Over the last few months, the Alien franchise has been injected with new life.
After learning that director Ridley Scott is working on a sequel to Prometheus, 20th Century Fox has released an official title, release date, and title for the sequel:
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.
It’s set to hit theaters on October 6, 2017 and pre-production is starting very soon in Sydney, Australia.
The title is different from the one Scott himself shared in September, Alien: Paradise Lost.
Covenant will be followed by two more movies, Scott revealed at a press conference in Sydney (which differs slightly from what the press release indicates about a trilogy), and they will answer the question of who created the Alien and why.
He continued that these sequels/prequels were borne out of his own frustration that none of the sequels to his original film answered that question (take that, James Cameron).
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when [s]he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979… So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”
Michael Fassbender (David) is so far the only main actor confirmed for Covenant (Noomi Rapace’s Shaw will only appear briefly).
It’s also unclear if Neil Blomkamp’s Alien sequel has been put on indefinite hold, but that seems to be the consensus.
Are you excited for three more Alien prequels? What kind of story do you hope they explore and reveal? Sound off in the comments!