film, but Netflix lost their shirt making that thing.   I think the content of our future....  There will be less The Godfather, and more movies, like UPGRADE.  Decent flicks that entertain, good enough to watch, but doesn't leave the viewer with a higher consciousness.
 
2 days ago  

scottydoesntknow: Leader O'Cola: I'm curious how the gun made its way I to the hands of the Predator boss in Predator 2.

They hint during the end credits. The final painting shows 3 large predator ships descending on the tribe.

I'm really hoping it's to collect the dead guy, give her a trophy, and she tosses them the pistol on their way out. The other scenario is too depressing.



Yeh, one of those is a lot more depressing than the other.


Also, did Comanche really live far enough north "northern great plains" to have territorial interaction with French fur trappers?
 
2 days ago  

Leader O'Cola: I'm curious how the gun made its way I to the hands of the Predator boss in Predator 2.


They were there watching, as a Predator boss does.
 
2 days ago  

Leader O'Cola: scottydoesntknow: Leader O'Cola: I'm curious how the gun made its way I to the hands of the Predator boss in Predator 2.

They hint during the end credits. The final painting shows 3 large predator ships descending on the tribe.

I'm really hoping it's to collect the dead guy, give her a trophy, and she tosses them the pistol on their way out. The other scenario is too depressing.


Yeh, one of those is a lot more depressing than the other.


Also, did Comanche really live far enough north "northern great plains" to have territorial interaction with French fur trappers?


It's kinda iffy (gap of N Kansas/S Nebraska in between), but I do remember them saying at some point in the movie that Naru is wanting to go past their typical areas to find the monster, so they do kinda cover it. It would be a 5-7 day walk if they were at the northernmost Comanche area to the southernmost point of the Northern Great Plains.
 
2 days ago  

scottydoesntknow: Leader O'Cola: I'm curious how the gun made its way I to the hands of the Predator boss in Predator 2.

They hint during the end credits. The final painting shows 3 large predator ships descending on the tribe.

I'm really hoping it's to collect the dead guy, give her a trophy, and she tosses them the pistol on their way out. The other scenario is too depressing.


I figured it was sequel setup. Like when movies would have question marks after The End in the old days
 
2 days ago  
I watched it last night and really enjoyed it.  The lead actress reminds me of Aubrey Plaza,he looks not her acting.  Anyhow,it's a good time!
 
2 days ago  
Disney learned this from Netflix, who cancelled their Marvel series when Disney got into the streaming game.  Disney used to be sharing and supporting as a corporation, but now it's jaded thanks to Netflix's cruelty.
 
2 days ago  

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: The family (who are Comanche) watched in Comanche language last night, but I went to bed early.  My Comanche is pretty limited, so I'm going to watch in English later today.

/wife is member of Comanche Language Preservation Society
//she's a descendent of Quanah Parker
///and a writer of indigenous science fiction


I bet the standard alien invasion story looks a lot different from a Native American viewpoint!
 
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