Alien: Romulus is an upcoming film in the Alien franchise. Directed by Fede Álvarez and produced by Ridley Scott, it is set to be released on August 16, 2024.

Publisher's summary[]

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.


'The film, an original standalone feature based on the original sci-fi horror movie released in 1979, will follow a group of young people on a distant world, who find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe.[4]

Romulus takes place in 2142;[3] between the events of Alien and Aliens.[5] Most of the film takes place on the space station Renaissance. Many of the characters are siblings, whether it be through blood, or as surrogate siblings.[3]

Romulus takes place in the 'era' of the first film. This is represented on-screen with the technology present being the same (or at least similar) to that in Alien, whereas the technology seen in Aliens is on the cusp of being developed.[3] The first hour of the film adopts the slower, dread-leaded atmosphere of Alien, while the second hour is more akin to Aliens in style and tempo.[6]

The film is designed to be accessible to those who have not watched any prior Alien films.[7]

The film's level of connectivity to said films has differed between sources. According to Collider, Romulus will have no connection to any previous Alien film or the Alien TV series.[5] According to Rodo Sayagues (one of Alvarez's collaborators), the film's script does not connect with any prior Alien film sans the titular creature.[8] According to Alvarez himself however, connections to the other films are not ignored in Romulus, specifically mentioning Alien and Alien: Covenant,[9] and has stated that Romulus does not override any prior installment.[8]



The idea for Romulus was pitched by Alvarez to Ridley Scott sometime before 2021. In this year, Scott called Alvarez and asked him if he was still willing to make the Alien movie he had pitched. Alvarez succeeded. According to 20th Century Studios president Steve Asbell, 20C decided to move forward with the project "purely off the strength of Fede's [Alvarez's] pitch," as it was "just a really good story with a bunch of characters you haven't seen before."[8]

Alvarez was attached to the project in 2022.[5] One of the first things Alvarez considered was when to set the film. He decided to set it between Alien and Aliens.[3] Ridley Scott served as a producer, while James Cameron worked as an unofficial consultant.[9]

Alvarez used Xenopedia when writing the film. Romulus is designed to fit into the canon of the films as much as possible, but according to Alvarez, "things got hard" when he started factoring in the novels.[11]

The characters are younger than those found in other Alien films. The idea for this came from the extended cut of Aliens, where children can be seen in Hadley's Hope before the Xenomorph outbreak. According to Alvarez, "what would it be like for those kids to grow up in a colony that still needs another 50 years to terraform? So I remember thinking, if I ever tell a story in that world, I would definitely be interested in those kids when they reach their early twenties."[9]

The team who worked on the Xenomorphs in Aliens were brought in to create the film's Xenomorphs.[12] It has been stated that the Xenomorph design in the film is more similar to the original H.R. Giger designs than any other incarnation since the original Alien.[13]

A director's cut was shown to both Scott and James Cameron, both of whom gave the film their approval.[3]

The title was officially confirmed by Disney in Q1 2024.[14] The film was originally intended to release on Hulu, but before shooting began, it was decided to release it in theaters instead.[15]


  • Siblinghood is an intended theme of the film. This is reflected in the character roster (many of the characters are siblings), the design and namesakes of Renaissance (the Romulus and Remus modules), and the titular Roman figures.[3]



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  1. https://deadline.com/2022/11/cailee-spaeny-alien-movie-20th-century-scott-free-1235174184/
  2. https://www.thewrap.com/fede-alvarez-alien-release-date/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2PYIrvnX8I
  4. https://variety.com/2023/film/news/new-alien-movie-plot-synopsis-full-cast-1235542570/
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 https://collider.com/alien-9-fede-alvarez-cast-plot/
  6. "Is Romulus More Like Alien Or Aliens? Director Fede Álvarez’s Response Should Make Every Fan Happy". Retrieved on 2024-06-04.
  7. https://www.ign.com/articles/alien-romulus-director-says-you-dont-need-to-watch-other-alien-movies
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "JoBlo - Alien Romulus: new pictures and more on the heroes". Retrieved on 2024-05-24.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 https://au.news.yahoo.com/xenomorphs-back-everything-know-alien-131339498.html?guccounter=1
  10. https://ew.com/alien-romulus-director-fede-alvarez-star-cailee-spaeny-tease-new-xenomorph-8642159?taid=663518c87de5b70001af8681&utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly_entertainmentweekly&utm_content=new&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com
  11. "https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a61205914/alien-romulus-fede-alvarez-canon/". Retrieved on 22nd June 2024.
  12. https://variety.com/2023/film/news/alien-romulus-set-between-first-two-cailee-spaeny-1235810521/
  13. "Why Alien: Romulus pits the Xenomorph against a younger crew". Retrieved on 13 May 2024.
  14. "What Is Alien: Romulus?". Retrieved on 20th February 2024.
  15. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/alien-romulus-trailer-ridley-scott-1235856321/