The next Alien movie by Dede Alvarez is the sixth film in the very popular sci-fi series. The Alien series, which started with Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, mainly focuses on the story of Ellen Ripley. She is a Warrant Officer who has survived many dangerous encounters with the deadly Xenomorphs and their different forms. The new Alien movie, currently known as Alien: Romulus, is currently in development. Fede Álvarez, who previously directed the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, will be directing the film. Initially, Cailee Spaeny, known for her role in Pacific Rim: Uprising, was offered the lead role in the film.
What Does Alien‘s Working Title Mean For the Series?
It is highly likely that the Álvarez movie does not have a direct link to the last two movies in the series. However, it’s interesting to see that the working title also has connections to European mythology. In Greek mythology, “Prometheus” is a titan who created humans, while in Roman mythology, “Romulus” is known as one of the founders of Rome. It’s possible that the working title is simply a playful choice, but if it becomes the official title, it will give us plenty to speculate about. However, we can observe that the selection of Álvarez to write and direct the movie was not a random decision. The filmmaker gained popularity in the horror movie genre, and the 2017 movie Alien: Covenant leaned more toward the franchise’s horror roots. So, this implies that the new film might not continue the connection to Prometheus.
The Plot of Alien Romulus
The Alien franchise is highly regarded in the movie industry as a combination of horror and science fiction. The story revolves around a huge and aggressive alien that uses humans as a means to lay its eggs. The first movie is considered a masterpiece, and it led to the creation of five sequels. Additionally, there were two crossover movies that combined the Alien and Predator franchises. Interestingly, the Predator franchise also recently released a standalone film called Prey. It takes place 300 years in the past during an alien invasion and is widely regarded as one of the top movies of 2022.
The specific storyline for the new Alien movie has not been disclosed yet. However, the creative team has made it clear that it will be a standalone film, separate from both the original series and the prequels created by Ridley Scott. Currently, only a general but interesting summary has been provided, which suggests that the movie will follow a group of young individuals in a distant world who face a terrifying encounter with a deadly alien creature. The film will introduce a completely new set of characters, and it will likely explore a period in the franchise that has not been depicted before.
What are all the previous Alien movies?
The original movie, Alien (1979), was directed by Ridley Scott and takes place on a spaceship called the Nostromo. The crew of the ship comes across a strange alien creature that begins to hunt and kill them one by one. Sigourney Weaver played the lead character, Ellen Ripley. However, the film received both critical acclaim and was a financial success.
The second film, Aliens (1986), directed by James Cameron, is set many years after the events of the first movie. Ripley comes back to face the Xenomorphs once more, but this time she is joined by a group of colonial marines. The movie is famous for its thrilling action scenes and impressive special effects, and it is often regarded as one of the greatest sequels ever created.
In the third film, Alien 3 (1992), directed by David Fincher, the story unfolds on a prison planet where Ripley ends up crash-landing after the events of the second movie. To her dismay, she discovers that a Xenomorph has secretly hitchhiked on her escape pod, and chaos ensues as the creature begins to terrorize the prisoners on the planet.
In the fourth installment, Alien Resurrection (1997), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the story unfolds 200 years after the events of the previous film. Scientists have successfully cloned Ripley and managed to extract a Xenomorph queen from her body. As a result, a new species of alien creatures is created.
The franchise also includes two movies that combine the Alien and Predator franchises: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). In these films, the Xenomorphs from the Alien series engage in battles with the Predators from another movie franchise.
Additionally, there were prequel movies released as well. These include Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017).
Release Date of Alien Romulus
According to a report from Brzkr, Fede Alvarez’s upcoming Alien film, which is currently referred to as Alien: Romulus, has been given an official release date. The movie is set to premiere on August 16th, 2024.