Earlier this summer, just before the actor’s strike began, filming was wrapped on the next instalment in the “Alien” franchise, which is currently called “Alien: Romulus”, and now post-production work on the film is underway to get the film ready for its release in cinemas on August 16th, 2024.
This new Alien film has been directed by Fede Alvarez, who has previously directed “Don’t Breathe” and “Evil Dead”. Fede has also co-written the film with his longtime collaborator Rodo Sayagues. No plot details have yet been revealed about the new Alien film.
It will also be produced by the original “Alien” director, Ridley Scott and will star Cailee Spaeny, who has previously appeared in the “Mare of Easttown”. Also starring in the film will be Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu.
During a recent appearance at the DGA Latino Summit 2023, the film’s director, Fede Álvarez, was speaking with director Guillermo del Toro about his upcoming “Alien” film, revealing that Ridley Scott wanted to see the film before anybody else and thought it’s “f***ing great.”
“Everyone gave me the head’s up that Ridley is really tough. He’s really tough, particularly if it has something to do with his movies. He was really tough on Blade Runner , which I thought was a masterpiece, and he had issues with it because it’s really hard for him because it’s his work…I asked him about the new Top Gun and he’s like ‘Meh.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And he was like, ‘My brother’s was original and this is like eh.’ He really respected it, but you could see how tough he was. So I was like, ‘There’s no way I win this one.’”
Fede Álvarez revealed more details on when he showed the new “Alien” film to Ridley Scott:
“I wanted to be in front of him and see him in the eye. I didn’t want to get an email where it says ‘Ridley says… And then he walks into the room and he did say, ‘Fede, what can I say? It’s f***ing great. “For me, it was like… My family knows it was one of the best moments of my life to have a master like him, whom I admired so much, to even watch a movie I made, but particularly something like this… and talk to me for an hour about what he liked about it. One of the best compliments he said was, ‘The dialogue is great. Are you the writer?’ Yes!”
Initially, the film was set up to be a Hulu/Star Original film for Disney’s streaming services, but now the film will get a theatrical release instead, hopefully learning from the mistake 20th Century Studios made with the Predator film, “Prey”.
This isn’t the only “Alien” project currently in development by Disney, as production is currently underway in Thailand on a brand new series by FX for Disney’s streaming services.
While we wait for the new Alien film, you can watch the previous Alien films on Starz in the US and on Disney+ in many countries around the world now.
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