Director Fede Alvarez is set to bring the Xenomorphs back to the theaters next year, in a highly anticipated new Alien movie shot in Budapest.
According to a recent announcement by Disney, the film will be released on August 16, 2024. While it was originally planned to debut on Hulu, the film, which runs under the working title Alien: Romulus according to a production listing by the Film & Television Industry Alliance, will hit the cinemas instead. The project’s final title is currently still unconfirmed.
The filming of the ninth Alien movie started this spring at Budapest’s ORIGO Studios, which has served as the shooting location for an increasing number of international productions over the last few years.
According to an article by the Hollywood Reporter, the script doesn’t have any direct ties to previous Alien movies, however it features the Xenomorphs, as the film will focus on a group of young people on a distant world, fighting for their lives against the iconic creatures.
While there was speculation regarding the Alien franchise’s direction, including talks of a direct sequel to Alien: Covenant, Alvarez told the franchise’s father Ridley Scott about his original approach to making a new Alien film years ago, and in 2021, he received a call from Scott convincing him to make that movie.
The known cast of the film includes an impressive bunch of actors and actresses, including Cailee Spaeny (“Mare of Easttown”), Archie Renaux (“Shadow and Bone”), David Jonsson (“Industry”), Spike Fearn (“The Batman”), Isabela Merced (“Rosaline”), and Aileen Wu (“Away from Home”).
Additionally, an Alien TV series by Noah Hawley is also in the works on Hulu, set on Earth about seventy years from now. While it won’t feature characters from the movies, the Weylan-Yutani corporation will be involved. According to an article by Variety, the film’s lead character will be played by Sydney Chandler.
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