With Disney planning on utilizing as many popular franchises from their 2019 purchase of 20th Century Fox is isn’t surprising that they would be interested in the long running Alien franchise. Beginning in 1979 with the first Alien, the series currently consists of six mainline films as well as two crossovers with the Predator series. Now we appear to be getting another film in the franchise.
When recently speaking about their upcoming lineup of films the President of 20th Century Studios, Steve Asbell, stated that director Fede Álvarez will be helming the project.
Asbell stated that the studio picked up the project “Purely off the strength of Fede’s pitch. It was just a really good story with a bunch of characters you haven’t seen before.“
Fede Álvarez is known for directing the 2013 reboot of Evil Dead, 2016’s suspense film Don’t Breathe and 2018’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web as well as producing Don’t Breathe 2 and the recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot for Netflix.
In addition to the Uruguayan born director helming the project long time director, Ridley Scott, who directed the very first film in the series, will be the producer on the film. Ridley Scott also 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant, both prequels to the first film. A third film was said to have been in development but at this point that project is assumed canceled.
The film will be direct to Hulu and will apparently be skipping theaters, similar to the upcoming Predator prequel film Pray. Both franchises seem important to Disney, especially with the recent lawsuit to prevent the original creators of Predator from re-acquiring the rights to the film from the studio due to pre-existing contracts.
With a director like Fede Álvarez helming this project how excited would you say you are for the film? Will it be good or will it be another cash grab?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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