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Alien: Covenant – Origins Synopsis Released!

In addition to writing the novelization of Alien: Covenant (check out our review of it here! In short, go buy it), we’ve known for a while that Alan Dean Foster would also be writing a prequel novel.

Thanks to the good folk over at Titan Books for providing us with the synopsis, we now have our first insight into what the prequel, titled Alien: Covenant – Origins, will have in store for us!

“As the colony ship Covenant prepares for launch, and the final members of the crew are chosen, a series of violent events reveal a conspiracy to sabotage the launch. Yet the perpetrators remain hidden behind a veil of secrecy. The threat reaches all the way up to Hideo Yutani—the head of the newly merged Weyland-Yutani Corporation—when his daughter is kidnapped. Is the conspiracy the product of corporate espionage, or is it something even more sinister?

While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife Daniels prepare the ship, Security chief Dan Lopé signs a key member of his team, and together they seek to stop the technologically advanced saboteurs before anyone else is killed, and the ship itself is destroyed in orbit.”

 Alien: Covenant - Origins Synopsis Released!

Alien: Covenant – Origins will feature Hideo Yutani as the head of the newly merged Weyland-Yutani corporation.

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy will chatting to Alan Dean Foster about his work on the novelization and the prequel later this week. We’ll also be revealing the cover art for Alien: Covenant – Origins so keep checking back in with us for more information on the novel! Alien: Covenant – Origins will be available for pre-order on Amazon shortly.

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  1. Samhain13
    I wonder if there will be any Aliens in this novel?
    How could there be?

    They could do the same as the recent comics, just pull some ship or planet with aliens in out of nowhere. Wouldn't be the first time they did that in EU, but in this case would probably be the goo creatures instead of aliens. Also the novel is a prequel to the other novel, not the movie, so the aliens weren't created by David in this continuity.
  2. Xenomrph
    I wonder if there will be any Aliens in this novel?
    How could there be?

    While the synopsis may seem underwhelming to some, I really think fans of the Alien Universe in general should give it a chance. This is most likely a gateway product, safely attatched to the movie yet going in unexpected directions, and may lead to us getting more content outside the usual genre that could greatly expand the universe.
    With Aliens: Bughunt we've seen that there are writers out there with a desire to use this universe as a canvas for stories. Personally I'd like to see more in that vein and for that to happen we need to show the suits and ties that there are fans who will buy into things that aren't quite as "Alien" as we may be used to. Also, A D Foster deserves some credit. I'm sure he'll make the best of the subject matter. :D
    Well yeah, at this stage we're literally judging a book by its cover. :P

    It's like the initial reactions to 'Alien: Out of the Shadows' before it came out. That plot synopsis really didn't do the book any favors, even if the end product made the best of what the author was given.

  3. Kurai
    While the synopsis may seem underwhelming to some, I really think fans of the Alien Universe in general should give it a chance. This is most likely a gateway product, safely attatched to the movie yet going in unexpected directions, and may lead to us getting more content outside the usual genre that could greatly expand the universe.
    With Aliens: Bughunt we've seen that there are writers out there with a desire to use this universe as a canvas for stories. Personally I'd like to see more in that vein and for that to happen we need to show the suits and ties that there are fans who will buy into things that aren't quite as "Alien" as we may be used to. Also, A D Foster deserves some credit. I'm sure he'll make the best of the subject matter. :D
  4. Samhain13
    This new synopsis is really underwelming. Inwas really hoping for more Shaw and David
    Ditto. This summary sounds about as exciting as the "origins" of how the Nostromo crew got assigned to the Nostromo.

    That's an awesome idea!!  Be hilarious to read about Parker going for drinks with Brett and hearing Ridley say goodbye to Amanda!
    Since apparently this Covenant prequel novel can be fully realized, I wouldn't be surprised if a book like that got published. If you want "conflict" in the plot, you can explore how/why Ash was swapped onto the crew at the last minute, the formation of Special Order 937, etc.

    A "prequel" novel I actually would like to see is one that explores the Ripley cloning project on the Auriga leading up to 'Alien Resurrection'. The genesis of the project, the 7 failed attempts (and whatever they took out of Ripley 7 that evidently wasn't good enough), I think there's a lot of room there for an interesting story and a good number of memorable characters (Wren, Gedimen, Perez).

    Personally I think they should use their time and money on new material that could expand the franchise and that would involve the creatures more, most prequels don't tend to add much since we already know how it will end and sometimes end up retconing stuff, still a story involving the 10 years of David on that planet would have been much better, we know how it ends but we could have gotten much more info on the aliens and the engineers...
  5. Xenomrph
    This new synopsis is really underwelming. Inwas really hoping for more Shaw and David
    Ditto. This summary sounds about as exciting as the "origins" of how the Nostromo crew got assigned to the Nostromo.

    That's an awesome idea!!  Be hilarious to read about Parker going for drinks with Brett and hearing Ridley say goodbye to Amanda!
    Since apparently this Covenant prequel novel can be fully realized, I wouldn't be surprised if a book like that got published. If you want "conflict" in the plot, you can explore how/why Ash was swapped onto the crew at the last minute, the formation of Special Order 937, etc.

    A "prequel" novel I actually would like to see is one that explores the Ripley cloning project on the Auriga leading up to 'Alien Resurrection'. The genesis of the project, the 7 failed attempts (and whatever they took out of Ripley 7 that evidently wasn't good enough), I think there's a lot of room there for an interesting story and a good number of memorable characters (Wren, Gedimen, Perez).
  6. SM
    Oh wow totally forgot about the literature forum... hi guys. Short of it all, I take Awaking is saying "Engineers on Earth".

    Maybe. I'll need an interesting twist like that to make me really care at this point. I'll still buy it, but I'm not enthusiastic anymore. Why call it Origins? Was it originally supposed to be about David and Shaw but Ridley Alien 5-ed it and said no?

    'Origin' of things that happened before the Covenant leaves Earth.
  7. Perfect-Organism
    I love Alan Dean Foster's novels and I'm very excited and anxious to read what he has done with
    this Covenant prequel novel. I never thought I'd say this but I have really lost faith in Ridley and the universe.
    He keeps making major mistake after major mistake and worse yet, flip flopping.
    Nothing he says can be trusted anymore it seems.

    When he shot PROMETHEUS, he said he doesn't think he'll ever not shoot in 3D again and that it opens
    up even dialog scenes and makes them better. When he shot PROMETHEUS, he had the sense to see
    that the CGI Fifield looked like a cartoon so he opted for the real version. He also has constantly said that
    CGI looks fake, explosions are too big to be believed, etc. - So what does he do?!?!
    He shoots ALIEN COVENANT in 2D and with barely any actualy real creature f/x, just a bunch of cartoon
    creatures hopping and dancing their way through another cgi shitfest.

    SO... I am very much hoping to at least read a decent novel and get some of the old flavoring back
    on my taste buds of what's actually good about the series. It seems to me that almost everyone but
    Ridley is an ALIEN fan. Ridley, however, seems like he's trying to erase his legacy. Everything cool
    about ALIEN he runs from, fearing repeating himself or whatever, instead of just doing what works.

    Everything cool about Alien, is Aliens.  Ridley Scott is running away from that as if it were a. Xenomorph chasing him.  He is all about securing his own legacy at this point.  He already stated that the only films he likes in the series are his own.  He doesn't seem to care about someone else's work even if it was superb.  I get the sense that he is on the verge of throwing James Cameron's film under the bus.  Marbles.  Missing.  Presumed lost.
  8. MnTd
    I love Alan Dean Foster's novels and I'm very excited and anxious to read what he has done with
    this Covenant prequel novel. I never thought I'd say this but I have really lost faith in Ridley and the universe.
    He keeps making major mistake after major mistake and worse yet, flip flopping.
    Nothing he says can be trusted anymore it seems.

    When he shot PROMETHEUS, he said he doesn't think he'll ever not shoot in 3D again and that it opens
    up even dialog scenes and makes them better. When he shot PROMETHEUS, he had the sense to see
    that the CGI Fifield looked like a cartoon so he opted for the real version. He also has constantly said that
    CGI looks fake, explosions are too big to be believed, etc. - So what does he do?!?!
    He shoots ALIEN COVENANT in 2D and with barely any actualy real creature f/x, just a bunch of cartoon
    creatures hopping and dancing their way through another cgi shitfest.

    SO... I am very much hoping to at least read a decent novel and get some of the old flavoring back
    on my taste buds of what's actually good about the series. It seems to me that almost everyone but
    Ridley is an ALIEN fan. Ridley, however, seems like he's trying to erase his legacy. Everything cool
    about ALIEN he runs from, fearing repeating himself or whatever, instead of just doing what works.
  9. Lonely Universe
    I prefer this angle. Shaw's story deserves to end on the big screen.

    I'm always interested in more company aspects anyway. It's a waste of potential to always exhibit WY as some faceless evil operating behind the scenes when they could be so much more.
  10. Nightmare Asylum
    Nah I'm sure we will. I mean Covenant already gives us enough to know, but I understand the desire to have it visualized/explained more explicitly.

    It is a story that might be better suited for a comic/graphic novel, anyways, where we can really see everything weird and strange that transpires in their voyage.
  11. The Eighth Passenger
    But haven't there been stories about this Awakening thing that would feature David and Shaw?  Or was that mooted to be a Covenant sequel and not a prequel?

    No-one really knows, I'm afraid. We've not had any straight forward information on what Awakening is yet.

    Scott originally said that the next film would be a prequel to Alien: Covenant called Awakening. A lot of people assumed that the story would naturally follow the events with David and Shaw before the Covenant arrived. In a later interview Riddles said that Awakening was to have been the title of Blomkamp's stalled project.

    So yeah, lots of confusion regarding this.
  12. Nightmare Asylum
    Don't much care for the backstory on the characters, but backstory/origins on WY (and perhaps hints about just how much the company knows) is something that has intrigued me for a long time. Wish it wasn't a generic kidnapping plot (or so it seems) but I'm in just for the tidbits on the company and the corporate espionage.

    Still bummed that this isn't a Shaw/David but at least that means that that story remains open to being told in a more visual form (if not a film, perhaps a comic/graphic novel).
  13. hollypops
    well that was a disappointment -why would anyone want to read the back story of characters nobody were even interested in the first place.
    Was really looking forward to this after reading the Covenant novel -but I'll pass on this :-
  14. Scorpio
    Pretty much. I maybe able to share this, just checking.

    Will be sharing it to the website shortly. Synopsis is here -

    Quote
    As the colony ship Covenant prepares for launch, and the final members of the crew are chosen, a series of violent events reveal a conspiracy to sabotage the launch. Yet the perpetrators remain hidden behind a veil of secrecy. The threat reaches all the way up to Hideo Yutani—the head of the newly merged Weyland-Yutani Corporation—when his daughter is kidnapped. Is the conspiracy the product of corporate espionage, or is it something even more sinister?

    While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife Daniels prepare the ship, Security chief Dan Lopé signs a key member of his team, and together they seek to stop the technologically advanced saboteurs before anyone else is killed, and the ship itself is destroyed in orbit.

    I'm recording our interview with ADF on Thursday for release ASAP and Titan should be sending over the cover art for this when they've settled on a final one.

    Sounds interesting.  Good to be getting some backstory on Daniels and Branson, the Covenant launch and Yutani.  I'll be reading this for sure. 

    Would like to know what happened with Shaw and David as well, but there are enough clues in the movie, they don't need to spell it out.
  15. dlb
    Sweet synopsis! Absolutely nothing in it for me to give any thought to. I hated Daniels and I'm certainly not eager to learn about any sabotage that in the end didn't come to fruition.

    It can only get worse by having David's and Shaw's story in it via small but highly unsatisfying little chapters loosely connected to the main story.

    This way they can argue that their journey we all want to know so much more about has been discussed already and there is absolutely no need to get back to this and be done with Covenant, if there shouldn't be a sequel due to the mediocre box office earnings.
  16. HuDaFuK
    I'm guessing this book constitutes the "unique original material... an unusual approach that's never been tried before in a novelization" that Foster was talking about back when the novelisation proper was announced? Because nothing in the actual novelisation really fits that bill.
  17. Corporal Hicks
    But haven't there been stories about this Awakening thing that would feature David and Shaw?  Or was that mooted to be a Covenant sequel and not a prequel?

    No-one really knows, I'm afraid. We've not had any straight forward information on what Awakening is yet.

    I can understand why folk are disappointed - we expected the novel to fill in the gaps about David and Shaw. Maybe they still will? Who knows. But it's ADF and he's writing something different in the Alien-verse. I'm 100% giving it a go.
  18. Nightmare Asylum
    I'm disappointed (and shocked) that this isn't a Shaw and David story but I was also a tad disappointed the film didn't get into the company angle a bit more (namely the merger) so I'm definitely willing to roll with this if it's done well.

    Still hope Shaw and David's tale is still told some day though.  Maybe as a comic.
  19. Samhain13
    But haven't there been stories about this Awakening thing that would feature David and Shaw?  Or was that mooted to be a Covenant sequel and not a prequel?

    I heard about that ALIEN:Awakening thing, first I saw it being said to be a prequel to Alien:Covenant, whenever it was referring to this novel or some movie prequel I don't know, then others said it was the name of the sequel to Covenant and that the script was already on works, in the end... just rumors.

    Maybe David told all there was to tell in the film.

    Well, that would be disappointing, but whatever.
  20. SM
    But haven't there been stories about this Awakening thing that would feature David and Shaw?  Or was that mooted to be a Covenant sequel and not a prequel?

    Maybe David told all there was to tell in the film.
  21. Samhain13
    I don't think that anyone official ever said the novel would be about David and Shaw.

    We felt that was implied. I mean it's a prequel of Alien: Covenant, there is a gap between Prometheus and Covenant so thats where I was hoping this novel would focus on. And since its an alien novel I thought it would focus on alien/engineer related stuff which would be about David since he is doing his thing on the engineers planet.
  22. XENOMORPHOSIS
    Hmm interesting, much rather the novel center on David and Shaw's arrival to paradise and the experiments he delves in to create the eggs.

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