The highly anticipated upcoming Alien film helmed by director Fede Alvarez has officially been unveiled with the intriguing title, “Alien: Romulus,” according to the latest report from Deadline. While the Romulus subtitle has been circulating as a working title for some time, it has now been solidified as the official moniker, aligning seamlessly with the franchise’s rich tradition of drawing from religious and mythological references.
Disney CEO Bob Iger made the revelation during the company’s Q1 earnings call, adding another layer of excitement to the film. Alvarez, the acclaimed Uruguayan horror filmmaker renowned for his work on “Don’t Breathe” and the 2013 remake of “Evil Dead,” pitched a compelling concept to 20th Century, leading them to prioritize the production of “Alien: Romulus.”
The film is set to unfold in the narrative space between the iconic events of 1979’s “Alien” and its 1986 sequel, “Aliens.” The film’s synopsis teases a suspenseful storyline: “Young people from a distant world must face the most terrifying life form in the universe.”
The ensemble cast of “Romulus” boasts a talented lineup, including Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, Aileen Wu, Spike Fearn, David Jonsson, and Archie Renaux. Positioned as the seventh installment in the main Alien franchise, the movie distinguishes itself from the concurrently developed Alien TV series in progress at FX, masterminded by Noah Hawley. Unfortunately, due to setbacks stemming from last year’s entertainment industry strikes, the series is likely to see the light of day only next year.
Mark your calendars for August 16, as “Alien: Romulus” is slated for a theatrical release, deviating from its initial plan to launch on Hulu. The decision to opt for the big screen suggests the filmmakers’ confidence in delivering a cinematic experience that deserves the grandeur of a theatrical presentation. As anticipation builds, fans can look forward to immersing themselves in the next chapter of the Alien saga, promising a fresh perspective and spine-tingling thrills.