20th Century Fox announced the next project, or possible projects, in the Alien universe on Saturday by way of a vague and tantalizing social-media post. This next Alien universe release, slated for a “2019” launch, includes a “read, watch, play” promise, suggesting a mixed-media launch whose various parts could commingle.
Its interactive aspects will be paid off, at the very least, by the protagonist already named in the above teaser: Amanda Ripley. This character, the daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley, featured prominently in the 2014 video game Alien Isolation. In that game, the younger Ripley was tasked with uncovering mysteries on a Weyland-Yutani craft called the Sevastopol.
The stakes will be higher for the younger Ripley in this year’s release, as the tease includes a promised return to the famed Nostromo, the setting of the very first Alien film in 1979. Saturday’s tease suggests that Amanda Ripley will have the first human interaction with anything Nostromo-related in 40 years. (Maybe she will analyze some shards?)
The post’s lack of film studio logos suggests this mixed-media launch could skip a theatrical launch, but as of press time, details are incredibly scant. Whatever comes of this project, it will mark the first major entry in the series since 2017’s serviceable film Alien Covenant.
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