Finally, we’ve got official news direct from the studio! Twentieth Century Fox has released a bunch of information for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, his newly titled Prometheus sequel that went under the title Alien: Paradise Lost for a short period of time.
We not only got our hands on the official logo, which hearkens back to the opening sequence of the original 1979 film, but also scored a synopsis!
“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.”
Interestingly enough, Noomi Rapace is suspiciously absent from this synopsis. Prometheus ended with Rapace and Fassbender embarking on an alien ship to head to the Engineer’s home planet in search of answers. However, the synopsis makes no mention of her, which seems somewhat odd. Every film in the Alien universe has been led by a strong female character, so this feels like a bit of a deviation, although it’s rumored that Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation‘s Rebecca Ferguson is allegedly in talks to join Scott’s Covenant expedition.
In regards to the Covenant crew, “It’s going to be its own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster,” Scott revealed earlier in October. “And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act.” Scott also spoke of a new origin story for the Alien Xenomorphs.
Fox also hatched a new date for Alien: Covenant: October 6th, 2017. Looks like we have a bit of a wait but nothing too unmanageable.
Regarding the title of the film, Brad has an interesting theory on where it’s coming from. Check it out here.