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Alien: Covenant Officially Announced! – Release & Plot Details

Following the recent news of the potential title change for Sir Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus sequel, 20th Century Fox has officially announced that Prometheus 2 is no longer known as Alien: Paradise Lost but as Alien: Covenant. The announcement, made via the Prometheus and Alien Facebook pages, also divulges our first real details of the upcoming plot:

“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.”

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In addition to the above plot details, via the announcement on Twitter, Fox have also revealed the current release date for Alien: Covenant to be the 6th of October 2017! Noomi Rapace’s character, Elizabeth Shaw, is noticeably absent in the plot summary so perhaps she won’t be returning to reprise her role or her absence may be part of the mystery of the plot.



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  1. Corporal Hicks
    Is this possible though? I mean, the murals in Prometheus depict the xenomorph... Unless the humans created the xenomorph thousands of years prior.

    It looked more like the Deacon than an Alien to me. I know they're quite obviously linked in some fashion but it didn't seem to the be the Alien as we know it.

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    Im getting the feeling that David will create the Xeno we know, possibly in this film, but I think the idea may be that it has been made before and used as a weapon.

    This would be the last thing I want to see.
  2. CainsSon
    I have to admit that some of the ideas being put forth here of worst case scenarios are pretty bad.  And yet this is how the story might go.  If it turns out that humans created the aliens, then that will be one mindf*ck.  This film can really easily go sideways.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  You almost have to lower your expectations for this to be good.

    I'm actually more interested from Blomkamp's flim..

    Is this possible though? I mean, the murals in Prometheus depict the xenomorph... Unless the humans created the xenomorph thousands of years prior.

    Im getting the feeling that David will create the Xeno we know, possibly in this film, but I think the idea may be that it has been made before and used as a weapon. I'm also getting the idea that when Scott says we will, at the end of the trilogy, know why that ship is there on LV426 and how and why and etc,.. Im thinking he doesn't necessarily mean, we will see it happen but maybe just find out what happened to get it there, thousands of years prior. - I hope thats the case anyway!
  3. whiterabbit
    Honestly though, Alien has to mean "the Aliens". I mean it has too. Right?

    Depends if they're trying to be smart about it. They could try and it infer it to also mean the Engineers or even us.
    Ah shit this is ancient astronaut territory... well as long as people didn't make the alien. Of course it'll be people who made it to combat the engineers. f**k

    Hadn't really thought of it that way around. I certainly hope mankind doesn't end up creating the Aliens. I can get by with Engineer's doing it but not mankind.
    I know exactly how you feel. There's lots of things I can put up with but the one thing in alien that I can't; is if we actually made them. Even by accident. Though I don't actually think that will happen since Scott has said it's a movie about the engineers and why they would make such awful weapons.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    Honestly though, Alien has to mean "the Aliens". I mean it has too. Right?

    Depends if they're trying to be smart about it. They could try and it infer it to also mean the Engineers or even us.
    Ah shit this is ancient astronaut territory... well as long as people didn't make the alien. Of course it'll be people who made it to combat the engineers. f**k

    Hadn't really thought of it that way around. I certainly hope mankind doesn't end up creating the Aliens. I can get by with Engineer's doing it but not mankind.
  5. Perfect-Organism
    I have to admit that some of the ideas being put forth here of worst case scenarios are pretty bad.  And yet this is how the story might go.  If it turns out that humans created the aliens, then that will be one mindf*ck.  This film can really easily go sideways.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  You almost have to lower your expectations for this to be good.

    I'm actually more interested from Blomkamp's flim..
  6. whiterabbit
    Honestly though, Alien has to mean "the Aliens". I mean it has too. Right?

    Depends if they're trying to be smart about it. They could try and it infer it to also mean the Engineers or even us.
    Ah shit this is ancient astronaut territory... well as long as people didn't make the alien. Of course it'll be people who made it to combat the engineers. f**k
  7. Hellspawn28
    The movie comes out the same as Disney's Jungle Book film. Fox first release Prometheus on the same week as Madagascar 3 and the movie didn't make it to #1 at the box office opening week. Kids films are always do better then R rated films expect for 22nd Jump Street being released on the same week as How To Train Your Dragon 2.
  8. Infected
    What if its about a Yutani group with 5 androids onboard all looking like Vasquez, talking trash all the time.
    "we go out with a bang" "pendejo" "you are no man" "i never liked you" "are my tortillas ready" "i have never been mistaken for a man" "no have you" "you ever got your shit pushed in homesssssssss" "wolfie is just fine" "i am the legal guardian of your thesis if its provided correct" "i never liked you Gorlami"
    Imagine 5 of those android bitches talking all the way like that every second.
  9. whiterabbit
    It is an Alien film in that it's set in the same universe as Alien. And we don't know if it will have Aliens in it or not yet. The title would imply they do. That said, they could expand the meaning to mean more than just the Aliens to aliens.
    And this is why the creature needs an actual name. Xenomorph works for me but for "reasons" it never got traction. We should set up a contest and call it "Name the Alien". Settle this debate once and for all.  :laugh:

    Honestly though, Alien has to mean "the Aliens". I mean it has too. Right?
  10. Corporal Hicks
    It is an Alien film in that it's set in the same universe as Alien. And we don't know if it will have Aliens in it or not yet. The title would imply they do. That said, they could expand the meaning to mean more than just the Aliens to aliens.
  11. whiterabbit
    Hell yea it should have Alien in the title. It's an alien movie taking place in the alien universe. Although I agree that this series should focus on the space jockey err engineers. I would like to think that the alien is a naturally occurring creature that was perhaps misused by the engineers or experimented with. Although who knows really. I hope there are more types of aliens and even a god like entity too. However I want there to be an actual pay off and not just another movie. Never the less Ridley's goal with Prometheus was to explain what was inside of that suit; which I wish wasn't ruined in the damn trailer. This movies goal is show us what the engineers are I think.
  12. LordCassusSnow
    I'm sure most fans agree that this movie should not have Alien in the title. But it's understandable if it's only there because Scott doesn't want blomkamps fan fiction to overshadow his movie as he's very competitive. I for one am happy with the 4 Alien movies we have because, as Prometheus implies, the xenos are only weapons of the engineers. We know what their capable of and we know what they are. Just like we know what a nuclear bomb is and what it can do. I say no more movies about the weapons and more on the creators and what their intentions are by using these weapons. And also what other older and newer weapons were conceived before and after the xeno model.
  13. T Dog
    I'll wait to see how it turns out of course but my expectations are low and cautious.
    Ridley is developing this, while The Martian was handed to him. Movies he's developed haven't turned out too well in recent years.
  14. david8
    @darkvegett0...yeah terrible, like how the Martian was terrible eh? Concluding that'll it'll be terrible before it's even released is a non-sequitur.
  15. DaveT937
    It was just a relative 'grunt', who worked in the production side.

    Agreed re: corporal's sentiments. He does need to be challenged. Seems like Fox has reined him in this time, which I think is good news.
  16. oduodu
    Sucks we have to wait almost 2 years for it to come out.

    I don't mind waiting. I'd rather wait than have a rushed piece.

    To point about Scott wielding too much power and needing a strong creative team around him to get the best results, this was pretty much relayed to me verbatim by someone that worked on Prometheus.

    Too many people too keen to tickle his tummy!

    Exactly. People need to stand up and call him out on bad ideas.

    Its like that ?? I'll never understand life.
  17. Corporal Hicks
    Sucks we have to wait almost 2 years for it to come out.

    I don't mind waiting. I'd rather wait than have a rushed piece.

    To point about Scott wielding too much power and needing a strong creative team around him to get the best results, this was pretty much relayed to me verbatim by someone that worked on Prometheus.

    Too many people too keen to tickle his tummy!

    Exactly. People need to stand up and call him out on bad ideas.
  18. oduodu
    To point about Scott wielding too much power and needing a strong creative team around him to get the best results, this was pretty much relayed to me verbatim by someone that worked on Prometheus.

    Too many people too keen to tickle his tummy!

    The move to explain the Xeno's origins - and potentially a return to that hard, R rated world of the original - is a smart move. However, if Shaw goes on to become the original Space Jockey, I will hunt Scott down and punch him right between his eyes!  ;D

    The October release date is also potentially good news - being this close to Halloween might indicate a rachetting up of the terror / horror levels.

    Fingers crossed! It's going to be a long two years!

    You know someone who worked on Prometheus ?? Wow nice.

  19. DaveT937
    To point about Scott wielding too much power and needing a strong creative team around him to get the best results, this was pretty much relayed to me verbatim by someone that worked on Prometheus.

    Too many people too keen to tickle his tummy!

    The move to explain the Xeno's origins - and potentially a return to that hard, R rated world of the original - is a smart move. However, if Shaw goes on to become the original Space Jockey, I will hunt Scott down and punch him right between his eyes!  ;D

    The October release date is also potentially good news - being this close to Halloween might indicate a rachetting up of the terror / horror levels.

    Fingers crossed! It's going to be a long two years!
  20. The Eighth Passenger
    Also is there any confirmation that the David in Covenant is the same android from Prometheus?

    Yes, the synopses pretty much spells it out.

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    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.
  21. Stolen
    Really great news, I am eager to know the cast. Synopsis is attractive and mysterious ...
    Ok this might not be the direction I hoped for the continuation of Prometheus, but return to the Alien franchise can be interesting.

    Superb idea not to mention Shaw in the synopsis. Obviously that Noomi Rapace will be in the movie but it promises great moment between David and Shaw.
  22. Chris!(($$))!
    Scott isn't saying no to Neil Bloomkamp's alien, however Scott wants to rein in the franchise and be in control of the grand concept and themes. The whole "got away from him" deal. Basically he has made alien his baby and if NB wants to play he can but it'll be by Ridley's rules. Which I think is fair and overall a good idea. That's the way I see it anyways.

    At this point, as much as I love the idea of seeing Sigourney return as Ripley and long to see a proper ending to her story, I think we can all agree having one person spearhead the franchise as a Producer is what we need, so we don't end up with the mess we have.
    I imagine Ridley really kicks himself in the ass for dropping the ball on A5 when they went ahead with AVP. Even more so than when he didn't cling to it for ALIENS.
    One thing is certain with Scott on board, he will consistently bring quality production values to the series, that was largely missing from A:R through AVP-R. Say what you want about PROMETHEUS but the grandeur, and vastness of the Alien universe was restored. In doing that, it was unquestionably a success.

    I agree for the most part. A:R attempted the grandeur that you speak of but fell short.

    And from the looks of The Martian maybe Scott has gotten his groove back. I don't blame him either, remember this his close brother committed suicide not too long ago.

    I do hope that we get to explore Noomi's character, Shaw. Something tells me that Covenant may actually take place farther ahead than we think. Maybe the third movie will take place between Prometheus and Covenant and will focus heavily on what happens with Shaw and David.

    Also is there any confirmation that the David in Covenant is the same android from Prometheus?
  23. CainsSon
    Scott isn't saying no to Neil Bloomkamp's alien, however Scott wants to rein in the franchise and be in control of the grand concept and themes. The whole "got away from him" deal. Basically he has made alien his baby and if NB wants to play he can but it'll be by Ridley's rules. Which I think is fair and overall a good idea. That's the way I see it anyways.

    At this point, as much as I love the idea of seeing Sigourney return as Ripley and long to see a proper ending to her story, I think we can all agree having one person spearhead the franchise as a Producer is what we need, so we don't end up with the mess we have.
    I imagine Ridley really kicks himself in the ass for dropping the ball on A5 when they went ahead with AVP. Even more so than when he didn't cling to it for ALIENS.
    One thing is certain with Scott on board, he will consistently bring quality production values to the series, that was largely missing from A:R through AVP-R. Say what you want about PROMETHEUS but the grandeur, and vastness of the Alien universe was restored. In doing that, it was unquestionably a success.
  24. whiterabbit
    I'm not sure there any such things as 'Ridley's rules' exist for the 'Alien' films. From what I remember, the only thing he truly laments about the direction the series went, was that it didn't return to the derelict and demystify how it became like that.

    Something which 'Prometheus' didn't really do, either, as it turned out. :)

    He can be a gifted artistic visionary (although, not always), but a part of that mentality is being extremely fluid and distracted by the newest ideas which come his way. Even in the post-production interviews for 'Prometheus', it was clear he didn't have anything approaching concrete plans for the direction he wanted the series to head in.
    That "space jockey, who was that" was the excuse he reasoned to do Prometheus in the first place. However now I think he has grabbed the bull by the horns, so to speak. He also thought the alien creature was over and done with but now I think he realizes that it isn't done. That  or the studio execs told him to put Alien in the title or otherwise: no money. :P Prometheus never really had a clear vision, thus why we got what we got but I have faith that he will not repeat the same mistakes the second go round.

    Hopefully someone gives Ridley a good hard push this time. :)
  25. Corporal Hicks
    They also knew an Alien film that said; "directed by Ridley Scott" would get more bums in the seats.

    True enough but "produced by Ridley Scott" would have done the job just as well for the every man.

    He can be a gifted artistic visionary (although, not always), but a part of that mentality is being extremely fluid and distracted by the newest ideas which come his way. Even in the post-production interviews for 'Prometheus', it was clear he didn't have anything approaching concrete plans for the direction he wanted the series to head in.

    That's what happens when he doesn't have a strong creative team around him.  :-\
  26. Xenomorphine
    I'm not sure there any such things as 'Ridley's rules' exist for the 'Alien' films. From what I remember, the only thing he truly laments about the direction the series went, was that it didn't return to the derelict and demystify how it became like that.

    Something which 'Prometheus' didn't really do, either, as it turned out. :)

    He can be a gifted artistic visionary (although, not always), but a part of that mentality is being extremely fluid and distracted by the newest ideas which come his way. Even in the post-production interviews for 'Prometheus', it was clear he didn't have anything approaching concrete plans for the direction he wanted the series to head in.
  27. The Eighth Passenger
    Although I always wondered about them "suits", surely some of them have to be fans of Alien.

    We're probably getting to a point in time were many of those "suits" would have grown-up with Alien and it's sequels. There certainly seems to be a bit of a revival going on within the franchise with some good quality stuff coming out recently like Alien: Isolation, The Weyland-Yutani Report and many of the new novels.

    The current chairman and CEO of Fox also seems to be into science-fiction as I recall an interview where he was unashamedly gushing about all the concept art and stuff currently being made for the Avatar sequels. He is also actively involved with the X Prize foundation.

    I think Scott wields more power than we think. At the end of the day, Fox made him come back for Prometheus. It was originally supposed to be someone called Carl Rinch (sp?) but Fox demanded Ridley do it so whilst he doesn't own the IP, he certainly seems to be the one Fox trusts with it.

    They also knew an Alien film that said; "directed by Ridley Scott" would get more bums in the seats.
  28. whiterabbit
    Well even though, to me any way the movie wasn't an "R" movie he certainty didn't pull that PG-13 bullshit with Prometheus. Which is why above all else I'm hopeful that Covenant will be a hard R movie. In this age you need some cred to get an R rating out of studio execs. I think fox definitely trusts him to run the ship. Which is why I called it his baby. Honestly why not, he has made a lot of great movies. Many of which were panned by critics to only become cult classics and some even far more meaning full than anyone would have imagined. Plus the dude loves epics. Which is what I think this Alien (Prometheus) saga is going.
  29. Corporal Hicks
    Indeed, where did this nonsense get started? IGN again?

    Yup. Bastards.


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    Except Scott isn't the George Lucas of the Alien franchise. He doesn't own the IP nor has he funded any of the films himself. He got the original Alien gig because the previous six directors attached to the project had all dropped out. Although he certainly had a major influence on the look of the final film it wasn't his brainchild to begin with.

    Looking back at Prometheus, there were instances where Scott had to capitulate to studio interference. Granted, he would have a little bit more  influence and authority than most other directors with regards to this particular IP but for good or for worse, it's a bunch of suits in a boardroom that's ultimately calling all the shots with regards to the future of the Alien franchise.

    I think Scott wields more power than we think. At the end of the day, Fox made him come back for Prometheus. It was originally supposed to be someone called Carl Rinch (sp?) but Fox demanded Ridley do it so whilst he doesn't own the IP, he certainly seems to be the one Fox trusts with it.
  30. whiterabbit
    Ridley says he isnt letting Alien 'get away from him again.'

    ...So we're not getting Alien 5 until all the Prometheus sequels are done?

    I'm sorry but... that just displeases me. I really hope that isn't the case.

    He didn't say that. Unless someone can provide me with a source, he said it would be Prometheus 2 first and then Alien 5. I can't remember seeing anything that said he would make it wait until he was done with Prometheus.

    Indeed, where did this nonsense get started? IGN again? The last time Scott mentioned Alien 5 he seemed eager to get it going and even mentioned a 2017 release date.

    Scott isn't saying no to Neil Bloomkamp's alien, however Scott wants to rein in the franchise and be in control of the grand concept and themes. The whole "got away from him" deal. Basically he has made alien his baby and if NB wants to play he can but it'll be by Ridley's rules. Which I think is fair and overall a good idea. That's the way I see it anyways.

    Except Scott isn't the George Lucas of the Alien franchise. He doesn't own the IP nor has he funded any of the films himself. He got the original Alien gig because the previous six directors attached to the project had all dropped out. Although he certainly had a major influence on the look of the final film it wasn't his brainchild to begin with.

    Looking back at Prometheus, there were instances where Scott had to capitulate to studio interference. Granted, he would have a little bit more  influence and authority than most other directors with regards to this particular IP but for good or for worse, it's a bunch of suits in a boardroom that's ultimately calling all the shots with regards to the future of the Alien franchise.
    True but he does yield a tremendous amount of influence and has the desire and experience to pull it off. Although I always wondered about them "suits", surely some of them have to be fans of Alien. Although for a moment I was thinking what a George Lucas Alien movie would be like. Actually I can already see Obi Wan complaining to Little Ani about having to deal with a alien infestation.
  31. The Eighth Passenger
    Ridley says he isnt letting Alien 'get away from him again.'

    ...So we're not getting Alien 5 until all the Prometheus sequels are done?

    I'm sorry but... that just displeases me. I really hope that isn't the case.

    He didn't say that. Unless someone can provide me with a source, he said it would be Prometheus 2 first and then Alien 5. I can't remember seeing anything that said he would make it wait until he was done with Prometheus.

    Indeed, where did this nonsense get started? IGN again? The last time Scott mentioned Alien 5 he seemed eager to get it going and even mentioned a 2017 release date.

    Scott isn't saying no to Neil Bloomkamp's alien, however Scott wants to rein in the franchise and be in control of the grand concept and themes. The whole "got away from him" deal. Basically he has made alien his baby and if NB wants to play he can but it'll be by Ridley's rules. Which I think is fair and overall a good idea. That's the way I see it anyways.

    Except Scott isn't the George Lucas of the Alien franchise. He doesn't own the IP nor has he funded any of the films himself. He got the original Alien gig because the previous six directors attached to the project had all dropped out. Although he certainly had a major influence on the look of the final film it wasn't his brainchild to begin with.

    Looking back at Prometheus, there were instances where Scott had to capitulate to studio interference. Granted, he would have a little bit more  influence and authority than most other directors with regards to this particular IP but for good or for worse, it's a bunch of suits in a boardroom that's ultimately calling all the shots with regards to the future of the Alien franchise.
  32. whiterabbit
    Scott isn't saying no to Neil Bloomkamp's alien, however Scott wants to rein in the franchise and be in control of the grand concept and themes. The whole "got away from him" deal. Basically he has made alien his baby and if NB wants to play he can but it'll be by Ridley's rules. Which I think is fair and overall a good idea. That's the way I see it anyways.
  33. Corporal Hicks
    Ridley says he isnt letting Alien 'get away from him again.'

    ...So we're not getting Alien 5 until all the Prometheus sequels are done?

    I'm sorry but... that just displeases me. I really hope that isn't the case.

    He didn't say that. Unless someone can provide me with a source saying otherwise, he said it would be Prometheus 2 first and then Alien 5. I can't remember seeing anything that said he would make it wait until he was done with the Prometheus series.
  34. Born Of Cold Light
    Yeah, I've got good vibes about this as well.  Ridley seems to have a stronger idea of what he wants, and he's clearly re-energized by the idea of revisiting Alien.  Honestly, I've wanted to see this kind of movie for over a decade.
  35. Richman678
    I know Prometheus was a let down, but I believe Scott is trying to make a proper Alien movie this time. The only other director I would be happy with making an Aliens movie is James Cameron so this is good news as far as I'm concerned.
  36. Xenomorphine
    When I said it's very difficult, I meant that it's unlike Star Wars or Star Trek where you just activate hyperspeed or warp drive and buzz through like it were nothing. I should've worded it a bit better.

    In Alien, it's dangerous despite being a routine, it's still tricky. Remember when the Nostromo landed on LV-426 and caught fire out of nowhere? Sure it's a rust bucket, but it's still decades after Prometheus. The landing wasn't as smooth as it would be for the Millennium Falcon.

    That's something I love about this franchise, it shows hazards such as fires catching etc.

    Well, in a sense, but I think it just depends on the distance. Cryosleep is only necessary for lengthy voyages. I'd suspect the Falcon is smaller than the Nostromo? In which case, the dropship is a more comparable landing craft and has a similar smooth landing capability.

    We really don't know how ships travel long distances in the 'Alien' films... I've often thought it strange that we're able to generate gravity inside ships, yet they travel along using relatively archaic rocket exhausts.
  37. Federick Gonsa
    Interesting. I do find Noomi Rapace's absence odd. Maybe they just mentioned Fassbender because he is a bigger star? Or... Shaw was pretty beat up after getting the cesarean, running around, and being hit on her wound. Perhaps, just maybe, after reconnecting's David's head, she was getting close to death and David froze her to save her later? I felt like David had an mild infatuation with her.
  38. The Alien Predator
    According to Spaihts draft the engineer home world is In. Sagitarius's arm.

    Nice point, hope to see it in the movie  :)
    Travelling inside the galaxy must be routine for the Engineers, unlike humans from Earth. So humans from another system, more advanced than us, (and speaking english of course :P) could be involved (one should remember our creators are space gardeners, life seeders)

    That's something I love about this franchise, it shows hazards such as fires catching etc.

    I get what you mean, there are some 'realistic' counterbalances to FTL technology, for e.g.


    Good point about the Engineers making other "human" looking aliens.  :P This is actually a great excuse for why this franchise can have many humanoid aliens to begin with, like in Fire and Stone, there's this humanoid four armed and red skinned alien race that was primitive, a Predator that was hunting on the world discovered cave paintings showing Engineers pointing at the stars similarly to how they did with us on Earth.

    For all we know, the Arcturians that Frost mentions sleeping with in Aliens could be very human looking as well, only hard to discern the genders.  :laugh:
  39. Primordial
    According to Spaihts draft the engineer home world is In. Sagitarius's arm.

    Nice point, hope to see it in the movie  :)
    Travelling inside the galaxy must be routine for the Engineers, unlike humans from Earth. So humans from another system, more advanced than us, (and speaking english of course :P) could be involved (one should remember our creators are space gardeners, life seeders)

    That's something I love about this franchise, it shows hazards such as fires catching etc.

    I get what you mean, there are some 'realistic' counterbalances to FTL technology, for e.g.
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