One thing I gotta say about 20th Century Fox’s marketing of its properties is that when they’re inspired, they really get it right. Remember the “Deadpool” campaign? Now, the studio is cranking up its promotional efforts for Ridley Scott’s next trip into the dark universe of the Xenomorphs. Fox did a great job promoting “Prometheus”, and it looks like the same for “Alien: Covenant”.
In this instance, they actually made a prologue short film that introduces us to the crew of the titular ship, just before they enter cryosleep. Turns out this a colonisation mission, and the crew are on their way to some remote planet to start a new human settlement. And you know how these things always turn out. The clip, aptly called “Last Supper”, is directed by Ridley’s son Luke Scott, based on an idea by the elder Scott and 3AM.
As short films go, this is a wee bit humdrum, with only a hint of foreshadowing thrown in for a (fake) scare. What I find most intriguing however, is Michael Fassbender’s droid Walter. He’s clearly a different personality from David8 in “Prometheus”. At least at face value.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.”
“Alien: Covenant” is written by Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”) and Michael Green (“Green Lantern”), and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco. It premieres 19th May.