Fede Alvarez To Write And Direct New Original ‘Alien’ Movie For Hulu

Ridley Scott tried to revive his classic Alien franchise with a couple of ambitious prequels, Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant. Neither really did the trick, and talk of a third movie have trailed off as Noah Hawley prepares for a prequel series on FX. That said, Alien‘s future in the movies is far from over.

THR breaks the news that Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez will take the helm of an “original” Alien movie set in that epic universe. The film, which Alvarez will also write, will be a Hulu exclusive, similar to what they’re doing with the latest Predator movie, Prey.

20th Century Studios has clearly seen streaming as the preferred outlet for some of the legacy brands brought over since the Disney deal with Fox.

So what’s Ridley Scott’s part in all of this? He’ll stay on board as a producer, and Alvarez made sure to bring his idea to him before this ball got rolling.

This is a pretty big deal. Fans had been pumped at the idea of a Neill Blomkamp-led sequel, but that couldn’t get off the ground while Scott focused on his movies first. It’s interesting that things managed to work out with Alvarez, instead. He’s got a spotty track record AT BEST, and doesn’t seem the safest hands to lead such a prominent franchise into the next stage. We shall see.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.