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“How Do I Do Both?” – Alien: Romulus Director Fede Alvarez Talks Alien and Aliens Influence

As Muthur’s countdown continues until the release of Alien: Romulus on August 16th, the wheels of the publicity machine continue to turn! In a new article posted by Empire, Fede Alvarez talked about the challenge of making a film that felt both Alien and Aliens.

“To ask an Alien fan to choose between them is a perverse question. So I thought, ‘How do I do both?’” Get ready, then, for a film that aims to conjure the slow-build scares of Alien with the oh-god-they’re-everywhere assault of Aliens, set at a point between the events of those original two movies. That even extends to the film’s look – with the galactic Renaissance Station split into two sections, the Alien-esque Remus, and the more advanced Aliens-alike Romulus. “There’s a moment where the characters are walking around areas familiar from the Nostromo,” says Álvarez. “Then they cross through that building and on the other side: boom! You’re in a hallway that looks like Hadley’s Hope [from Aliens].”

Alongside a brand-new publicity still featuring Cailee Spaeny’s Rain and her synthetic brother, David Jonsson’s Andy, Fede also spoke more about the background between the characters.

 "How Do I Do Both?" - Alien: Romulus Director Fede Alvarez Talks Alien and Aliens Influence

“When her father was dying, he left Andy to be a kind of caretaker,” explains Álvarez of the pair’s dynamic. “But Andy is a bit damaged and he’s an older model. So more than a surrogate father, he becomes a younger brother to her. And that was always the heart of the story: this relationship between the two… and how that relationship unfolds once shit hits the fan.”

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  1. Mr. Joe
    "So more than a surrogate father, he becom a young brother to her"  :o   and weak man Andy (David Joness) height 1.75
    Rain (Cailee Spaney) height 1.55  strong girl boss  ;D
    Alien TV series Tim Olyphant as Krish Wendy's synth mentor and trainer and maybe father  ;)
    Maybe next Ramon and Leticia Vasquez synth mother after 2179 Ramon weak man Leticia strong woman  ;D 
  2. SM
    QuoteYou guys' minds are bound by human-centrism. Cameron's portrayal of Ripley has led you guys to believe that the franchise can't be separated from Ripley. You guys are forgetting what the franchise was supposed to be.

    What?

    What was "the franchise supposed to be"?

    Remember if you copy and paste your response twice, it makes for a stronger argument.
  3. Yuppers
    I think i have had come up with exactly that alt ending with mimicry of voices being a thing. I was also pretty drunk and half a sleep. Sounds kind of cool but the xeno would have to exhibit a lot of evolution post adult xeno and that we haven't even seen other than becoming a royal guard and throwing up hive matter through its dorsel tubes but nobody cares about that these days because James Cameron went camera man on us.
  4. 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔈𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔥 𝔓𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯
    Quote from: Mornstar on Jun 01, 2024, 04:34:32 PMDo you really think the dark ending of the original Alien was Scott's drunken idea? Then why did Scott talk about that dark ending during a phone call with a Fox executive? The Fox executives forced Scott to change the ending, and told Scott they would fire him if he refused to change it.
    You guys' minds are bound by human-centrism.


    Scott mentioned elsewhere they had some "vodka martinis" while brainstorming this as they usually did. I don't think he was roaring drunk. This kind of thing is par the course for Ridley whether sober or tipsy. He's like a machine that just churns out ideas at an alarming rate.

    But in the end Ridley always wins and in the end he got his dark ending in Covenant as well as his "martian".  ;D
  5. xShadowFoxX
    Quote from: Mornstar on Jun 01, 2024, 04:34:32 PM
    Quote from: SiL on May 31, 2024, 11:52:48 PM
    Quote from: Mornstar on May 31, 2024, 11:36:48 PMAlien franchise is influenced by Cthulhu Mythos, criticizing the arrogance and hubris of human-centrism. That's why the early ending of Ridley Scott's original Alien had Big Chap killing Ripley before mimicking Dallas' voice to send a message.
    It was an idea he had drunk. The Alien was always defeated in the script.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BscpI-bcG7U
    Do you really think the dark ending of the original Alien was Scott's drunken idea? Then why did Scott talk about that dark ending during a phone call with a Fox executive? The Fox executives forced Scott to change the ending, and told Scott they would fire him if he refused to change it.
    You guys' minds are bound by human-centrism. Cameron's portrayal of Ripley has led you guys to believe that the franchise can't be separated from Ripley. You guys are forgetting what the franchise was supposed to be.


    Quote from: SM on Jun 01, 2024, 12:58:14 AM
    Quote from: Mornstar on May 31, 2024, 11:36:48 PMAlien franchise is influenced by Cthulhu Mythos, criticizing the arrogance and hubris of human-centrism. That's why the early ending of Ridley Scott's original Alien had Big Chap killing Ripley before mimicking Dallas' voice to send a message. I think Alien: Romulus' ending will be no survivors, telling the audience that the ture protagonist of the franchise is not human. It would be more frightening and make people realize what horror movies are all about.
    The franchise shows a hostile universe whose doesn't see anyone differently based on their skin color, gender, ideology, etc. The xenomorphs will treat everyone equally.
    Cailee Spaeny has said that while her portrayal of Raines resembles Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in temperament, the character she plays will never be the same as Ripley.
    Fede Alvarez has said that the later of the new movie will have theatergoers collapsing, cheering and screaming.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2PYIrvnX8IThe return of Big Chap has proved that Scott's point has been taken. The xenos are invincible perfect organisms.

    lol. That ending had everything to do with Riddles being half-cut when he suggested it and everyone realising it was shite when he sobered up, and little to do with "Cthulhu".

    That said, I'm avoiding most stuff about Romulus to dodge spoilers but old mate is doing little to dispel the notion this is a big budget fan film.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BscpI-bcG7U
    Do you really think the dark ending of the original Alien was Scott's drunken idea? Then why did Scott talk about that dark ending during a phone call with a Fox executive? The Fox executives forced Scott to change the ending, and told Scott they would fire him if he refused to change it.
    You guys' minds are bound by human-centrism. Cameron's portrayal of Ripley has led you guys to believe that the franchise can't be separated from Ripley. You guys are forgetting what the franchise was supposed to be.

    I can't tell if you're being serious or not.
  6. Mornstar
    Quote from: SiL on May 31, 2024, 11:52:48 PM
    Quote from: Mornstar on May 31, 2024, 11:36:48 PMAlien franchise is influenced by Cthulhu Mythos, criticizing the arrogance and hubris of human-centrism. That's why the early ending of Ridley Scott's original Alien had Big Chap killing Ripley before mimicking Dallas' voice to send a message.
    It was an idea he had drunk. The Alien was always defeated in the script.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BscpI-bcG7U
    Do you really think the dark ending of the original Alien was Scott's drunken idea? Then why did Scott talk about that dark ending during a phone call with a Fox executive? The Fox executives forced Scott to change the ending, and told Scott they would fire him if he refused to change it.
    You guys' minds are bound by human-centrism. Cameron's portrayal of Ripley has led you guys to believe that the franchise can't be separated from Ripley. You guys are forgetting what the franchise was supposed to be.


    Quote from: SM on Jun 01, 2024, 12:58:14 AM
    Quote from: Mornstar on May 31, 2024, 11:36:48 PMAlien franchise is influenced by Cthulhu Mythos, criticizing the arrogance and hubris of human-centrism. That's why the early ending of Ridley Scott's original Alien had Big Chap killing Ripley before mimicking Dallas' voice to send a message. I think Alien: Romulus' ending will be no survivors, telling the audience that the ture protagonist of the franchise is not human. It would be more frightening and make people realize what horror movies are all about.
    The franchise shows a hostile universe whose doesn't see anyone differently based on their skin color, gender, ideology, etc. The xenomorphs will treat everyone equally.
    Cailee Spaeny has said that while her portrayal of Raines resembles Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in temperament, the character she plays will never be the same as Ripley.
    Fede Alvarez has said that the later of the new movie will have theatergoers collapsing, cheering and screaming.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2PYIrvnX8IThe return of Big Chap has proved that Scott's point has been taken. The xenos are invincible perfect organisms.

    lol. That ending had everything to do with Riddles being half-cut when he suggested it and everyone realising it was shite when he sobered up, and little to do with "Cthulhu".

    That said, I'm avoiding most stuff about Romulus to dodge spoilers but old mate is doing little to dispel the notion this is a big budget fan film.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BscpI-bcG7U
    Do you really think the dark ending of the original Alien was Scott's drunken idea? Then why did Scott talk about that dark ending during a phone call with a Fox executive? The Fox executives forced Scott to change the ending, and told Scott they would fire him if he refused to change it.
    You guys' minds are bound by human-centrism. Cameron's portrayal of Ripley has led you guys to believe that the franchise can't be separated from Ripley. You guys are forgetting what the franchise was supposed to be.
  7. RIP77
    Quote from: D8TNCracka on May 31, 2024, 08:03:05 PMSo... The only survivors are gonna be the girl boss and the black guy who is being discriminated against back home? Got it. I'm really starting to see a theme here, and it's not a good one. Disney just can't help themselves but to push the agenda.


    Movie Fox not Disney. Production 100% Fox.

    https://screenrant.com/the-first-omen-movie-nc-17-rating-almost-why/

    The first omen is movie Fox  very R.Disney  and Fox delegates  in director in movie and fight with MPAA.

    Disney creative liberty to Fox in polemic scene sexual in First Omen and Fox delege/supports  directora.


     Fede says it, Romulus is  a  movie of  autor not film studio and less Disney.

    Disney delegates to Fox.


    IN  MOVIES ALIEN is normal than  the protagonist who is always a woman survives.
    And survive   NEXT TO a robot ( or nearly ).

    Shaw and David8 in end Prometheus
    Katherine Waterston and David8 in  end Covenant
    Ripley and Bishop in end Aliens

    It's not because she is a woman or he is Black.
    It's because she's the PROTAGONIST  and THE  a ROBOT ( becose Narratively that relationship is always attractive).



  8. BigChapismyBestFriend
    Quote from: bob1 on Jun 01, 2024, 12:15:33 AMI think people are tired of the girl boss trope being forced everywhere.  Mad Max, Predator, Star Wars have all fallen to this, when those movies originally had male leads.  Alien always had a female lead so it's appropriate.
    Wat? Furiosa has been getting A lot of praise, Prey is pretty much liked by most people here, Star Wars, you can make some sort of argument with that, but I can't do that up with shitty writing. Also, people are getting tired with the girl boss trope? Buddy, we have been getting boy boss trope since The movie industry started. Why the hell is a girl boss trope is getting tiresome all of a sudden?
  9. Immortan Jonesy
    Quote from: bob1 on Jun 01, 2024, 12:15:33 AMI think people are tired of the girl boss trope being forced everywhere.  Mad Max, Predator, Star Wars have all fallen to this, when those movies originally had male leads.  Alien always had a female lead so it's appropriate.

    By people you mean misogynistic men?

    Quote from: bob1 on Jun 01, 2024, 12:15:33 AMAlien always had a female lead so it's appropriate.

    Women have the right to be great in anything. Evolve dude. And if a movie is good..WHO CARES?! I couldn't care less if a great old movie had a male protagonist and a current solid installment had a female lead. So what? You think I believe in stupid conspiracies and agendas to destroy bigots?  ::)
  10. SM
    Quote from: Mornstar on May 31, 2024, 11:36:48 PMAlien franchise is influenced by Cthulhu Mythos, criticizing the arrogance and hubris of human-centrism. That's why the early ending of Ridley Scott's original Alien had Big Chap killing Ripley before mimicking Dallas' voice to send a message. I think Alien: Romulus' ending will be no survivors, telling the audience that the ture protagonist of the franchise is not human. It would be more frightening and make people realize what horror movies are all about.
    The franchise shows a hostile universe whose doesn't see anyone differently based on their skin color, gender, ideology, etc. The xenomorphs will treat everyone equally.
    Cailee Spaeny has said that while her portrayal of Raines resembles Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in temperament, the character she plays will never be the same as Ripley.
    Fede Alvarez has said that the later of the new movie will have theatergoers collapsing, cheering and screaming.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2PYIrvnX8IThe return of Big Chap has proved that Scott's point has been taken. The xenos are invincible perfect organisms.

    lol. That ending had everything to do with Riddles being half-cut when he suggested it and everyone realising it was shite when he sobered up, and little to do with "Cthulhu".

    That said, I'm avoiding most stuff about Romulus to dodge spoilers but old mate is doing little to dispel the notion this is a big budget fan film.
  11. bob1
    I think people are tired of the girl boss trope being forced everywhere.  Mad Max, Predator, Star Wars have all fallen to this, when those movies originally had male leads.  Alien always had a female lead so it's appropriate.
  12. Mornstar
    Alien franchise is influenced by Cthulhu Mythos, criticizing the arrogance and hubris of human-centrism. That's why the early ending of Ridley Scott's original Alien had Big Chap killing Ripley before mimicking Dallas' voice to send a message. I think Alien: Romulus' ending will be no survivors, telling the audience that the ture protagonist of the franchise is not human. It would be more frightening and make people realize what horror movies are all about.
    The franchise shows a hostile universe whose doesn't see anyone differently based on their skin color, gender, ideology, etc. The xenomorphs will treat everyone equally.
    Cailee Spaeny has said that while her portrayal of Raines resembles Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in temperament, the character she plays will never be the same as Ripley.
    Fede Alvarez has said that the later of the new movie will have theatergoers collapsing, cheering and screaming.
    The return of Big Chap has proved that Scott's point has been taken. The xenos are invincible perfect organisms.
  13. Picklehead
    I think it seems to go in a reverse order this time, from Aliens to Alien. And somehow I feel that one tip that Cameron gave was not to kill your characters, but maybe mr. Fedez already decided all of them go. Cameron hated justifiably Alien3 and said something about mutual earning of continuity by going through the experience together with the audience. I feel there will be 2 survivors. Or one big self sacrificing revenge mayhem/explosion "you want IT, you can have IT". Maybe a Corpo "rescue" vessel comes by and finally we get to see them taste the decision making. ✌🏻
  14. TheDerelict
    Quote from: Kradan on May 31, 2024, 07:46:17 PMGotta be honest, don't like the whole "mix of Alien and Aliens" idea at all. How about being its own thing first and foremost ? There was this little movie, called Alien 3, that wasn't afraid to do that and people loved itoh wait ...

    Sorry, you were saying something about alien 3 and people loving it.
    Please, do continue and spread the good word.


    Quote from: Immortan Jonesy on May 31, 2024, 07:58:43 PMI wonder what a hybrid of Alien & Alien³ would be like?

    Quote from: Kradan on May 31, 2024, 07:46:17 PMGotta be honest, don't like the whole "mix of Alien and Aliens" idea at all. How about being its own thing first and foremost ?

    A hybrid of alien and alien 3 would be...alien 3.
    That film was kind enough to change the sulaco cryo pods back to the same ones on the nostromo.
    So wonder no more. Boot up your preferred version of alien 3 and live out your hybrid fantasies.
    Your welcome.

    Most likely this is what Noah Hawley is doing with his series.
  15. Yuppers
    I was never impressed with James Camerons xenos, they all had a one take progression and never really looked believable. Especially when they just attach themselves onto a solider and they magically lift into the ceiling....
  16. BigDaddyJohn
    Spoiler
    Andy being an older model and malfunctiong during danger, which is confirmed in the leaked scene description that happened a while back, is a nice idea and could give interesting and stressful scenes.
    [close]
  17. D8TNCracka
    So... The only survivors are gonna be the girl boss and the black guy who is being discriminated against back home? Got it. I'm really starting to see a theme here, and it's not a good one. Disney just can't help themselves but to push the agenda.
  18. Kradan
    Gotta be honest, don't like the whole "mix of Alien and Aliens" idea at all. How about being its own thing first and foremost ? There was this little movie, called Alien 3, that wasn't afraid to do that and people loved itoh wait ...
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