Director Ridley Scott scared a era of film followers together with his sci-fi horror hit Alien again in 1979, and 5 movies later the franchise continues to be going robust with the introduction of a prequel collection set many years earlier than the crew of the starship Nostromo first tangled with a terrifying, acid-blooded xenomorph.
The subsequent installment of the prequel collection, Alien: Covenant, serves as each a sequel to the 2012 movie Prometheus and a bridge — probably one in every of a number of bridges — between the occasions of that movie and the franchise-spawning 1979 film.
Directed by Scott from a script penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator), Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, James Franco, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride, amongst many others. With Alien: Covenant scheduled to hit theaters Might 19, 2017, right here’s every thing we all know concerning the film to date.
What’s in a reputation?
After spending years referring to a attainable Prometheus sequel as “Prometheus 2,” followers lastly obtained phrase on the movie’s title from Scott himself in September 2015. Whereas making the promotional rounds for his Oscar-nominated 2015 movie, The Martian, Scott opened up about his plans for the comply with-as much as Prometheus, and indicated that he deliberate to name the film Alien: Paradise Misplaced — a reference to John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Misplaced, which chronicles the autumn of man from a Biblical perspective.
“It sounds mental however there’s a similarity to it,” stated Scott in an interview with HeyUGuys. “That’s the place it stops.”
Just some months later, nevertheless, the studio — and Scott — appeared to vary their minds concerning the movie’s title. An announcement made in November 2016 by way of social media revealed that the movie’s official title can be Alien: Covenant.
— twentieth Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) November 16, 2015
The title refers back to the identify of the ship within the new movie, however any deeper which means stays a thriller. For followers of the unique collection, the return to the “Alien” affiliation might in itself be considerably telling.