Ever since it officially went into production several months ago, there’s been a steady stream of images and promotional material released for Alien: Covenant so far, which will be the second film in director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prequel trilogy to Alien. Following the disappointing and divisive 2012 film as well, Covenant is going to have to do a lot right in order to win back some of the more hardcore Alien fans out there.
According to one of the film’s returning stars though, one of Scott’s main focus in the sequel, is to up the ante when it comes to the terror and intimacy in the film, something that has made the original Alien stand the test of time as well as it has.
While recently speaking with Collider, Michael Fassbender talked about Covenant, where he’ll be reprising his role as the android David from Prometheus, and why he thinks the film is the perfect meeting between Prometheus and Alien:
“This Alien is going to be… I’m very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see. It’s much scarier than Prometheus but it’s got the same sort of scope of Prometheus. It’s kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had, so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary number one and then again with the massive scope of Prometheus… Once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it doesn’t let up. It’s really gonna bring chills to the cinema.”
Considering we have a fairly clear idea of what the crew of the Covenant are going to encounter when they arrive on the Prometheus planet this time around, I’d say that the anticipation to see how they handle and likely fail to deal with the creatures coming their way could be noticably more intense and terrifying than practically anything we saw in Prometheus. Though I do think that C-section scene is still fairly chilling.
With that being said, I don’t know if any of the prequel films will be able to quite strike the same balance of intrigue and horror in the same way that Alien did, mainly because of the way the film unfolds and the horror that comes with learning the biological process of the Xenomorph for the first time, which is why James Cameron’s decision to change from horror to more of an action feel in Aliens was such a brilliant stroke of genius in a way.
I’m looking forward to seeing how Covenant might change things up in terms of tone and mystery though, especially if it’s going to be much more in line with the intimate, tense feeling of Alien, rather than the often cold and large feel of Prometheus.
Alien: Covenant is set to hit theatres on August 4th, 2017.
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