Lights, Camera, Xenomorphs: Tracking Down The Alien: Romulus Filming Locations

This newest sequel is headed to the big screen this summer, so join us as we explore the Alien: Romulus filming locations.

Alien: Romulus filming locations
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Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen, folks, there is a new Alien movie on the horizon. This fresh take on the franchise hails from 20th Century Studios with Fede Alvarez, of Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe fame, in the director’s chair. Alien: Romulus features a brand-new lineup of characters set to enter the futuristic world of the xenomorph, and sadly – let’s face(hug) it – probably not make it out alive.

This newest sequel is headed to the big screen this summer, so join us as we explore the Alien: Romulus filming locations. You know, and potentially discover a sizzling trail of acid-burned corpses? Or chestburster-destroyed cavities? Or… well, you get the idea.

Alien: Romulus story

As per the official press release, the sequel revolves around a group of twenty-something space scavengers who encounter the acid-blooded xenomorph while foraging at an abandoned space station. 

Surprising no-one, it is rated R in the US.

Alvarez took inspiration from the Aliens Special Edition, which briefly shows a group of young children growing up on the Weyland-Yutani compound on LV-426. “There’s a moment where you see a bunch of kids running [and riding a big wheel] around the corridors of this colony. And I thought, ‘Wow, what would it be like for those kids to grow up in a colony that still needs another 50 years to terraform?’”

Cailee Spaeny as Rain Carradine in 20th Century Studios’ ALIEN: ROMULUS. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

An interesting kink to Alien Romulus is how it slots into the existing continuity– it takes place between the events of Alien and Aliens. But, before you get excited, Sigourney Weaver will not appear as Ripley, instead passing the torch to a new generation of actors. Cailee Spaeny leads the group as Rain Carradine, with David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Isabela Merced, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu all along for the blood-soaked ride. 

Originally slated for a direct-to-streaming release on Hulu, the studio shifted it to the big screen shortly before filming started. It opens in the US on August 16, 2024.

Alien: Romulus filming locations

Origo Studios, Budapest, Hungary

A photo of Origo Studios, Budapest, Hungary.

Filming began at Origo Studios on March 9, 2023 and wrapped on July 3, 2023. Like most of the other Alien entries – with the exception of Alien 3 – the entire shoot took place indoors on a soundstage. 

Origo Studios opened ten years ago, and is no stranger to Hollywood productions – or RIdley Scott’s projects for that matter. Both Blade Runner 2049 and The Martian filmed at the studio. 

Behind the scenes

Alvarez’s penchant for physical effects led the production to create everything from scratch. He told The Hollywood Reporter: “I have this obsession with no green screens, so we built every creature and set. Everything had to be built so we were really living and breathing in these spaces.”

Fans got a first glimpse of the spaceship set in an Instagram post, which the director published in honour of Alien Day in 2023 and 2024: 

“For the sets, we built spaceships and we built miniatures. We went back to all of that. And then we figured out ways to marry it with the CG world. There’s some things that only CG can do for the scope and movement. So it really has to be the right tool for the shot,” Alvarez added.

“It should always feel practical, but I prefer practical because I want to see it when I’m there [on set]. There is nothing worse than having nothing to look at when I’m shooting. But some things that are CG can really blow your mind when done right.”

Do you know more about the Alien: Romulus shoot?

Once we learn more information about the film’s shoot, we will update the piece and offer insights and tips on how you might be able to visit the stages where it filmed. 

Until then, are we missing any behind-the-scenes photos or stories from the Alien: Romulus shoot? Let us know in the comments!

Librarian by day and scribbler by night, Gem Seddon is a Seattle-based freelance entertainment writer with bylines at Vulture, Digital Spy, TechRadar, Regal Cinemas, Total Film, and more. Gem especially loves writing about horror movies. When not visiting her native England, she enjoys traveling to spooky film locales. Alien and Scream are tied as her all-time favourite movie – please don't make her choose.

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