When Shane Black’s The Predator laser-targets theaters this fall, those who’ve picked up a copy of Titan Books’ new official movie prequel won’t be walking in with any blind spots. The Predator: Hunters and Hunted offers up a new official entry in Predator lore, and in the process fleshes out some otherwise missable pieces of the reboot’s backstory.
Titan describes the new novel as a lead-in to the film, introducing “key concepts that then will explode onto the screen in the movie itself.” The 304-page paperback, written by Bram Stoker Award-nominated horror novelist James A. Moore (Chaos Bleeds), is set to go on sale July 31.
The book follows Vietnam veteran Roger Elliott, who encountered one of the alien stalkers during his tour of duty and barely lived to tell the tale. From the book's synopsis, Elliott never expected that, “decades later, he would train the Reavers, a clandestine strike force attached to Project Stargazer. Their mission: to capture one of the creatures, thus proving its existence, disassembling its tech, and balancing the odds between the HUNTERS AND HUNTED.”
Fan site AVP Galaxy describes Project Stargazer as “the governmental agency that Sterling K. Brown and Jake Busey’s characters work for” in the upcoming movie, so it looks as though the book will explore the program’s origins from Elliott’s 1960s-era encounter. If so, it’s a setup that, at first glance, appears to fit well alongside the movie’s “harrowing” war-movie take on PTSD, learning disabilities and the government.
Check out Titan Books’ pre-order page to snag a copy of The Predator: Hunters and Hunted ahead of its late-July release, then stride into the theater six weeks later armed with everything you’ll need to grasp all those missable, on-screen Predator nuances. The Predator opens on Sept. 14.