NEW ALIEN MOVIE IS UNDERWAY! January 08. 2023. Alien: Romulus, directed by Fede Alvarez, starts filming in February 2023!
A production listing posted by the Film & Television Industry Alliance has revealed that the Alien film that’s set to be directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013, Don’t Breathe) is going by the working title of Alien: Romulus… and filming is scheduled to begin in Budapest, Hungary on February 6th!
Last month, it was announced that Cailee Spaeny of Pacific Rim: Uprising will star in the film, which is coming to us from Momentum and 20th Century Studios, with Ridley Scott producing through his Scott Free banner. It’s being made for release through the Hulu streaming service, much like the Predator franchise addition Prey that was released earlier this year (and turned out to be one of the more well-received entries in that series).
Very little is known what Alvarez has in store for us with Alien: Romulus. Alvarez will be directing the film from a screenplay he was written with his frequent collaborator Rodo Sayagues. When the project was announced near the start of this year, it was said that Alvarez pitched this idea for a new Alien movie to Ridley Scott years ago. Whatever the idea was, it stuck with Scott. So late last year, he called Alvarez and asked if he still wanted to make an Alien movie. Clearly, the answer was yes. 20th Century Studios division president Steve Asbell told The Hollywood Reporter that they picked up the project “purely off the strength of Fede’s pitch. It was just a really good story with a bunch of characters you haven’t seen before.“
Asbell added that, since the movie is being made for Hulu instead of a theatrical release, “It’s not a film that has to be all things to all people with those gargantuan budgets. They get to be authentically what they are. And this is closer to its genre roots.“
The story Alvarez and Sayagues have crafted for this movie is not connected to the other films in the Alien franchise.
Alien: Romulus Teaser:
According to a listing on ProductionList.com, Alien: Romulus - which may or may not be its official title - is scheduled to begin filming on February 6, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.
Details are few and far between, but up-and-coming Mare of Easttown actress Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy; Pacific Rim: Uprising) is set to play the lead role. There has been some speculation that she might be playing an older take on Newt from James Cameron's Aliens, but that seems unlikely.
While there is always a chance this film will be connected to the previous instalments in the franchise, it is being described as a reboot. Whatever the case may be, it's probably safe to assume that it won't continue the divisive plot lines that played out in Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Alien: Covenant - although Scott will produce under his Scott Free banner.
Apparently, the legendary filmmaker was intrigued by an idea Alvarez pitched him on a few years ago, and called him out of the blue last year to see if he had any interest in developing it.
Hulu is also working on an Alien TV series with Noah Hawley (Fargo; Legion) that's expected to premiere at some point over the next two years. Whether both projects will be linked in any way remains to be seen.