James Cameron Loves Alien: Romulus And That’s Guaranteed We’re Seeing It

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

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In a recent interview, director Fede Alvarez shed light on the upcoming sci-fi thriller Alien: Romulus and revealed some high praise from legendary directors James Cameron and Ridley Scott. Apparently, both directors loved the new film, which means it’s all the more likely it will be worth the watch.

Cameron And Scott Love Romulus

Alien: Romulus is the eighth movie in the Alien franchise, and Alvarez has been working closely with the original Alien directors to ensure that the new addition is worthy of the iconic series. Alvarez expressed his gratitude for the positive feedback from James Cameron and Ridley Scott, stating that they “loved” the film and provided valuable notes during its production process. Speaking of his interaction with Scott, Alvarez recounted, “He spent an hour telling me how much he was won over by ‘Romulus.’ (‘What can I say? It’s f*cking great!’).” 

Overwhelming Feedback

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Meanwhile, James Cameron’s feedback was equally positive though it offered a different perspective, showcasing the unique approaches of both directors. Alvarez explained the experience of working with both directors on Alien: Romulus by saying, “It’s also fascinating because [Cameron and Scott’s] notes and comments are completely different… They were all super smart comments, notes and thoughts on the film and the filmmaking.”

Acknowledging the weight of their opinions, Alvarez noted that criticism from such esteemed directors would be rare, suggesting that their endorsement of Alien: Romulus speaks volumes about its quality. He emphasized the privilege of working with James Cameron and Ridley Scott, highlighting their distinct contributions to the film’s development.

An Interquel

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Taking place in the interim between the iconic films Alien (1979, directed by Ridley Scott) and Aliens (1986, directed by James Cameron), the narrative of Alien: Romulus revolves around a cohort of youthful space colonizers. As they delve into the depths of an abandoned space station in search of resources, they encounter a chilling confrontation with the galaxy’s most formidable life form. The cast sees Cailee Spaeny lead the way as Rain Carradine, David Jonsson stars as Andy, alongside Archie Renaux, Isabela Merced as Kay, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu.

Ditching Streaming For Theaters

Originally slated for a Hulu release, Alvarez revealed that 20th Century made the decision to transition Alien: Romulus to a theatrical release. “Right when we started shooting it, the studio was like, ‘F*ck it, we’re going into theaters with this,'” Alvarez shared. Now, the film will see a more traditional release, much as James Cameron and Ridley Scott’s original productions saw.

Will It Save The Franchise?

When it comes to the seven released movies in the Alien franchise, most would agree that James Cameron’s and Ridley Scott’s original films remain unparalleled classics. Since both directors have apparently given their blessing to Alien: Romulus, there’s a good chance the upcoming movie will match the quality of the original films.

Now that Alvarez has received his notes and nods of approval from James Cameron and Ridley Scott, Alien: Romulus can finish up production. The film is slated for an August 16, 2024, release date, and from what we hear, it promises to deliver an immersive and thrilling experience for fans when it hits theaters. 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter