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[Updated] It’s Official! Fede Alvarez’s New Film is Titled Alien: Romulus

We’ve known for quite some time that Fede Alvarez’s upcoming Alien film was in production under the working title Alien: Romulus, but it’s now known that the film will also be releasing under that title. During Disney’s first quarterly earnings call (via Deadline), CEO Bob Iger confirmed the final title and re-iterated that Alien: Romulus would be releasing theatrically on the 16th of August 2024!

20th Century Studios’ Alien reboot movie from Fede Alvarez is now known as Alien: Romulus. Here is pic’s blurb: Young people from a distant world must face the most terrifying life form in the universe. The movie is still set for Aug. 16 this year and stars Priscilla’s Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, Aileen Wu, Spike Fearn, David Jonsson and Archie Renaux. The new feature creature from outer space movie is not connected to the FX series that Noah Hawley is behind.

 [Updated] It's Official! Fede Alvarez's New Film is Titled Alien: Romulus

On #AlienDay 2023 director Fede Alvarez shared this picture from the set of Alien: Romulus.

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Update 09/02/2024: Disney’s Q1’24 Earnings Presentation has been uploaded the worldwide web and Alien: Romulus’ logo can also be found on Slide 8 with Disney’s upcoming release slate. Much like Alien: Covenant also did, Romulus returns to the original Alien type-face.

 [Updated] It's Official! Fede Alvarez's New Film is Titled Alien: Romulus



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  1. BigDaddyJohn
    Yep I'm leaning towards it's a Fede thing. If there is such a scene, you could have done globally the same scene without barbs.

    This situation is discussed numerously without being shown in previous films. This time you could show it and it would sill be a never seen before scene.

    Technically, no need for barbs indeed. But eh, I like the extra nastyness anyways so  :laugh:
  2. MaineXeno
    I feel like I've seen facehuggers with barbed talons in the comics before. I could also just be misremembering and thinking of the random spikes put on their backs in some of them
  3. Local Trouble
    I can't deny it would be interesting to see what happens when you pry a facehugger off someone's face mid-implantation.  It would certainly contextualize how John J. Marachuk died in Aliens.
  4. DARIAS93
    Quote from: PortugueseXeno on Yesterday at 12:12:19 PMDamn, the "barbed wire" facehugger is such a nasty and raw addition.

    Not only does it have acid as a defensive mechanism, but if some other party tries to remove the facehugger from the host by other means, it will start ripping off the skin (and more) from its victim's face, therefore making it more likely for it to be left alone.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this is Isabella's disgusting scene.

    She gets face-hugged, and when the other crew members try to remove it, the facehugger will rip her face her off.

    Knowing Fede and his movies, this could probably be his best practical effect achievement yet.

    Evil Dead had the arm scene, but this seems like it could top it.

    This is personally my favorite theory. This is something we haven't seen in any "Alien" film. Every thing else was about chest bursting, head puncturing, etcetera. This will be the film's signature scene. Its main attraction. Yes, the facehugger is already terrifying as it is, but adding the extra "Barbed wire" will definitely bring a new level of fear for our little critter friend.
  5. Highland
    Quote from: SiL on Today at 02:10:41 AM
    Quote from: Highland on Yesterday at 11:36:01 PMThere is one possible reason for the barbs that's not been mentioned - What if it's to hold on to the outside of a space ship/flat surface or any kind of moving situation it can't get its fingers around.

    The barbs are not for impregnation - they are for getting the Facehugger from A to B.
    They've never had an issue getting around before and, let's face it, it's Fede. They're getting used there.

    Technically we've never seen the situation before (the holding on to something) so it wouldn't break canon. I guess my issue with the barbs being used as some kind of you can't get me off "thing" is that it would suggest there's no is she is she not impregnated tense part of the movie. It would be quite clear that somebody has something going on with .....they face  :laugh:

    Unless the hugger needs it for bigger prey, perhaps the Alien gets born from a bigger animal we've not seen. Maybe the barbs are what shoot the acid to eat through the helmets?

    If it's for humans then yeah, I agree, it's probably in there just for the gore factor.
  6. SiL
    Quote from: Highland on Yesterday at 11:36:01 PMThere is one possible reason for the barbs that's not been mentioned - What if it's to hold on to the outside of a space ship/flat surface or any kind of moving situation it can't get its fingers around.

    The barbs are not for impregnation - they are for getting the Facehugger from A to B.
    They've never had an issue getting around before and, let's face it, it's Fede. They're getting used there.
  7. Mike’s Monsters
    I've noticed a few people saying that I was "reading too much into the image" or that it's slime, lighting or it's not on every finger around the socials.

    I pointed them out for a reason. Because they are indeed there, lol.

    Good catch on it being on the Queen Facehugger. That's a detail I'd never noticed. From what I've seen, I am fairly certain these barbs are on every finger of these new Facehugger designs instead of just the front two on the Queen Facehugger.
  8. Highland
    There is one possible reason for the barbs that's not been mentioned - What if it's to hold on to the outside of a space ship/flat surface or any kind of moving situation it can't get its fingers around.

    The barbs are not for impregnation - they are for getting the Facehugger from A to B.

  9. skhellter
    the barbs are so minor lol

    gonna make for a cool scene probably

    know what was a "bit much"?
    Remember Cameron's Aliens and the arm blades?

    but still nobody cried about those and they looked cool so... whatever.

    storm in a teacup. 
  10. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: SiL on Yesterday at 08:11:45 PM
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Yesterday at 01:40:04 PMI think the Aliens themselves are plenty vindictive. 

    https://64.media.tumblr.com/7e952fb2b0134d9dcdd019ab97b18c31/c348cb6773639a0b-0e/s540x810/7c33730ec4e05698f5df3954604a171c986fa0e2.gif
    The only Alien you could possibly argue is vindictive is the Queen. None of the others are out for any sort of revenge.

    If you say so, I get the vibe of otherwise in three.
  11. PortugueseXeno
    Quote from: Immortan Jonesy on Yesterday at 07:58:17 PM
    Quote from: PortugueseXeno on Yesterday at 07:52:27 PM
    Quote from: Immortan Jonesy on Yesterday at 07:24:13 PM@PortugueseXeno is not here today. There's something odd here. 👀👉👈

    Too busy being obssessed with Dune Part 2.

    Right

    https://s9.gifyu.com/images/SFGd7.gif

    But make no mistake, what Mike's Monsters posted got me excited, but it's hard for me to really think about Alien: Romulus at the moment, when i´ve just been thinking (and obssessing) about how much of a cinematic masterpiece Dune Part 2 was.

    I know that a lot of people are throwing around, "cinematic masterpiece" for Dune Part 2, but damn, that movie was such a special event.

    Denis Villeneuve is the man.
  12. Nightmare Asylum
    I'm cool with the barbs. Gonna be pretty grisly. RIP to the beautiful face of whichever unfortunate victim happens to have the misfortune of having someone try to pry the Facehugger off of them...
  13. Still Collating...
    Are the barbs a bit too much? Maybe, would've liked for them to be smaller, almost microscopic, but not a too big of a difference and makes sense. I never understood how the huggers nails were tearing off Kane's scalp when the nails were short and not really curved at all. This makes the tight grip much more plausible. Doesn't have to be completely hooked into the head to make a bloody mess.
    But I do see Fede going that route for a gruesome scene. If the changes and new features are minor like these, I won't have too much of a problem with it.

    I do like the old way where the host wasn't marked and with the amnesia could wonder around for some time, be rescued and picked up and unknowingly spread the Alien. But that hasn't been upheld for some time now, long before Covenant and AvP even. 
  14. Mike’s Monsters
    You all went wild with the barbs so quickly. Gonna be fun watching the reactions when the trailer finally hits. I'm in a very unique situation having seen it all with only that one production still out there.

    It's so hard not saying anything, but knowing I'd seen those barbs, I had to point them out to everyone since they were right in front of our eyes. I'm still not gonna give anything away that would spoil plot details or anything.
  15. Bojo
    Sounds like something thats been purely designed for a new toy line.
    Voice over ' And now witness the new Facehugger with brutal bladed fingers '
    Some gormless kid 'Woah !'
  16. TheBATMAN
    I agree the barbs do seem unnecessary given the denfensive mechanisms the hugger already has in place. I'd like to see the return of the royal facehugger concept though. Didnt the original AVP comic have the queen huggers with spikes?
  17. Bojo
    Sounds abit daft . Barbed wire fingers. Sounds horrific and will likely have brutal consequences ( why design them in the first place) but it doesn't seem organic. Nasty for the sake of being nasty.
    Like his Evil Dead film.
  18. SiL
    Quote from: PortugueseXeno on Yesterday at 01:14:15 PMWhat if people tried to drop a bucket of water (or another liquid) in order to make the facehugger "slippier" or tried to burn it with a lighter in order for it to have a quick let go response.
    It took several adults to pull one off that wasn't fully attached while wet in the second movie.

    They cut it in the first movie and it didn't let go. It didn't even flinch.

    QuoteThe barbed wire makes it so that the victim has absolutely no chance of getting out of this situation once it has been facehugged.

    Either it gets chestbursted in the near future or it will have his face ripped off and potentially die from its wounds.
    Again, this is already the case without barbs. The face hugger tears Kane's scalp when they try to take it off in the first movie, that's why they try to cut it. Dallas says you can't take it off without taking his face off with it.
  19. PortugueseXeno
    Quote from: SiL on Yesterday at 12:37:35 PM
    Quote from: PortugueseXeno on Yesterday at 12:12:19 PMNot only does it have acid as a defensive mechanism, but if some other party tries to remove the facehugger from the host by other means, it will start ripping off the skin (and more) from its victim's face, therefore making it more likely for it to be left alone.
    The tail would just choke the victim. We saw that in the first movie and it was confirmed in the second. In the first movie they also mention the nails are tearing Kane's scalp.

    First movie also shows the facehugger can secrete acid so that's another line of defense.

    I guess my issue is, if they wanted to make face-hugging nastier, there are so many things already in place that we've never seen in action they could've gone with. Finger spikes is just kind of dumb.

    What if people tried to drop a bucket of water (or another liquid) in order to make the facehugger "slippier" or tried to burn it with a lighter in order for it to have a quick let go response.

    The barbed wire makes it so that the victim has absolutely no chance of getting out of this situation once it has been facehugged.

    Either it gets chestbursted in the near future or it will have his face ripped off and potentially die from its wounds.
  20. SiL
    Quote from: PortugueseXeno on Yesterday at 12:12:19 PMNot only does it have acid as a defensive mechanism, but if some other party tries to remove the facehugger from the host by other means, it will start ripping off the skin (and more) from its victim's face, therefore making it more likely for it to be left alone.
    The tail would just choke the victim. We saw that in the first movie and it was confirmed in the second. In the first movie they also mention the nails are tearing Kane's scalp.

    First movie also shows the facehugger can secrete acid so that's another line of defense.

    I guess my issue is, if they wanted to make face-hugging nastier, there are so many things already in place that we've never seen in action they could've gone with. Finger spikes is just kind of dumb.
  21. PortugueseXeno
    Damn, the "barbed wire" facehugger is such a nasty and raw addition.

    Not only does it have acid as a defensive mechanism, but if some other party tries to remove the facehugger from the host by other means, it will start ripping off the skin (and more) from its victim's face, therefore making it more likely for it to be left alone.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this is Isabella's disgusting scene.

    She gets face-hugged, and when the other crew members try to remove it, the facehugger will rip her face her off.

    Knowing Fede and his movies, this could probably be his best practical effect achievement yet.

    Evil Dead had the arm scene, but this seems like it could top it.
  22. SiL
    I guess they're not going with the original impregnation time either. Not damaging the host makes sense if they might get to move around undetected before popping; if it's microwave bake Aliens from AvP onwards, what does it matter if you damage them?
  23. BigDaddyJohn
    I don't see how it particularly make sense for the facehugger to almost inevitably damage the host with those added barbs though.

    Maybe it has another purpose but I doubt it. I totally recognize Fede's style in this, it makes sense in that regard.
  24. BlueMarsalis79
    I think of the part when it just running into Jude splatters him all over the doorway as particularly brutal. And the autopsy and theatrical chestburster as emotionally brutal.
  25. BlueMarsalis79
    I am hoping for the same brutality we saw in Alien³ but expecting none of the artfulness of it either, I hope he surprises me on that count, if we get an Alien POV shot at any point, I hope it is a fisheye and not that awful veiny POV in Covenant.
  26. SiL
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Yesterday at 10:50:24 AMI've said it before, but Covenant's shower scene is probably the horror beat in the series that most feels like a thesis statement for what I'm expecting from Álvarez's work on this one.
    Nah, that scene still pulls away to recreate the Lambert death beat. I don't expect Fede to shy away and rely on audio or a character seeing the aftermath.

    I hope he does. I don't expect it.
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