One of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2024 is the new entry in the Alien franchise.
The first Alien was released in 1979. It was a claustrophobic horror set in space, with hero Ellen Ripley and her crewmates terrorised by a being that would eventually be known as a Xenomorph.
Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley, would return for Alien: Resurrection in 1997.
Over a decade later, Ridley Scott would return to direct the prequel movie set in the Alien universe, Prometheus, and that was followed by Alien: Covenant. Neill Blomkamp was heavily involved in the development of a new movie, but his pitch was ditched in favour of a vision from Fede Alvarez.
Star Cailee Spaeny has revealed that Romulus takes place between the events of Alien and Aliens.
"It’s supposed to slot in between the first movie and the second movie," she told Variety.
"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."
Fans have now speculated that Romulus could act as a prequel to Aliens and might feature Hadley's Hope research colony.
Ridley Scott enjoyed Alien: Romulus
Scott is naturally very protective of the franchise, but the good news is, he's seen Alien: Romulus - and he loves it!
“Even if he didn’t ask for it, I was gonna go there and sit at a table and look at him and get it,” Alvarez said at the DGA Latino Summit in Los Angeles.
“Even if he was gonna say, ‘You destroyed my legacy,’ 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…’”
Scott apparently walked into the room and said: “‘Fede, what can I say? It’s fucking great.’”
On an uninhabited planet, the crew of an intergalactic freighter discovers a spaceship that sends out a distress signal. Crew members Kane (John Hurt), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright ) and Dallas (Tom Skerritt) board the unknown ship and Kane finds an unknown organism in the catacombs that immediately attaches itself to his face. Not long after, he gives birth to a terrible monster that systematically hunts the terrified crew members, including Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver).
Alvarez said the response from Sir Ridley was one of the best moments of his entire life.
“My family knows it was one of the best moments of my life to have a master like him, whom I admire so much, to even watch a movie I made, particularly something like this, and talk to me for an hour about what he liked about it," he added.
"One of the best compliments he said was, ‘The dialogue is great. Are you the writer?’ Yes!”