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"The path to paradise begins in hell."
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Alien: Covenant
Film information
Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by Ridley Scott
Mark Huffam
Michael Schaefer
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written by Story:
Jack Palagen
Michael Green
John Logan
Dante Harper
Starring Michael Fassbender
Katherine Waterston
Billy Crudup
Danny McBride
Demián Bichir
Music Jed Kurzel
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Release information
Release date(s) May 19, 2017
Running time TBA
Budget $150 Million (projected)
Worldwide gross
Preceded by Prometheus
Followed by Alien

Alien: Covenant is an upcoming 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, taking place roughly ten years later,[1] and follows the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. Upon landing, the crew discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, inhabited solely by the android David, survivor of the ill-fated Prometheus expedition. However, the planet is soon revealed to be far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined.

The film is set to explore the origins of the Xenomorph species as seen in the Alien franchise, and will also feature a new version of the creature dubbed the Neomorph.[2] The film will be followed by two further movies, ultimately leading up to the events of the original Alien.[3] Production of the film began in February 2016,[4] with a scheduled release date of May 19, 2017.[5] The film was originally titled Alien: Paradise Lost.[6]

Plot Edit

"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."
―Plot summary from Bloody Disgusting[7]



During the March 17, 2012 WonderCon, Scott stated that Prometheus would leave many questions unanswered, and that these could be answered in a sequel, saying, "If we're lucky, there'll be a second part. It does leave you with some nice open questions."[19][20] Asked if a sequel would be a direct prequel to Alien, Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof said, "If we're fortunate enough to do a sequel... it will tangentialize even further away from the original Alien."[21]

In June 2012, Lindelof stated that while plot elements were deliberately left unresolved so that they could be answered in a sequel, he and Scott thoroughly discussed what should be resolved so that Prometheus could stand alone, as a sequel was not guaranteed. Further detailing his sequel concept, Scott stated that it would follow Shaw to her next destination, "because if it is paradise, paradise cannot be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous".[22] Lindelof cast doubt on his participation, stating, "If [Scott] wants me to be involved in something, that would be hard to say no to. At the same time, I do feel like [Prometheus] might benefit from a fresh voice or a fresh take or a fresh thought."[22] Scott has stated that an additional film would be required to bridge the gap between the Prometheus sequel and the original Alien. In an interview with Empire Magazine, posted October 28, 2013, Scott confirmed that "Prometheus 2 is written", but did not indicate when it might start shooting.[23]

During publicity for his 2015 film The Martian, Scott stated that the Prometheus sequel was going to be his next project, with production due to start in February 2016. He also confirmed that the film would follow on from Shaw's comments at the end of the first film regarding her desire to search for the Engineer home world.[4] In an interview with HeyUGuys, Scott later stated that the film's title would be Alien: Paradise Lost, in reference to the John Milton poem Paradise Lost, which deals with the Fall of Man and the temptations of Adam and Eve.[6] He went on to state that the title had been chosen "because we're heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented. We'll go back into the back door of the very first Alien that I did thirty years ago".[6] This appeared to contradict earlier statements that the sequel would have even less of a connection with Alien than the first Prometheus movie. This change of direction was confirmed when Scott later acknowledged that the original Alien creature would feature in the new movie, as the title implied.[24]

In November 2015, Scott announced that the film's title had been changed to Alien: Covenant[25] and also stated that screenwriter John Logan had been brought onto the production to overhaul the script.[26]

Concept and DesignEdit

On October 24, 2016, the production team revealed details regarding the new alien creature that would feature in the movie — dubbed the "Neomorph" by the production crew — through an exclusive released by[2] The creatures share several traits with the Xenomorphs from earlier films (most notably, they gestate inside living human hosts) but were otherwise designed to be quite different, with white, translucent skin.[2] Later the same month, a batch of photographs were leaked showcasing new designs for several of the original Xenomorph's life cycle stages as they would appear in the film, but these were quickly taken down by 20th Century Fox.[27]


During pre-production, Scott clarified that Michael Fassbender would return for the sequel, playing both David from Prometheus as well as a "doppelganger" named Walter.[8] In December 2015, it was announced that American actress Katherine Waterston had been cast as Daniels, the film's lead character.[28] Despite Scott initially claiming that Noomi Rapace would not be returning as Prometheus protagonist Elizabeth Shaw,[29] it was later confirmed that she would in fact be appearing in the sequel.[12]

Throughout February 2016, a series of announcements saw the film's cast continue to grow, with actors Demián Bichir, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez and Billy Crudup joining the production. In late October 2016, an exclusive report from AVPGalaxy revealed that Guy Pearce would also be returning from Prometheus in the role of Sir Peter Weyland, portraying a younger version of the character in flashback.[13] Several weeks later, AVPGalaxy also revealed that actor James Franco had also been cast in the film, playing Branson, the captain of the Covenant and the husband of Waterston's lead character.[14]

Harry Gregson-Williams was initially announced as the film's composer,[30] having previously worked (uncredited) on Prometheus, but the musician later announced via his Facebook page that he was no longer working on the film.


In November 2015, it was confirmed that Covenant would film in Sydney, Australia,[31] making it only the second film in the Alien series not to be filmed in the UK, after Alien Resurrection (although minor reshoots were later carried out at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden near Watford, England[32]).

Covenant Blast MP Slider

The explosion photographed on set.

Principal photography began on April 4, 2016.[33] Throughout the month, photographs shot by passers by revealed a set for the film, apparently a section of spacecraft, was under construction on location in Milford Sound in New Zealand. A large explosion was also photographed as part of the filming there. Photographs of a separate set constructed in a quarry near Sydney, Australia appeared to show the aftermath of an extraterrestrial massacre, with numerous charred corpses twisted in the throes of agony.[34] Principal photography wrapped on July 19, 2016.[35]

On November 18 it was announced that the film was undergoing reshoots, to be filmed at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden.[32]

Marketing Edit

Viral campaign Edit

In 2016, a viral campaign called "Meet Walter"[36] started circulating as a link to a website a where the visitor could "Reserve" their own Walter synthetic companion, as featured in Alien: Covenant. This website is designed to look like a product overview, detailing Walter's features, accompanied by a video, depicting Weyland-Yutani manufacturing a Walter from start to finish. This viral campaign is very similar to the David 8 viral campaign for Prometheus.


The film was originally scheduled for an October 6, 2017 release date,[7] but this was brought forward to August 4, 2017.[37] The release date was later brought forward again to May 19, 2017.[5] Prior to release, a 10-minute preview of the film was shown as part of special screenings of Alien and Prometheus on Alien Day 2017.


Two novels, both written by Alan Dean Foster, will be published to coincide with the release of the film. The first will be a novelisation of the film script,[38] while the second will be an official prequel novel that will take place before the film's events.[39] The books will represent Foster's first involvement with the franchise for 25 years, having previously written the novelisations of Alien, Aliens and Alien3. The prequel novel will also be the first original story Foster has penned for the franchise. Titan Books is also set to publish two behind the scenes books to coincide with the release of the film — Alien: Covenant: The Official Collector's Edition, a behind the scenes book on the making of the film, and The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant, containing production and conceptual artwork. Movie magazine Birth.Movies.Death. will also be producing a special Alien issue to coincide with the release of the film.

Jed Kurzel's soundtrack will be released in both CD and digital download formats. A tie-in VR game will also be released.[40]

Alien: Covenant in Utero is a 2017 virtual reality experience, developed by FoxNext VR Studio, and partners AMD RADEON and Dell Inspiron, that will lead fans through a living nightmare offering a terrifyingly close and personal encounter with an alien Neomorph at the time of its birth.


On March 3, 2017, it was reported that the sequel to Alien: Covenant had already been written and would be ready to film in 2018, dependant on the success of the first film.[15] Later the same month, in an interview with Fandango, Scott appeared to accidentally reveal that the title of the next film would be Alien: Awakening and also seemed to suggest that it would be a prequel set between Prometheus and Covenant.[41] Scott went on to state that there would be at least three further films, assuming the two movies were successful.[41]



See AlsoEdit


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