Alien: Romulus Director Fede Álvarez premieres teaser, discusses Ridley Scott and James Cameron-approved prequel.  

Despite not hitting theaters until August, filmmaker Fede Álvarez has momentum. That's because Ridley Scott and James Cameron, the famed directors of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), have expressed their appreciation for Romulus, which takes place between their films and is extremely similar to both. Today, Álvarez and Disney revealed the "interquel," releasing a 62-second teaser trailer that reinstates the franchise's classic appearance and feel.

Twenty-something space settlers and scavengers encounter a Xenomorph in a rundown space station. Young actors Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu lead the picture. Álvarez revealed that the idea of following younger people in this universe originated from a deleted sequence in Aliens, which Cameron restored in the extended Special Edition.

Several kids run about the colony's hallways on a large wheel. I wondered, "What would it be like for those kids to grow up in a colony that needs 50 years to terraform?" , Álvarez told The Hollywood Reporter. "So I thought, ‘If I ever tell a story in that world, I would definitely be interested in those kids when they reach their early twenties.’"

Álvarez reveals that the studio initially planned a Hulu release for the eighth Alien film, but switched to theatrical during principal photography.

Álvarez is skillful at creating uncomfortable sequences, such as the cellar scene in Don't Breathe (2016) and other scenes in his Evil Dead (2013) reinterpretation. Ramulus is following suit, as Merced informed THR of a “disgusting” moment that made ten set members cover their eyes on playback. 

The initial shot of the new teaser shows vestiges of the moment and Merced's character's conversation. Álvarez aims to create a moment similar to Scott's chestburster sequence in the 1979 picture.

Though Álvarez showed his director's cut to franchise mastermind and Romulus producer Scott without VFX, Scott was nonetheless impressed, stating, "Fede, what can I say?" It's awesome.” The Uruguayan director tried to emulate Scott and Cameron's franchise-launching features, but he still tied Romulus to the series.

I love all those films. As for plot, character, technology, and creature links, I didn't want to leave any out. According to Álvarez, there are always connections between Alien and Covenant. In an interview with THR, Álvarez discusses creating the picture for emerging actor Cailee Spaeny on the occasion of Alien: Romulus' first teaser.

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