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Alien: Romulus Brought Back The Team That Built The Original Alien Queen – SlashFilm

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Everything about “Alien: Romulus” sounds like a return to the franchise’s roots, in more ways than one. Not only does the horror imagery and claustrophobic sets evoke Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” but now we know that director Fede Álvarez is bringing back the actual craftspeople who had a direct hand in bringing the xenomorph queen to life in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” as well. After certain complaints that recent movies like “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant” relied a bit too much on digital visual effects to depict their respective xenomorphs, fans can rest assured that the new movie will bring a mix of new and old-school filmmaking. As Álvarez went on to say:

“We’ve got puppeteering, animatronics, all the old-school techniques. We had the right guys because they worked on the originals. So, for some creatures, we needed those guys to nail the look and make them exactly as you’ve seen them in the past. But then when we needed something new, we had those guys as well, so that we made sure we’re faithful to the spirit of the original movies.”

When in doubt, filmmakers can do a lot worse than to go right back to the source. “Aliens” famously made use of special-effects mastermind Stan Winston to translate Cameron’s ambitious concepts to the big screen and help lend a sense of verisimilitude to the proceedings, and the final result is one of the most technologically impressive movies ever made. The expectations aren’t quite as imposing for “Alien: Romulus,” which merely needs to feel like a return to form for a franchise that continues to hold so much storytelling potential, but it sure doesn’t hurt to take a page out of the James Cameron playbook.

“Alien: Romulus” will (chest)burst into theaters August 16, 2024.

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