- Fede Álvarez reveals he had Ridley Scott watch his new Alien movie, despite being warned that he could be a tough critic.
- Scott’s reaction to Álvarez’s Alien: Romulus was highly positive, specifically sharing he thought the dialogue was great.
- The stamp of approval from Scott, the original filmmaker of the franchise, is a promising sign for the quality of Álvarez’s film.
Ridley Scott’s reaction to Fede Álvarez’s forthcoming Alien: Romulus movie has been revealed, and it bodes well for the next installment in the franchise. The film series initially started off in 1979 with Scott’s classic Alien, which follows a crew in deep space being hunted by the Xenomorph that has infiltrated their ship. After the first movie, the franchise went on to produce three other sequels that were directed by other talented directors and several other spinoffs, most notably the Alien vs. Predator series. In 2012, Scott directed two prequel films for the franchise, and in March 2022, it was announced that Álvarez would be directing a new standalone Alien movie that’s set to hit theaters soon.
Now, according to Collider, while Álvarez was speaking to Guillermo del Toro at the DGA Latino Summit 2023, he revealed that he went through the intense process of sending the new Alien movie to Scott in order to get his feedback. The Uruguayan filmmaker explained that he wanted Scott to be the first person to see it, even though he’d heard he’s a tough critic. Thankfully, Scott loved the movie, adding that he thought the dialogue in particular was great. Read Álvarez’s full comments below:
“I wanted him to see it before anybody. And everyone gave me the head’s up that Ridley is really tough. He’s really tough, particularly if it has something to do with his movies. He was really tough on ‘Blade Runner (2049),’ which I thought was a masterpiece, and he had issues with it because it’s really hard for him because it’s his work… I asked him about the new ‘Top Gun’ and he’s like ‘meh.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And he was like, ‘My brother’s was original and this is like eh.’ He really respected it, but you could see how tough he was. So I was like, ‘There’s no way I win this one. Even if he didn’t ask for it, I was gonna go there and sit at a table and look at him and get it. Even if he was gonna say, ‘You destroyed my legacy,’ I wanted to be in front of him and see him in the eye. I didn’t want to get an email where it says ‘Ridley says…’
And then he walks into the room and he did say, ‘Fede, what can I say? It’s f**king great.’ For me, it was like… My family knows it was one of the best moments of my life to have a master like him, whom I admired so much, to even watch a movie I made, but particularly something like this… and talk to me for an hour about what he liked about it. One of the best compliments he said was, ‘The dialogue is great. Are you the writer?’ Yes!”
Everything We Know About Alien: Romulus
A stamp of approval from a filmmaker like Scott, especially considering that he started off the Alien franchise in the first place, bodes really well for Álvarez’s latest installment. Speculation about a new Alien movie first gained momentum back in 2019, after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by the Walt Disney Company. In early 2022, Álvarez’s Alien: Romulus was officially confirmed to be on the way, and while it was initially scheduled to be released on Hulu, that changed earlier this year, and the movie has now been scheduled for release in theaters on August 16, 2024.
The talented Cailee Spaeny, who stars in this year’s Priscilla, leads the cast for this forthcoming movie, playing a similarly brave protagonist to Ellen Ripley. She is joined by other names including Archie Reneaux (Shadow and Bone), Spike Fearn (The Batman), Isabela Merced (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), David Jonsson (Industry), and Aileen Wu.
While the Alien movies over the years have generally focused on scientists, soldiers, or corporate employees who have to engage in heated battles against Xenomorphs, there hasn’t been any official confirmation of a detailed plot for Álvarez’s Alien: Romulus. However, seeing as Scott has expressed his satisfaction, there should be optimism that the movie will be worthwhile when it finally hits theaters next year.