Alien Romulus

First ‘Alien: Romulus’ Trailer Video From 20th Century Studios

The Xenomorph is back! After a detour into the prequel territory with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, the Alien franchise is taking a sharp turn with its upcoming film, Alien: Romulus. Set to hit theaters on August 16, 2024, Romulus promises a return to the franchise’s roots – a standalone, terrifying encounter with the most horrifying creature in space.

A Fresh Start: Disconnected from the Prequels

One of the most talked-about aspects of Romulus is its place in the Alien timeline. Unlike the recent prequels that explored the origins of the Xenomorphs and the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Romulus acts as an interquel – taking place between the events of the original Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986). This not only allows the film to avoid the baggage of the prequel storylines but also injects a sense of mystery. We know the threat the Xenomorphs pose, but the specifics of Romulus’ narrative remain shrouded in secrecy.

Young Blood vs. the Old Ones

Another intriguing element of Romulus is its cast. Unlike the grizzled veterans of the Nostromo or the Colonial Marines of Aliens, Romulus focuses on a group of young space scavengers. This shift in perspective brings a sense of vulnerability and rawness to the story. These characters likely haven’t encountered the horrors the Xenomorph represents, and their inexperience could prove to be both a strength and a weakness.

Back to Basics: Terror in Confined Spaces

Director Fede Alvarez, known for his chilling horror films like Evil Dead (2013), seems to be taking the franchise back to its roots. Romulus reportedly draws inspiration from the claustrophobic atmosphere of the original Alien. Expect the film to utilize dark, confined spaces and rely heavily on suspense to build tension. This return to the series’ signature style is likely to please fans who felt the prequels lacked the raw terror of the earlier films.

A Legacy to Live Up To

The Alien franchise holds a special place in the hearts of sci-fi horror fans. The original film, with its groundbreaking special effects and Ridley Scott’s masterful direction, remains a benchmark in the genre. While Aliens offered a thrilling sequel, the franchise has had its share of ups and downs with Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. The recent prequels, while visually stunning, left some fans wanting more in terms of horror and narrative cohesion.

A Promising Return for the Xenomorph

Alien: Romulus has the potential to be a breath of fresh air for the Alien franchise. By taking the story back to its core elements, focusing on a young cast facing the unknown, and prioritizing atmosphere over CGI spectacle, Romulus seems poised to deliver a genuinely terrifying experience. Whether it can recapture the magic of the original Alien remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: come August 16th, a new generation will be screaming in fear as the Xenomorph returns to haunt the darkened theaters.