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Alien: Covenant Set Reports Now Being Released!

Back in June members of the press were shown around the sets of Alien: Covenant. We caught hints of that as various journalists shared photos of themselves on the Potts Hill Quarry set but it’s taken until now for the veil of secrecy regarding those visits to be lifted. Countless outlets are now publishing their reports of their time on the set of Alien: Covenant and there’s a lot of juicy information to digest!

ScreenRant have a great character guide, offering our first major look at the large cast and the characters they’re playing. So far all we’ve really heard about has been Daniels, Walter and David. Some of the other outlets have more detailed quotes from the various actors, including this nice account of Billy Crudup’s Oram from Coming Soon’s article“When I first auditioned for this, the script that I read, he was sort of an antagonist,” Crudup admitted. “And I was like, ‘Well, I’m not so interested in playing him like that.’ I’d rather play him as someone who really thinks he’s doing a great job, and he’s so focused on that that he’s doing a horrible job of socializing and a horrible job of leading, but it’s not because he’s a sh*tty guy and it’s not because he’s nefarious or something.”

Speaking of creature design, Creature Effects Supervisors Conor O’Sullivan and Adam Johansen explained that like Prometheus, Alien: Covenant’s creatures inspiration came from the ocean: “Walking into the breezy and sunlit entryway for Alien: Covenant’s Creatures Department, I step slightly to my right. Below, my foot ever so gently has just avoided tripping over an array of charred, synthetic legs and mangled flesh. Mounted above the blackened limbs is an amber molding of a fledgling Xenomorph, jellyfish-shaped and gelatinous. Clearly, I really have landed onanother planet, one made in Ridley Scott’s unique science fiction image.

Creature Supervisors Conor O’Sullivan and Adam Johansen cite jellyfish and the ocean as general inspirations for their alien designs, yet this creature is also akin in size and vulva evocations to painter Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers. At times the amber hue of the plastic encasing merges into a deeper red like congealed blood. And blood abounds in Ridley Scott’s follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus and prequel to Alien. When asked if this is going to be the goriest Alien film we’ve seen thus far, Neil Corbould, the special visual effects supervisor, smiles cheekily and nods, “Yes, I think so.”

Katherine Waterston as Daniels in a new publicity still from Alien: Covenant.

Talking to CinemaBlend, Demian Bichir (who plays Sergeant Lobe, head of the military forces aboard the Covenant) explained the meaning behind the Covenant’s name: “It’s a Noah’s Ark. You’re going out there, we have a lab, and we have many different species of this and that. And this is about moving – and when you move houses, you make sure you bring your blender with you. [laughter] You don’t leave anything behind. You never know what you’ll find or not find in the new place.”

The fate of Prometheus’ surviving protagonist Elizabeth Shaw has been a big mystery. We saw Daniels find her dogtags in the trailers but otherwise Shaw’s role in the film has not really been discussed. Joblo spotted something during their visit that that might interest the fans wondering about what happened to Shaw! “One piece of art that I kept going back to was a Giger-esque drawing of Shaw’s head (Noomi Rapace) surrounded by bio-mechanical tubes, as if she was mutating into something (I thought the first Xenomorph from ALIEN perhaps?). I was surprised they would let such a picture out there for us to see – so keep that in mind, it may be sly misdirection on the Studio’s part.”

Haleigh Foutch of Collider was particularly impressed with the atmosphere of the sets, proclaiming “Holy Shit” as she stepped onto the set for the first time. “The entire soundstage is atmospheric, thick smoke sticking like cobwebs wherever you turn. From the entrance, it’s lit up enough that you can make out the artifices of filmmaking: the planks and platforms holding the set together, the lighting rigs and camera setups, and the bustling crew members, always moving from A to B between takes. But once you step onto the set itself, you are transported. You are in an Alien film. It’s movie magic in real life, and it’s so cool that it takes a minute to remember that is kind of terrifying.”

In addition to the reports, 20th Century Fox has also released two brand new publicity stills! One still shows a shadowy figure in the Engineer hallway that we have previously seen. The second still we posted above, showing Daniels looking to the sky.

We’ll try to keep this list updated with new reports and interviews as they’re released. If you come across any new ones, please drop us a link down below!

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Update 07/03/2017: A third new production still – another of Katherine Waterston as Daniels – was released with some reports. So far only a cropped versions of this still had made it online but thanks to a set report from Film Starts, we have the still in full.

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  1. Pvt. Himmel
    Translated:.    Small spoiler which confirmed by Sagardoa!!
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       As soon as Demián Bichir arrived in the interview space on the set of Alien: Covenant, the message was clear: he had met one of the fearsome Aliens. After all, the actor had on his face an immense mark, caused by the iconic beings. "This mark was created by the contact with the saliva of the Alien. It started with a stain and now it is burning my face, disintegrating everything, what they have inside them is very strong, whatever it is."
    Behind all the makeup, Demian was happy. "To face the Alien is like returning to my childhood, it's a legendary character, it's like facing Al Pacino or Robert De Niro, I was speechless, I almost asked for his autograph!" He joked.
    Check below the main highlights of our interview with Demián Bichir, nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for A Better Life. It is worth remembering that Alien: Covenant will hit Brazilian cinemas on May 11.

      WORKING WITH RIDLEY SCOTT
    It is foolish to think that Demián Bichir's greatest goal in starring Alien: Covenant is the opportunity to be in a science fiction blockbuster. For him, the great attraction was working with Ridley Scott. "This sequel could have been commissioned by a studio and directed by someone else with the endorsement of Ridley Scott, but no: it's who's driving it himself.It's the master in person who's in charge! Which makes everything even more surreal to me, "he commented.
    "I do not know if I would agree to be in this movie if Ridley was not in charge, I always dream and hope to work with the best directors and actors in the world.There are many ways to be part of a science fiction, but it is not always that you are in a project Five stars like this, could not be happier, more grateful. "

       WHO IS YOUR CHARACTER?
    Even nine months after our visit to the Alien: Covenant set, the character played by Demián Bichir remains nameless. "My character is a highly trained military man, a sergeant prepared to fight at any moment. My objective inside the ship is to keep all the crew of this colonizing mission safe. We are lucky to find a planet that has similar conditions to ours, so we can colonize it, but we also know that we can die by trying to do that. "

     FROM NOVELS TO BLOCKBUSTERS
    Like every Mexican actor, Demián began his career working on local soap operas. "I'm happy to have participated in all kinds of production when I was young.We all go through this, I come from a place where you have to do it for a living.It was like a training to have done all these TV programs that are really horrible, but all The great Mexican artists have gone through it.This is all part of the learning process and what is important is the path you choose to pursue in your career. "

    THE SECRET OF PROFESSION
    Since the Oscar nomination, Demián Bichir has been increasingly sought after by Hollywood productions. And he often refuses the proposals he receives. "The secret, something that many people do not know, is to say not several times." People only see the things we do, but they do not know how many times we said no, which is part of what defines an actor. A character that gives a lot of money or a blockbuster that will give a return, but life is too short.You have to do the things you love and touch your heart.It is difficult because acting is my profession.But life is simple, it is Good: the best things in life are for free.We can not make things too complicated. "

      AdoroCinema traveled to Sydney at the invitation of Fox Filmes do Brasil.       
           
  2. cliffhanger
    i think that what is missed in this is that we're only looking at artificial intelligence, which can mimic biological intelligence, perhaps in some areas surpass it if you will.

    however, what's the thing here is that artificial intelligence is only part of the 'problem'. ridley talks about creativity, and the thing is though, for that, you thus need artificial creativity. intelligence and creativity are not the same, and don't neccesarily need eachother. for example, an intelligent human being can lack severely in creative skills or any creativity whatsoever.
    then, a highly creative person can really lack intelligence.

    the spectrum thus doesn't stop at artificial intelligence, which science seems to be halted at for quite a while. the creativity aspect is missing, when the creativity aspect is reached, then you suddenly get a whole new world at your feet. dreams, visions, etc.

    that is exactly what ridley is talking about.
    David is an artifcial intelligent being, but he lacks the creative part as far as we have seen untill now.
    the question is, can this creative part actually be learned without the need for programming or human research?

  3. Infected
    A lot of people having problems with the thing Ridley said about, a.i. not being able to create, that hasnt been created or done before.
    If he is talking about David, or is he talking about reality?
    The question is, if a wheel wasnt invented yet, and David walked somewhere and he trips and rolls down a mountain, would his chip/brain be able to understand what happened and would he be able to come up with the idea of a wheel invention?
    If yes is the answer then he would or an a.i. would be capable of writing or rewriting his program or instructions.
    When this in reality becomes real, then you could have a Skynet thing, because when an a.i. start seeing things as in efficient and non efficient, then shit gets real.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/218314/sxsw-2017-ridley-scott-katherine-waterston-danny-mcbride-talk-alien-covenant/

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    Q: You’ve said on several occasions that if the situation were to arise, you could see yourself doing more Alien films. I was wondering if that’s still your feeling now?

    Ridley Scott: Oh, yeah. Well, I think this is so, dare I say, clever and violent and everything you kind of want. I think it’s a cut above what’s happened before and therefore will leave all kinds of things open for the next one. I enjoy doing them so much that I would like it to go on forever.

    Q: Who would you want to take over? You can’t do it forever.

    Ridley Scott: I’m trying. That’s why I have A.I.’s in everything, I’m trying to figure out what they do. Stick a f**king chip in you.

    Katherine Waterston: Ridley might be an A.I.

    Q: We’re coming to a point when cybernetics seem like they’re something that could become a part of human life very soon. Is that something that you personally would be interested in?

    Katherine Waterston: Maybe the next movie you could have an A.I. actor!

    Ridley Scott: Absolutely. But can a computer be a chess master? I’m just hoping that you can’t quite replace a human being’s capability. Can you have a computer write a book or write a screenplay? Or write a poem? It’s always going to be very derivative and only based on what’s been done and trained in different ways before. So, it’s going to be a cross-collateralization … it can only be that. Medically, it’s going to be fantastic. I don’t think it’s going to make better movies.

    Q: Spinning off that, though, when I look at some of these films, I’m wondering if it looks at the irrelevance of humans. You’ve got these aliens killing us and A.I. taking over.

    Ridley Scott: Big subject in this. It’s in this; that’s one of the big questions. The film begins with something very interesting which sets up a platform for acknowledging what you just said and discussion. It’s quite clever actually. I’m surprised.

    Q: So now that we know the Engineers really aren’t the creators of humanity, are we still getting quite a few clues in Covenant? Or is everybody just running for their lives?

    Ridley Scott: No, they’re metaphors for superior beings, and therefore, are their superior beings out there? I’d put your money right now on yes. Do they like us? I have no idea. Superior? Almost certainly.

    Q: I have a question for Katherine and Danny. If you could imagine your characters dropped into Ridley’s original Alien, which scene would you be most interested in seeing how your character is reacting in that scene?

    Katherine Waterston: I think it’s Ash’s head. But it’s hard to pick, man. The Chestburster.

    Ridley Scott: Ash’s head was a really giant, fresh surprise during the process of the film.

    Katherine Waterston: Me, I think I would just want to be hanging out with Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto.

    Q: People still love what you did. How does that feel… that you created something people still love? You’re now a part of that legacy, and Katherine, you’re part of Harry Potter too. And [Danny], you’re doing Halloween; you’re a part of legacies. How does that resonate in your head?

    Ridley Scott: It doesn’t really. You get used to it. I can give you another answer… but no, it’s fun. We’re lucky to be doing this production.

    Danny McBride: Yeah, my parents think that I’m finally, like, making real movies now.

    Ridley Scott: I was an art student; my Mom said to me after my agony of being an art student… I said I’m going to go do films. She said, ‘You mean you’re going to waste all that time being an art student, and now you’re going to do movies?’

    Q: Danny, did you get to pick out your awesome hat?

    Danny McBride: You know, that was one of Ridley’s ideas from the get-go. We talked about it being like an homage to Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. Yeah, it was easily embraced. Then it became the signs of when he’s wearing it and when he’s not, you know… how stressed out he is.

    Q: Is there any truth to the rumor that Katherine’s character is connected to Ripley?

    Katherine Waterston: Who started that shit?

    Q: That’s a really great answer! Danny, quick question… Tennessee, where did you draw your inspiration from? Or did you just say, “You know what… let’s do something brand new?”

    Danny McBride: Well, you know, on the ship it’s a lot of scientists and I liked the idea that in the original you had working class people and so I think that was sort of his dynamic with him… that he was a little more working class. And he gets paired up with all these scientists and brilliant people. So it was sort of like trying to figure out how he would kind of operate in that world, something advanced like that, but still bring a little salt of the Earth to it as well.

    Q: What does it take for a film to be scary?

    Ridley Scott: You know, it’s the hardest thing to do. It’s a lot easier to make people smile. I think we’ve been challenged by so much violence, super-violence, like Saw 13, so we get numb to blood and numb to brutality. And numb to inhuman behavior. Way back when I was going to do Alien, I think at that point in time there were two… three… one really serious one that scared the hell out of me. Exorcist One is a fantastic film maybe because it feels logical, feels possible. And when it’s possible and logical it’s always scarier.
  5. prometheusfire08
    I think a lot of people mistake ridley scott for ozzy from back in his reality show days .

    like he's just some bumbling moron sat in a chair ranting incoherently and waving his hands around , grunting as the artists , set builders and actors etc etc just interpret what he might mean , all giving each other confused looks when he is not watching them .....


    I'm more than certain ..... given how he directed Alien and Faught for the spacejockey to be built ( even having it commissioned in secret ) that Scott is more than aware that the jockey ship , pilot and chair have aesthetic differences when it comes to Alien and prometheus .......

    we have all seen the set picture that matches the ships tunnels from Alien so I think the differences in juggernaut presentation so far were intentional
  6. CainsSon
    is it me or is this starting to sound more and more like a actual and complete reboot of the franchise done by mister scott himself?

    No, because he's said several times these are going to lead into the original Alien.

    Not to mention he's been using the "alien is a B movie" line as long as I can remember, so that's nothing new.

    I think when all is said and done, these films will add something to ALIEN. The only real issue here, is just an issue with Prequels in general. You really cannot appreciate ALIEN if you watch these films first. The plot developments will all fall flat. But Im actually OK with that.
    I look forward to all the fan theories about what the PROPER VIEWING SEQUENCE of the series will be in the end.
  7. SuicideDoors
    is it me or is this starting to sound more and more like a actual and complete reboot of the franchise done by mister scott himself?

    he already slammed his own original movie as a horror b-movie, and he's clearly distancing from aliens 3 and 4, and AVPs (not that i blame him),
    but though he's saying he's aiming at the origins of the alien from 1979, the more i read, the more i feel things dont add up or are even looking like
    retconning the original movie - for example, the fossilized jockey.



    He's never slammed Alien. He's recently described it as being "too posh for a horror movie" and is always gleeful speaking about it. I see where you're coming from with the rebbot angle but like HuDaFuk said, it's leading into his original movie. Just resetting our pre-conceived notions.
  8. cliffhanger
    is it me or is this starting to sound more and more like a actual and complete reboot of the franchise done by mister scott himself?

    he already slammed his own original movie as a horror b-movie, and he's clearly distancing from aliens 3 and 4, and AVPs (not that i blame him),
    but though he's saying he's aiming at the origins of the alien from 1979, the more i read, the more i feel things dont add up or are even looking like
    retconning the original movie - for example, the fossilized jockey.

  9. HuDaFuK
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    Scott describes his leading lady’s journey as “parallel” to that of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley

    Sounds worryingly like she is just going to be another Ripely rip-off.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    http://www.filmstarts.de/nachrichten/18511017.html

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    FILMSTARTS: You're more familiar with your comedic roles. How does it look at "Alien: Covenant"?

    Danny McBride: "Covenant" is definitely not a very funny movie, so I can say for sure. When I got the role, all my friends blasphemed me that I'll end up just for the funny loosening, but there is not much to laugh in "Covenant", just a bunch of people muttered. (Laughs)

    FILMSTARTS: Do you have a little Meet & Greet with the title-giving creature in the movie?

    Danny McBride: Oh yeah, I meet some of those in the film. The first thing I did when I went to Sydney was to visit the Creature Shop at 20th Century Fox Studios. It was the madness that must be the coolest job in the world, to think up something and actually to implement it. In addition to the creatures, it was also very exciting to see live copies of your colleagues with mutilated faces. (Laughs)

    FILMSTARTS: How did you prepare for the role as a pilot?

    Danny McBride: When I met Ridley to discuss my part, he told me that Tennessee was a tribute to Slim Pickens' Major Kong from Stanley Kubrick's " Dr. Strange Or: How I Learned, To love the bomb ". I watched the movie again.
  11. Enoch
    https://i.imgur.com/klYyfQJ.png

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    *CYPRESS is a symbol of the Lord of the Underworld. The cypress was first planted in cemeteries, due to a folk belief that it had the power to preserve the body from corruption. Today it is common to see cypress trees growing in a cemetery, particularly in Italy,
    The cypress tree is also associated with the Watchers or Grigori, and is a guardian tree. Because of its tall straight nature the cypress was
    often used as the tree for the Maypole, and was sacred to Maia, the May goddess. Cypress was believed to preserve the dead body from corruption.
    In the ancient Aegean/Mediterranean region the cypress was sacred to Zeus, Apollo, Venus, and Hermes. In occult imagery the cypress is sometimes pictured in art with the sun and moon on either side, symbolizing the cypress as the balance of polarity. Interestingly Swiss painter A. Bocklin used cypress as a symbol in many of his images. This plant occupied the central part of his most famous painting Isle of the Dead.

    This shrine is perhaps some kind of burial or sacrificial place to to higher gods; The following fact could support this claim -  on the top of the large shrine dome we can clearly see the opening or the oculus similar to that on Roman Parthenon. The Oculus had more reason to it than one of simple lighting. This hole in the ceiling is used for planetary observations or as a sun-dial. Advanced race would never have built such an obsolete sacral building. Instead this "primitive" shrine is dedicated to some divine presence way above the civilization presented in the movie.

    Interestingly the shape of the spherical dome resembles the shape of an eye (cornea).
    http://i.imgur.com/uuSm4UL.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/dtk2Qe5.jpg

    And golden rays. :)
    http://religionfacts.imgix.net/991/149199.png?fit=max&q=80&w=240&s=f6d3011cbd8017cf456981e6f9015011

    I know this is a bit far fetched but it was interesting.


    P.S. Note the two grand pillars, the left one is broken but nevertheless...

    http://68.media.tumblr.com/0e394a9fd8060570e94b97c6cf995adf/tumblr_ny5smoKX7n1qg20oho1_1280.jpg
  12. Enoch
    Those petrified bodies in all those positions reminded me of painting of famous
    Belgian painter Jean Delville from symbolism movement.

    https://i.imgur.com/3YAqXa2.jpg

    L’Homme-Dieu, (“Man-God”, 1903)
    oil on canvas, 500 x 500 cm. Bruges: Groeningemuseum.




    There is also a similarity with Auguste Rodin's Gates of Hell
    http://i.imgur.com/oCKox5v.jpg

    P.S. I dont believe they were petrified as a result of black goo attack... The goo do not possess such effects.
    It was some ray/laser... kind of weapon...
  13. rabidranger
    In reference to my earlier post (can't figure out how to quote!), yeah I also think Ridley means the usual suspect when he talks about who created what...

    And I don't know in which topic my following remark belongs, it's just an observation on a common misconception so I'll put it here: the remains of the people of Pompeii were not found as we know them, they are plaster casts of hollows found in the volcanic debris (which formed after the flesh decomposed, leaving only bones in the hollows). The engineer remains in Covenant are obviously based on them and in story the cause is probably something entirely different so that's fine, I just hope some character doesn't do a Prometheus and says something like "My god, they're petrified. Just like Pompeii!" when they discover them  :laugh:

    It seems to me that Scott is riffing on what happened at Pompeii in the sense that what befell this particular civilization was sudden and catastrophic (such as David doing a fly by with the black goo). Perhaps this is also meant to demonstrate what would happened to earth if the Engineer from Prometheus would have succeeded in his mission.
  14. ReluctantNerd
    In reference to my earlier post (can't figure out how to quote!), yeah I also think Ridley means the usual suspect when he talks about who created what...

    And I don't know in which topic my following remark belongs, it's just an observation on a common misconception so I'll put it here: the remains of the people of Pompeii were not found as we know them, they are plaster casts of hollows found in the volcanic debris (which formed after the flesh decomposed, leaving only bones in the hollows). The engineer remains in Covenant are obviously based on them and in story the cause is probably something entirely different so that's fine, I just hope some character doesn't do a Prometheus and says something like "My god, they're petrified. Just like Pompeii!" when they discover them  :laugh:
  15. CainsSon
    The Hall of Heads sounds really cool. Sadly, we'll probably learn nothing about it. It's frustrating, because they could've done something really epic with that and the whole engineer citadel. Instead, they focus on David and his experiments.  :-\

    I dunno if this was posted on here yet but there are now Parts 2 and 3 added to the extensive JoeBlo.com set visits.
    In Part 3 Ridley Scott talks more about the Citadel and Hall of Heads.

    http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/alien-covenant-set-visit-3-ridley-scott-billy-crudup-demian-bichir-540

    Links to Part 2 (and of course, Part 1) are on the bottom of the page.
  16. Evanus
    The Hall of Heads sounds really cool. Sadly, we'll probably learn nothing about it. It's frustrating, because they could've done something really epic with that and the whole engineer citadel. Instead, they focus on David and his experiments.  :-\
  17. CainsSon
    Guys, does any of you remember some article describing the temple and how the water was dropping from the circular opening  on the dome? That article also went describing the interior of the Halls of Heads, the sacrificial area and some stairways to other chambers?

    I read this one too. They mentioned that the water dripping from the ceiling was designed to reference/appear like the water dripping from the Cargo hold in Alien when Bret dies. I thought that sounded like a nice nod.
  18. CainsSon
    So according to Ridley:
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    That's dynamite! Unless he means it's just
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    In that case he shouldn't have had xeno-art plastered all over the walls, left over from a previous version of the plot is my guess, in Prometheus

    Ridley is the greatest public speaker. But it does sound like he is saying there is something we haven't seen yet - The CREATOR of the ENGINEERS no doubt - and perhaps this is why the xeno is created.
  19. ReluctantNerd
    So according to Ridley:
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    That's dynamite! Unless he means it's just
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    In that case he shouldn't have had xeno-art plastered all over the walls, left over from a previous version of the plot is my guess, in Prometheus
  20. Huggs
    Awesome. I'd love to see a fully grown Deacon. Looking at that pic of the corridor also has me thinking, how cool would it be to walk through that in the cinemas before seeing the movie.
  21. Enoch
    I know it's probably just a mistake but
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    I ve read in some of all those articles that we ll see many versions of aliens in Covenant. So, not only two, three, but many more. For example someone wrote somewhere that the one at the very end of the trailer is a xeno with spider attributes.
  22. Ultramorph
    I know it's probably just a mistake but
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  23. Enoch
    Guys, does any of you remember some article describing the temple and how the water was dropping from the circular opening  on the dome? That article also went describing the interior of the Halls of Heads, the sacrificial area and some stairways to other chambers?
  24. Ingwar
    Ah right, found his post on the previous page of this thread. It probably got synced into the timestamps of the other posts in this thread. Though it was probably deserving of it's own thread since it was quite informative.

    Yeah, that was my intention. Those set reports apply to many aspects of the movie like cast and characters, sets, visual effects and production design, costumes, creatures and so on. It's confusing to talk about all of this in one thread. Only my opinion. I'm not in charge here ;)

    Here is what Joblo got out of a chat with Sir Ridley Scott, Billy Crudup and Demian Bichir.

    Ridley Scott

    Quote
    The giant heads in the sacrificial/altar room are of beings that were the superiors. They were probably the ten apostles, the wise men.

    He thinks of ALIEN as a a posh horror film. He never thought of ALIEN as a horror film – it just scared the shit out of people. It was about what is real tension, what is real fear as it is very hard to scare people. So he thought he’d try and come back and do another one like that with Covenant.

    He thought that ALIEN had run its course; but then thought with that special kind of creature, it shouldn’t have run its course and should not have ended. So he’s coming back to it with a very simple idea, who created them, nobody ever asked that question, and why do they exist?

    ALIEN was about 7 guys and gals in a steel hull, which was frankly a very old idea, the spooked house and who is going to die next. It was a B movie idea but with class and a superior cast which made it an A+ film.

    They reinvented the idea of ALIEN with PROMETHEUS. And with COVENANT they are taking one step closer to who and why this thing was designed. And if you think it’s the beings represented by the giant heads in the Altar room, you’re dead wrong.

    ALIEN had a Christian protagonist, and in Covenant they also have Jews and atheists. Religions is always interesting to Ridley, because the bottom line is you’re asking the same question whether you’re an agnostic or a heathen or whatever. You’re celebrating our concern about your end.  If you’re not, you’re a liar.

    The Egyptians were obsessed with the afterlife and built their whole culture around it, which he felt was very interesting. He’d say he’s kind of agnostic, not necessarily in the sense that he believes or does not believe in God. But he thinks that there’s an alternate thought or idea of a superior entity, because we can’t be just it cause in his opinion that’s entirely ridiculous. Are we one of many? Of course we are. We are one of many, many variations of what we are right now. And NASA has conceded that, they didn't thirty years ago. Now they say it's entirely feasible. So he'd like to open that door.

    When asked why he added another Android in the film he said; "How many Mercedes Benz are there? You get a great android it's good business. Roy Batty, if he hadn't died they'd have probably would  have made a lot of Roy Batty's."

    His perception of Sci-Fi has not changed. He always tries to keep everything as real as possible. The very first knocked his socks off and was a seminal film but a "Fairie story". ALIEN was more reality based.  Blade Runner stepped into the area of urban future, and he thinks they were pretty accurate with it. With The Martian, it was wonderful  for him to work with NASA and JPL. They were very helpful and were also Sci-Fi buffs.  So when he started talking to them, he got immediate help and advice. They showed him pictures, "We’re gonna be doing this, we're gonna be doing that." They swapped notes a lot. It was a nice experience for him.


    Billy Crudup as Orum

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    He plays Christopher Orum who is the first mate and chief science officer aboard The Covenant.

    Orum is a complicated person as he struggles with his ideas of Faith as a man of science. That complication alienates him from people; he’s a very serious minded person. He doesn’t have a great sense of humor. Katherine and her husband are secularists and adventurers; folks that do this kind of job have to be pioneers in some way. And some people do that with religious fervor, others for the joy of exploration and some people do it out of curiosity. For Orum this not a lark, its an act of providence. He feels like he has a very strong sense as to why he is part of this mission.

    His character was raised in a Pentecostal household. He was treated very roughly; it’s a very penal belief system and structure. And it also has come under fire culturally for the past 20 years or so several times for leading members of the church acting in a outwardly duplicitous way. For Orum the combo of it being familiar and him wanting to reject it made him seek out his Faith, his own belief system. And as somebody that uses their mind in their occupation as a rationalist, he’s come to the conclusion there is a fairly low probability that the universe was created without some sort of creative engine. So he chooses to believe that the creative engine had at the very least some form of humanity in mind as part of an evolutionary step, some kind of being that can reflect on the majesty of the universe.

    We meet him while he’s in the process of trying to understand that. And this journey is a process of understanding for him. He believe that he’s an Agent of God in some ways, that everybody is an Agent of God is some ways, and they should celebrate the majesty of creation by celebrating life. But when you talk like that all the time, you out people off. That’s one of the reasons he’s alienated from the core group in some ways. His wife understands the complexities – you can be ostracized by the scientific community for feelings of Faith, not across the board but there is a strong driving force for Imperial evidence, so in the absence of it, many scientists say, when that comes along; I will believe with you but in the meantime lets talk about what we can experience.

    His character suffers from being alienated. He shares his internal pain with his wife (who’s a biologist) who has an appreciation for that struggle. He’ s a big-hearted person who wants to live an authentic life. His wife believes and trusts that he is a good man.

    Daniels partner is the captain and is younger than Orum who has been a part of this program for some time. And Orum had the expectations that he would be in charge of the mission but his Faith and his struggle with it was an impediment for him ascending. So that’s the source of the conflict in addition to him being self-serious and them being normal.

    His character thinks that we humans are examples of the glory of the universe, which is a direct expression of God. He is confused about souls, whether things have souls, if he has a soul. But he is excited about meeting new life forms as at the end of the road is God.

    He thinks of Walter as a tool, because he was created by man, not by God.

    Orum sees signs (like the ship being called Covenant) and they play a big part in his life.

    The Captain is named Jacob and there’s an interesting Biblical reference to him as a leader. And Orum gets a mild thrill out of that.

    Crudup responds to the creation myth in the film. Prometheus was Titan, like Zeus and all those cats. And with Covenant Ridley explores an innate desire to understand the creation of the universe, earth, humanity, culture, and art. But we take it a step further when we construct our myth as to how things work and we make them a part of what we think is a truth of our history. Hence for Ridley, - what happens when we create robots who have a kind of consciousness and they then look at us as their creator? We have now endowed ourselves with a kind of Godliness. So what happens if THEY create robots? That’s one aspect that Ridley (and him) is interested in exploring with this film.

    Ridley does a great job in many of his movies in keeping the audience at bay as to who is a good guy and who is a bad guy, who’s AI, who’s not. So he spent most of his prep time to try to create a character that would keep the audience guessing.

    It’s great fun to play archetypes but right now he’s interested in complex characters that keep the audience guessing. He’s interested in people who seem to be making poor choices in their life and through that we discover their humanity. When he read the Covenant script the character was portrayed as an antagonist. But he didn’t want to play like that. He wanted to play him as somebody who really thinks that he’s doing a great job and is so focused on that, that he is doing a horrible job at socializing and leading, but not because he’s nefarious.  He finished off by saying in a joking manner “that he’d like to play a hero sometimes” a nudge as to his typecast.


    Demian Bichir as Sergeant Lope

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    His character is in charge of the military side of the expedition, the security of the ship.

    When he watched the ALIEN films as an audience member he always thought “man I wish I could be in a film like that”. If you’re going to do Sci-Fi, do it with the best and stepping on set was part of a dream come through. Ridley is a heavyweight who surrounds himself with the best and it’s only a triple A team.

    They could have done the film on a green screen but the fact that they are there on real sets helps him as an actor greatly.

    His character's mission is to keep everyone safe, as they don’t know what they’ll find on the planet, until they do find it.

    His character is old school military. The particularity about all of it is that they are all couples on the ship – all kinds of couples. Even men and men. And for him it’s a beautiful side of the story to have; iconic macho types being together and loving each other and being part of keeping everyone alive.

    At the beginning of the film, they just lost their captain so the chain of command is challenged and anybody that is trying to make a career in the military yearn for more.  One thing that makes the expedition special is that they all depend on each other, so the more they behave, the more mature they are, it keeps them alive.

    His husband has worked under his command. It’s not a problem as they know who they are and they are trained to follow orders and ranks. But, that may raise some highbrows, but the fact that they actually though it was a good idea to put them on the same team, they are grateful for the trust, cause before partners, husbands and lovers, they are professionals. They know they can’t cross that line because it is the difference between dead or alive.

    The rest of the crew is also formed as couples, and whatever happens in the rooms is private.

    The ship is like Noah’s Arc and they aim to reproduce once on the planet.

    When he met Ridley he was just happy with the chat they had, and they ended up talking about different things aside form the film. Life, sports, love. It comes down to one single thing, we’re all the same, human beings, we’re sensitive, we can step into a museum and get moved by a painting, we all have that, whether you do it for a living or not, if you have some blood in your veins. The fact that they loved the same things in life, like the simplicity of poetry, is probably what got them together in the end. Ridley is a genius, simple as that whether people agree with him or not. So the meeting alone was great. When leaving the office he thought “f*ck, that was good”, then he thought shit “there’s a film going here” I have to get in that film. And once he got the call he was very happy.

    The Covenant crew does not know what happened on the Prometheus ship as they go on their mission. They find out about many things that didn’t go right down the road though. Surprises.

    His character deals with fear internally. He’s only spoken about being afraid with Ridley in the WAR ROOM. That is how you approach a character and you solve a problem.  It’s an interesting angle to take on cause his character is supposed to be fearless.

    He missed ALIEN in theatres when it first came out because he was busy with school, theatre and soccer.  He then had many chances to see it on BETA, laserdiscs and then DVD and he kept saying no cause he was hoping to see it on the big screen. And then he got his wish when the film was re-mastered and opened in his favorite theatre the Arclight. He went with his younger brother and best friend, they went at the Monday 11am show just so he felt it was a private screening for him. And that’s when he saw it for the first time. The first thing that came to his mind was  “okay that is why the rest of the word went crazy and why everyone loves this”

    Ridley is the kind of director that can step into any genre and do it right. He’s his own private Jules Verne. He creates worlds and planets and he’s such a nice sweet man and very funny. And he can tell horror in a very spooky way. Sometimes they are on set, they stroll in with flashlights, and it’s creepy. He can just imagine what the audience will feel. He loves Ridley’s fascination for art and his films are artwork, everything is in place. He can’t wait to see it all together.

    Film is collaboration. When you call someone to your table you don’t expect them to be quiet and eat. You expect them to comment on the dishes and the wine. And that’s what Ridley does on set.  Ridley does that on every aspect. He wants to hear what you have to say. What is it that can make this better? Bring it in! It’s beautiful. It fascinating and beautiful. And it confirms that it’s the way it should be. The way all great artists are.

    He loves to be able to play with other fantastic actors. He loves tennis. His game gets better when he plays with better players. And that’s what has been happening here. So that has been a joy for him. He considers himself to be a hermit, so when he works, he almost becames a monk. But with this group of people it's been fantastic, they had a great time in New Zealand, they have dinner and talk and talk. That is a gift.

    http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/alien-covenant-set-visit-3-ridley-scott-billy-crudup-demian-bichir-540

    Can we make separate thread about characters?

    He's another Joblo's report regarding Daniels and David/Walter (they've got their own threads):

    http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/alien-covenant-set-visit-2-michael-fassbender-katherine-waterston-more-263

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