Alien: Romulus Director Teases Connections to Original Alien Film as Sci-Fi Classic Returns to Theaters

"Alien" returns to theaters for its 45th anniversary, as director Fede Álvarez teases "Alien: Romulus," a new horror thriller set in the franchise's iconic universe, with Ridley Scott's seal of approval. Fans eagerly await the expansion of the enduring "Alien" legacy.

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Alien: Romulus Director Teases Connections to Original Alien Film as Sci-Fi Classic Returns to Theaters

Alien: Romulus Director Teases Connections to Original Alien Film as Sci-Fi Classic Returns to Theaters

As Ridley Scott's iconic sci-fi horror film "Alien" returns to theaters for its 45th anniversary, anticipation is building for the upcoming installment in the franchise, "Alien: Romulus." The new film's director, Fede Álvarez, has hinted at intriguing connections between his movie and the original that started it all.

Álvarez, known for his work on "Evil Dead" and "Don't Breathe," says "Alien: Romulus" is a return to the franchise's horror roots. "At its core, [it] is a horror thriller," he described. The filmmaker, who was too young to see the original "Alien" in theaters, recently got a look at the new print coming to theaters and said it looks "incredible."

Set around the time of the original "Alien" and "Aliens" movies, "Alien: Romulus" follows a group of 20-somethings in a mining colony who encounter the deadly Xenomorph. To capture the look and feel of the earlier films, Álvarez enlisted many of the same behind-the-scenes creatives and concept artists who worked on them. This included finding practical solutions to recreate iconic effects, like using Styrofoam and acetone to mimic the alien's corrosive blood.

Ridley Scott, the visionary director behind the 1979 "Alien," has already seen "Alien: Romulus" and given it his seal of approval. "[It's] f***ing great," he said of the new installment.

Why this matters: The return of "Alien" to theaters and the upcoming release of "Alien: Romulus" mark a significant moment for the iconic sci-fi horror franchise. As a new generation of filmmakers pay homage to the original while pushing the series in fresh directions, fans are eager to see how these movies will expand the "Alien" universe and its enduring legacy.

To celebrate "Alien" Day on April 26, the original film will screen in theaters, including a special showing at the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell, Georgia. Prior to the screening, Ridley Scott and Fede Álvarez will discuss the franchise's origins and future in a conversation event. "Alien: Romulus" is set to hit theaters on August 16, 2024, with a cast that includes Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, and Archie Renaux.

Key Takeaways

  • Iconic "Alien" film returns to theaters for 45th anniversary.
  • "Alien: Romulus" is a new franchise installment directed by Fede Álvarez.
  • Álvarez aims to capture the horror roots of the original "Alien".
  • Ridley Scott has approved the new film, calling it "f***ing great".
  • "Alien: Romulus" set for 2024 release, with a new young cast.