Several years after the first four Alien films and five years since 2017's Alien: Covenant, the seminal sci-fi horror film is back with Ridley Scott in tow. However, unlike the first Alien film and the two prequel movies where Scott was at the helm, the award-winning director will help produce Alien 5, giving way to Fede Álvarez to pen the script and direct the movie.
Álvarez is best known for his work on 2013's Evil Dead reboot and 2016's Don't Breathe, both of which went on to surpass expectations and helped cement Álvarez as a commodity.
According to THR, Álvarez's Alien film will not be part of the series canon, featuring new characters and a story years in the making. Álvarez reportedly pitched the idea of Alien 5 to Scott years ago, with 20th Century Studios CEO Steve Asbell stating that the "strength of Fede’s pitch" was the main driving force as it was a "really good story with a bunch of characters" that people hadn't seen before. Asbell states that the film's Hulu debut will allow it to stay true to the franchise's sci-fi horror roots.
Similar to other decades-spanning and iconic franchises, Alien has seen its share of canceled projects. In recent years, details of Neill Blomkamp's canceled Aliens sequel and Scott's Covenant follow-up have emerged. Thankfully, fans can now look forward to at least two more Alien shows and films in the works. In addition to Álvarez's standalone Alien movie, Noah Hawley is currently in charge of an Alien TV series for FX alongside Scott, which will take place in the same Alien universe but will be set on Earth roughly 70 years into the future.
It's nice to see that Disney is taking advantage of the IPs that it acquired in its FOX merger. In addition to Álvarez's Alien, Asbell also shed more light on Free Guy 2, with its script almost near completion, and Planet of the Apes 4, which should start filming later this year. Asbell appears to be confident that Avatar 2 will premiere later this year as well.
In the meantime, Alien fans can keep themselves busy by playing Alien: Isolation, a game that perfectly captures the essence of the franchise in a video game. We ranked it as one of our best horror games ever made. But, if co-op action is more up to your speed, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is worth a shot albeit you'd be hard-pressed to find other players after the game quickly fell out of favor just months into its release last year.