Fox Officially Announces ‘Alien: Covenant’, Sets October 2017 Release Date
Just the other day, director Ridley Scott slipped (?) and revealed the new title for his upcoming Prometheus sequel would be Alien: Covenant. This was news to many, considering Scott previously slipped and revealed the title was Alien: Paradise Lost. Well, today 20th Century Fox has officially confirmed the Alien: Covenant title, which is good because that’s a lot better than “Paradise Lost”.
In addition to confirmation on the film’s title, we also have a plot synopsis that tells us a little bit about the movie, and who will be starring:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS – and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Interesting that the only returning cast member from Prometheus in Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, at least at this early stage, is nowhere to be found, though Scott has said in the past her character is likely to return. So, what is this “remote planet” that they stumble upon?
Says Scott, “[Rapace and Fassbender] are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act.” But, if Fassbender is the “sole inhabitant” of said planet, what happened to Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw. Ahhhh, this really is a Prometheus sequel because I already have no idea what’s going on.
Scott has said that these Prometheus sequels will eventually lead directly into his 1979 Alien movie and explain where the aliens actually came from (although wasn’t that what Prometheus was supposed to do?).
Alien: Covenant is set to open in theaters on October 6th, 2017.