Ridley Scott has been talking a little more about his upcoming Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, at a press conference in Sydney and whilst some of the details are something he’s said before there’s actually quite a lot of new interesting information in this report from The Hollywood Reporter including confirmation of a new trilogy of films starting with Alien: Covenant:
“Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” he said of the new film, which tells the story of the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover 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.
“Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question “why the Alien, who made it and why?” Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.
So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.”
At the press conference Ridley Scott also confirmed that shooting of Alien: Covenant would commence in March 2016 with Michael Fassbender arriving in Sydney in mid-March for a 16 week shoot. Scott also confirms that Noomi Rapace’s Shaw will be in Alien: Covenant, albeit briefly: “Other casting hasn’t been confirmed, although Scott did say that Prometheus 1 star Noomi Rapace will only appear briefly in Covenant.”
He also talked a little about shooting the film in both studio shoots and on location: “Shooting will be a mix of location and studio shoots with location requiting “monumental forest and monumental rock and the rest will be in the studio with fairly formidable CGI. The Martian was made for the most part 94 pecent in a Budapest studio. With green screen I now can’t tell what was studio and what was shot in Wadi Rum.”
Scott also spoke about the notion of filming the other Prometheus sequels in Australia as well, moving away from England and Pinewood Studios where he shot the original Alien and Prometheus. Thanks to Willie Goldman for the news.