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Photo Evidence Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ Links to ‘Prometheus’

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While it’s not a secret that Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus, his spinoff/prequel to Alien, it’s never been clear just how connected they will be.

At the end of Prometheus, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), with the guidance of the android head of David (Michael Fassbender), takes off to the the Engineers’ home planet in order to make them answer for what they were planning.

As of this writing we still don’t know know if Rapace is returning, although it’s been reported that she is not. Fassbender is said to be the only person on the Engineers’ home planet, which leaves us with quite a few questions.

What we know is that, in Prometheus, these Engineers built a temple (secretly designed behind-the-scenes as a shrine to Xenomorph designer H.R. Giger) harboring a deadly DNA weapon that was on course to Earth. Why were the Engineers planning to destroy Earth 2,000 years ago? That’s what Shaw was trying to find out, although if you do simple math that lands us right around the time of Jesus’ crucifixion (was he an alien?).

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Here’s what author Steven Messing said about it in Titan Books’ “Prometheus: The Art of the Film”:

Another set that I worked on was known as the “Head Room.” This was a ceremonial room that contained hundreds of ampules beneath a giant sculpture of an Engineer’s head. Julian Caldrow did an amazing job of working out all of the details for this environment and created the set drawings. The final set was built at full scale and was incredible to walk on. I also sculpted an altar area for this set that paid homage to Giger -it is a relief sculpture hanging from the wall and has the impression of an alien form with flowing structures surrounding it. There are a lot of easter eggs in this sculpture — including several hidden Giger motifs that were not used in the original film.

This was a huge set piece that’s immediately identifiable, so it’s pretty cool to learn that the same iconography is being used in Alien: Covenant. A crew member, below, out of the Australia Fox lot snapped a shot of the enormous head being built on set, giving us knowledge that the films’ connections go beyond theme. Can we assume we will see more shrines on the surface of “Paradise”? More to come.

Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters) is leading a new crew that included Demian Bichir and the hilarious Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills).

Alien: Covenant takes off on August 4, 2017.

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COMMENTS

14 Comments
  • Awesome!

  • Alanmac

    There are plenty of theories out there that Jesus was in actuality an alien so couple that with all the religious undertones of Prometheus it would totally make sense that’s the direction RS takes Covenant in. I hope it does at least.

    • GrossGreg

      Apparently they were planning m using this plot point in Prometheus but Scott thought it was too “on the nose” whatever the fuck that means.

      • DrewHamster

        It means it’s too blunt and direct. Scott has always been more interested in asking religious questions in his films than saying something so blunt such as Jesus was an alien. I think it’s a pretty bad idea anyway, at least for this universe.

  • RidleyScott

    Layer this cake Ridley. Layer this cake.

  • J Jett

    Cool!

  • Benjamin Priest

    I’m so stoked for this film..

  • sliceanddice

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    • Brodequin

      same here. WTF???

  • Steve Miller

    I like Danny McBride but I really wish he wasn’t going to be in this movie.

    • gabriel

      Maybe he’ll play Jesus in the film lol

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    link broken lol

  • Pc

    The grand question that Ridley talkeded about was: who are these illegal aliens?

  • Sunil Kalgutkar

    dr shaw may be transformed in to xenophorb

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