20th Century Studios have locked a date in place for the release of the much-anticipated ninth instalment of the Alien franchise, and there are rumblings afoot that it will no longer go directly to streaming.
The Fede Alvarez helmed project will see release on August 24th 2024, and according to industry whispers, 20th Century may just issue a full theatrical run. This has been rumoured since the major success of the direct-to-streaming Predator prequel Prey, but talks have allegedly heated up following a look at what Alvarez has created.
Furthermore, reports now confirm that the project does not have an official title, despite being referred to as Alien: Romulus by the media for the last several months.
In a statement, 20th Century Studios describe the project as follows:
“In this ninth entry in the immensely popular and enduring film series, a group of young people on a distant world find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe.”
Described as a “dark, gritty standalone” film, Alvarez and his team are reportedly being careful not to interfere with any established timelines or characters. Plot details are being kept closely guarded, with little more than the cast being announced to the public.
So, will Alien make a triumphant return to the big screen? Or will Disney play it safe and stick with their Hulu-Original plan? No doubt we’ll find out very soon, so watch this space.