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Alien: Romulus – A Nostalgic Journey Back to the Series’ Origins

Published / Sat 6 Apr 2024

Alien: Romulus - A Nostalgic Journey Back to the Series' Origins

Photo: Alien: Romulus – A Nostalgic Journey Back to the Series’ Origins  /  Credit: 20th Century Studios

The upcoming instalment in the Alien franchise, “Alien: Romulus,” (Watch Trailer Below) is set to revive the essence of the original sci-fi horror series. Directed by Fede Álvarez, known for his work on “Don’t Breathe” and “Evil Dead,” the project also sees Ridley Scott, director of the first Alien film, and James Cameron, director of Aliens, contributing as producer and unofficial consultant, respectively.

Echoes of the Classic Alien Films

Initially planned for an exclusive Hulu release similar to the Predator prequel “Prey,” the decision was made to bring “Alien: Romulus” to theatres. The film, releasing this summer, stars Cailee Spaeny from “Priscilla” and features a cast of emerging actors.

“Alien: Romulus” is strategically set between the events of “Alien” and “Aliens,” focusing on young space colonizers exploring a deserted space station. Fede Álvarez expressed his intention to capture the original films’ essence, stating…

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“I wanted to travel back not just to the style of the original movies, but to the genre of the original movies.”

He emphasized his desire to revisit the horror elements of the first film and incorporate the thrilling aspects seen in subsequent series entries. To achieve authenticity, Álvarez and his team employed film-making techniques reminiscent of the original movie.

Ridley Scott praised the screenplay as “completely different than the other movies.” Álvarez recounted Scott’s reaction after a pre-effects screening, quoting him as saying the film was “f***ing great.”

James Cameron’s involvement added a unique perspective to the film’s development, with Álvarez noting Cameron’s appreciation for the movie and the distinct insights both he and Scott offered. Despite their different approaches, Álvarez described their feedback as “super smart comments, notes, and thoughts on the film and the film-making.”

The cast also includes David Jonsson of “Industry” and Isabela Merced from “Madame Web.”

“Alien: Romulus” arrives amid anticipation for Noah Hawley’s Alien universe TV series, which is set three decades prior to the original movie and involves Ridley Scott. The Alien franchise has garnered over $1.6 billion globally at the box office.

The film is scheduled for release on 16 August.

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