Yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger conducted the company's Q1 earnings call, during which a few new updates were revealed. Most of those updates don't really fall under our purview here at FANGORIA dot com (for instance, did you come here to find out when Zootopia 2 hits theaters? We think not), but one of them certainly does: Fede Álvarez's forthcoming Alien film, which is slated to hit theaters in August, is now officially titled Alien: Romulus.
Yes, Alien: Romulus was the rumored title for many months, and yes, we were repeatedly told that Alien: Romulus was not the actual title during that same stretch of time, but the matter is settled now. The dust has cleared. The movie is called Alien: Romulus.
So, what's Alien: Romulus about? 20th Century Studios is being coy with any specific details, but Deadline's got the following synopsis: "Young people from a distant world must face the most terrifying life form in the universe." This certainly tracks with the film's announced cast members, all of whom are much younger than the typical Alien cast.
As previously reported, that cast includes Priscilla’s Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu. Written and directed by noted madman Álvarez (Evil Dead, Don't Breathe), the film is alleged to take place between the first and second Alien movies, though there's little indication that the film will have much connective tissue to the characters in those films. Alien: Romulus seems designed to be more of a standalone effort, which means it also has no connection to Noah Hawley's long-gestating Alien FX series.
When do we get to see it? As of this writing, Alien: Romulus will hit theaters on August 16th. Stay tuned for further updates on this one as they roll in, which we imagine oughtta be along sooner rather than later.