Despite director Ridley Scott’s repeated insistence that “Prometheus” was not a direct prequel to his own 1979 classic “Alien”, it was clear to anyone who saw the movie that it very much served as a lead-in to the original. Now, with his follow-up “Alien: Covenant”, Scott has all but dropped the pretence. I mean, it’s in the title.
Today, we get a connection so direct, it’s literally in your face. 20th Century Fox debuted a teaser poster that puts the much-feared/beloved Xenomorph front and centre. With a rather apt “Run” as its tagline. The design of the creature is the same, and unless they pull and bait & switch in the movie, this is the Alien we all know and fear/love.
The other big reveal is its release date, which has moved up 4 months from 4th August 2017 to 19th May. That date was previously occupied by Fox’s own “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”. This means a couple of things. One, Scott is way ahead of schedule, and two, the studio is feeling pretty confident about the movie’s chances at the start of the summer blockbuster season.
Here’s the summary: “Michael Fassbender (reprising his Prometheus role of David as well as a new android Walter) stars in the film along with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), and Billy Crudup (Watchmen). Noomi Rapace is also expected to reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley 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, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Green Lantern) are providing the Alien: Covenant screenplay, which Ridley Scott once again directs.”