Alien: Romulus looks like a throwback to the roots of the franchise, with a similar setting as the first movie. A group of colonists are viciously hunted on a space vessel by the most dangerous organism in the universe; the Xenomorph.

Scaling Down

While I may be in the minority of the fanbase as a massive enjoyer of the world-building and expansiveness of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, it will be interesting to see the series return to the original format. The two prequels had relatively short stalking on ship segments (Prometheus not even featuring a Xenomorph set piece) and the return to claustrophobic horror in an artificial environment is exciting. The genre of Romulus appears to be more concretely sci-fi horror than the last several entries. Set between the events of Alien and Aliens the aesthetic of the film looks to be more in line with the originals as well, with costuming and set design looking more consistent with the timeline, and even the character of Rain, played by Cailee Spaeny, drawing comparisons to Ellen Ripley. 

In an interview with Variety, Spaeny revealed that the connections to the originals runs deeper than the set up, saying, “They brought the same team from ‘Aliens,’ the James Cameron film. The same people who built those xenomorphs actually came on and built ours. So getting to see the original design with the original people who have been working on these films for 45-plus years and has been so much of their life has been really incredible.”

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A New Director

Fede Alvarez, Alien: Romulus

Director Fede Alvarez takes the wheel from Ridley Scott (director of the last two entries and series creator) for this entry. Alvarez has experience in the horror genre, with his best known works being Evil Dead (2013) and Don’t Breathe. I’m interested to see how his work from Don’t Breathe will bleed into Alien: Romulus – his ability to create tension and suspense as we watch isolated people being stalked was masterful. The films even have very similar set-ups, take a look at the logline for Romulus:

While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe.

Just replace a house with a space station, thieving teenagers with space scavengers, and a crazy blind man with a xenomorph. I think Alvarez’s experience from Don’t Breathe will lend itself very well to this new entry in the Alien franchise, and I look forward to squirming in my seat when the facehugger inevitably show up on screen.  

Summer Blockbuster Release

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Alien: Romulus is set to release August 16, 2024, during the middle of blockbuster season. For more on upcoming movies out this year, check out our article The Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

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