So much for continuing where “Prometheus” left off. If there are any lingering doubts that director Ridley Scott has all but abandoned the story thread he set up in the prequel/reboot, here it is. Our very first glimpse of “Alien: Covenant” has arrived in the form of a gory, horror-infused teaser. And while there’s almost nothing in the way of plot details, it’s easy to tell that Scott is now more interested in setting this up as a direct prequel to his original “Alien” film.

Actually, even that may not be entirely accurate. It looks more like a soft reboot of the entire franchise, with Ripley replacement Daniels, played by Katherine Waterston (“Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”), and a very familiar milieu. The only remnant of the “Prometheus” thread is Michael Fassbender’s android. Of course, we could be way off base and this movie could be very much tied into the mythology of the Engineers, Black Goo, and whatnot. Regardless, all I want at the end of the day is a kick-ass Alien movie.

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” stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby. It premieres 19th May 2017.


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