Following filmmaker Ridley Scott’s recent announcement that the sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus” would now be titled “Alien” Covenant,” 20th Century Fox has revealed more information regarding the latest film in the “Alien” franchise. On November 16, 2015, they released an official press release which gave further details on what audiences can expect from the film, as well as an official release date: October 6, 2016.
The plot summary is as follows:
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.”
This immediately raises many questions and concerns: “Prometheus” ended with David departing in a ship for the “engineers” home alongside Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Naomi Rapace). Has Shaw perished? Is Rapace still ironing out a contract before she officially signs on? Is it merely a typo, or is it teasing a big reveal?
Hard to say, but it continues a rather confusing thread of ever-shifting details that Scott has been yammering about in recent months. First the film was to be called “Prometheus 2,” then “Alien: Paradise Lost.” The fact that we have yet another title, speaks to a plot that is still in need of fleshing out. But what we do know, is that Scott seems keen on adding connective tissue to his 1979 film that started it all.
In a recent interview with Awards Campaign, he noted that the film was “going to be its own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act.”
So what fans should be expecting, is a reveal of who/what exactly created the Xenomorph creature. Which is what many thought “Prometheus” was going to explain, but got lost in a confusing script from “Lost” scribe Damon Lindleof (who won’t be returning, with scripting duties now falling to John Logan (“Gladiator,” “Spectre”). In other words expect the unexpected, and judging by other recent comments by Scott, kiss any hopes for Neill Blomkamp’s “Aliens” sequel goodbye for good.