The new Alien film is confirmed for August 2024 release – and heading to cinemas

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The Alien franchise will be returning to cinemas in 2024, with the new film no longer heading for a streaming debut.

Amongst the slew of Disney release date changes that have been announced over the last day or so comes the news that intriguing-looking new Alien film has a firm release date. What this also seems to signify is that the movie – unlike the recent Predator film Prey – will be getting a cinema release.

Prey debuted direct on Disney+ last summer, when perhaps there may have been scope to go a little more ambitious with it. In the case of Alien, the thus-far unnamed movie, directed by Fede Alverez, is going to be released on August 16th 2024.

It wasn’t always the plan, from what we can tell. When the greenlight was given, there was talk about the new feature going to Disney+. Perhaps the assorted delays brought about due to ongoing strike action in Hollywood opened up a slot. Either way, it feels right that Alien is on the big screen.

Ridley Scott is producing the film, which has a cast including Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu.

Filming is wrapping up imminently, with the movie having been shooting in Budapest for the past few weeks.

Expect more details, and a title, in the months ahead.

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