Ever since director Ridley Scott began his press tour for The Martian a few months ago, we’ve been getting a pretty steady stream of new information and details regarding his next film, which will be the sequel to his 2012 sci-fi film, Prometheus. Not only has the director released new details regarding the film’s main team of explorers, and its connections to the original Alien franchise that he started back in the 1970s, but the film has also delayed Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5 film as well.
However, the director also revealed that the film would be called Alien: Paradise Lost a number of weeks ago, teasing the movie’s biblical parallels, and how the creation of the Xenomorphs from the first films connected to humanity’s mistakes and sins. The title wasn’t necessarily received with open arms from fans though, and while it was nice to see the Prometheus franchise fully accept its Alien connections, the title felt more like something from an uncompleted, or spec script rather than a blockbuster feature film.
Looks like that won’t be the title after all either.
Twentieth Century Fox has officially announced today that the 2017 Prometheus sequel will actually be called, Alien: Covenant, and will be released on October 6th, 2017. What’s also interesting to note is that the announcement also says that the film will not only feature Ridley Scott’s return to the film universe he created, but also will be the second installment in the prequel trilogy that “connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction,” which could come as final confirmation that Covenant will, in fact, share more ties and references to the original films than any of the creative team had previously let on.
Here’s the official synopsis as well:
“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.”
Despite the somewhat lukewarm reception that Prometheus received back in 2012 too, the anticipation for the film’s sequel has become more and more palpable over the past few months, which just goes to show how beloved and rich the Alien universe continues to be. Not much else is known about the film’s cast until this point either, although Michael Fassbender is expected to reprise their Prometheus roles again in Covenant, and Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation breakout star Rebeecca Ferguson has also been rumored to be circling the project as well, but nothing has been confirmed. It’s also interesting to note that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is not mentioned in the synopsis above either, despite the previous rumors that she would be returning to the franchise.
I’m a bit torn when it comes to this film honestly. I loved the first two Alien films (and we don’t need to talk about the rest), but I really didn’t love Prometheus all that much. Plus, the idea of learning the entire origin and backstory of the Xenomorphs was never really something I was dying to see onscreen, especially considering that a large part of their horror comes from their mystery in my opinion. I’m still interested to see where the studio is planning on taking this franchise moving forward, but this title doesn’t really affect my overall anticipation for the project honestly. Although, I will say that I do really love the green colors featured in the title treatment above, which make it seem very reminiscent of the original Alien poster from all those years ago.
Alien: Covenant is set to hit theatres on October 6th, 2017.
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