This has to be an elaborate joke, or Ridley Scott talks too much to the press.
Long story short (elongated version here), Scott had always planned a sequel to his Alien prequel, Prometheus, but was put on the back-burner as he developed other projects. Neill Blomkamp was tapped by Fox to write and direct Alien 5, a followup to Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens. Then, out of nowhere, Scott decided that Prometheus 2 would be his followup to The Martian, which put Blomkamp’s Alien on hold. Further causing confusion, ahead of pre-production Prometheus 2 was retitled to Alien: Paradise Lost, which is quietly casting for a planned February 2016 shoot.
Now, speaking at AFI, Scott tells The Playlist that he’s once again changed the title. Until the next title change, we will refer to Scott’s Prometheus sequel as Alien: Covenant.
The title refers to some sort of “agreement,” presumably made between the Engineers and mankind. Without knowing anything on the inside, and going by what happened in Prometheus, could this broken contract be the death of Jesus Christ, which is alluded to in the first film (the thought is that the Engineers were sending the black ooze to wipe out mankind approximately 2,000 years ago when something happened on the ship)? There’s a lot of theology ladled throughout the film, thanks to writer Damon Lindelof, which implies that the crucifixion of Jesus has a connection to the mystery of the Engineers’ death ship.
There’s been quite a bit of news over the past few months, which is why I recommend clicking here to get fully up to speed. For now, let’s discuss what the title Alien: Covenant means…
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