What Alien: Romulus’ Title Means

Alien: Romulus is an upcoming American science fiction horror film. It is the seventh installment in the Alien franchise and is a interquel set between the events of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986). Directed by Fede Álvarez, who co-wrote it with Rodo Sayagues, the film was produced by Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions. It stars Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Isabela Merced, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu.

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released by 20th Century Studios on August 16, 2024. ( S)

What Alien: Romulus’ Title Means

It’s presently unclear what the “Romulus” in the new Alien movie’s title is referring to. It may be that, like Alien: Covenant it is a direct reference to the spaceship the humans use to reach the alien planet. It may also be the name used to refer to the planet itself, since Alien 5’s official synopsis has already confirmed that, “a group of young people on a distant world find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe.” What is clear, however, is that the use of “Romulus” has connotations that extend far beyond the Alien franchise.

According to myth, Romulus was the legendary founder and first king of Rome – the city which still bears his name. Raised by wolves with his brother, Remus, he was cast out of his native Alba Longa, before eventually founding the city on the famous Palatine Hill, uniting the populace under his banner. Many of Ancient Rome’s customs and laws were said to stem directly from Romulan edicts – though it’s unclear to what extent the ruler was actually a real person. Nevertheless, his status as a founder and nation-builder is vital in understanding what direction Alien: Romulus’ story might take. ( S )

Alien: Romulus Meaning

Fede Alvarez touched on the significance of the name Romulus in the title for Alien: Romulus which I just featured in a recent news article:

“The names Remus and Romulus actually stem from ancient Roman mythology – they were the mythological creators of Rome – the largest empire the world had ever seen. As the story goes, Remus and Romulus were twin boys who feed from a she-wolf type of creature to gain its powers. The story symbolizes harvesting resources from a dangerous beast to become more powerful – very much inline with the Prometheus title Ridley chose for his Alien prequel – having similar symbolism about stealing the power from the Gods to elevate Mankind to God-like status.”( S)

What Alien: Romulus’ Title Means

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