Two of the greatest science-fiction, monster franchises are coming back to the big screen over the next few years with Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, and Shane Black’s The Predator. Following the release of the first image from The Predator recently as well, which comes from a script co-written by Black and Monster Squad director Fred Dekker, Twentieth Century Fox has finally announced the sequel’s release date.
The film will be eyeing a March 2nd, 2018 release, and for the moment, is set to only compete against an “Untitled WB Event Film”, which will most likely end up being a superhero project of some kind. Aside from the film’s screenwriters as well, not much is known about the project as of now, though the release date gives it an ample amount of time to get everything together. Word is that the film will be a sequel to the franchise’s predecessors though, unlike some of the “reboot” labels that were being thrown around following its original announcement.
Alien: Covenant will be moving up from its previous October 2017 release as well to August 4th, 2017, pitting it against Pitch Perfect 3 and the animated film Blazing Samurai, which should give that weekend a large amount of variety for every moviegoing demographic, without damaging the other films all that much.
The film will pick up about a decade after the events of Prometheus, following the crew of the Covenant, which lands on an isolated planet that they initially believe to be an undiscovered paradise, inhabited only by the android, David (Michael Fassbender), who was the sole survivor of the Prometheus expedition. It’s only until too late that the crew members begin to realize their paradise hides untold horrors and secrets.
So far the project has racked up a mighty impressive cast with the previously mentioned, returning Fassbender, along with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s Katherine Waterston, The Hateful Eight‘s Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and more. Production on the film is set to begin in April of this year, in Australia.
These release dates come in addition to Fox’s newest superhero changes as well, which included moving the Channing Tatum-led Gambit film from their 2016 lineup.
After The Predator franchise took a bit of a deep dive into the low-quality realm though in the more recent films, with Black working as a writer along with Dekker, here’s to hoping that The Predator manages to bring the franchise back to its roots, and what made it so beloved in the first place. As far as Alien: Covenant‘s concerned though, I’m still not entirely excited for the project.
The Predator is set to hit theaters on March 2nd, 2018 and Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters on August 4th, 2017.
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