has gone through a number of iterations and metamorphoses, but apparently the details have finally been hammered out and it is now going to connect much more directly to the original
than was originally planned. So much so that
will now reflect that.
Ridley Scott Promises Familiar Aliens in Alien: CovenantBy Silas Lesnick ON December 11, 2015Prepare yourself for a veritable menagerie of Xenomorph forms in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant
Although the film went on to gross more than $400 million worldwide, some Alien
franchise fans were disappointed that Ridley Scott’s 2012 Prometheus
did not feature the franchise’s original creature design until the alternate “Deacon” form at the very end of the film. That’s not going to be the case with the upcoming Prometheus
sequel, Alien: Covenant
, Scott tells The Wrap
will bring back H.R. Giger’s popular Xenomorph in its many terrifying forms.“We’ll have them all,” Scott promises, “Egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.”
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus
, Alien: Covenant
connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew 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.“They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from,”
Scott continues, “and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it.”
20th Century Fox will release Alien: Covenant
in theaters on October 6, 2017. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are set to reprise their roles as scientist Elizabeth Shaw and the android David, respectively. Given the film’s synopsis, it remains to be seen how Rapace’s Shaw will factor into the film.
Jack Paglen (Transcendence
) and Michael Green (Green Lantern
) are providing the Alien: Covenant
That very last sentence does give me a moment's pause, I will admit. Still, the prospect of seeing Ridley Scott return to the material which both launched his own career and completely revolutionized the entire concept of sci-fi horror is interesting to say the least.