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Alien Covenant 2 Will Focus on David & Artificial Intelligence

During the latest episode of the Empire podcast (via Screenrant), Ridley Scott was interviewed to promote Blade Runner 2049 and gave a few more details about the potential sequel to Alien Covenant. As expected, the film revolves around Michael Fassbender’s android character David.

At the end of Alien Covenant, we saw David had taken over the colony ship and was en route to Origae-6. In a sequel, it very much sounds like the Xenomorphs will take a back seat and we’ll see the world that David creates on the new planet. Skip to 54:30 in the podcast to the listen the Covenant segment.

“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one – Covenant 2”

We last heard a few months ago that 20th Century Fox were ‘reassessing‘ the future of the Alien franchise after Covenant’s disappointing box office returns. Scott continues to say he made Prometheus for a good price and it made $460 million and Alien Covenant was made for the same budget four years later and did well again. He says he’ll be working a new movie soon which he’ll reveal in a couple of weeks.

 Alien Covenant 2 Will Focus on David & Artificial Intelligence

Alien Covenant 2 will revolve more around David and less around Xenomorphs.

It’s unknown whether or not Katherine Waterston will return but the Alien Covenant 2 script has already been finished. Scott has previously said that Engineers will play a bigger role in the sequel and they will find out that their planet has been destroyed. I guess we’ll find out more news in the coming months – this all depends on whether or not Fox greenlights the project in the first place.

Thanks to Ingwar for the news.



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  1. Alex Delarge
    I have been a fan of alien since the first movie came out but since I watched the latest movie I have given up on the series and gradually thrown away or sold everything alien related. What a disappointment, :(  ???  ::)

    If Scott didn't want to make another another movie, then why didn't he just make a completely different movie? Why sign on to the Alien franchise just to turn it into something else entirely?
  2. HABIT
    Why even think about size difference? The juggernaut in Alien has even much larger halls and rooms, there wasnt any stairs, hyper sleep chambers or control panel with green energy in it. Ridley needed Engineers smaller, because now its not some creatures inside some telescope device, but the actual human actors. The fact is, that Space Jockey has mouth, teeth and eyes. . Jesus its clear enough, it meant to be an extraterrestial animal looking creature. . maybe even without any legs, and not some white looking humanoid. Is it not evident? Original Space Jockey could be propably made by CGI, it should be much bigger than Engineers and it would be a challenge for whole creative team behind the film.  :'(
    Mhm.
  3. Petr Švancara
    Why even think about size difference? The juggernaut in Alien has even much larger halls and rooms, there wasnt any stairs, hyper sleep chambers or control panel with green energy in it. Ridley needed Engineers smaller, because now its not some creatures inside some telescope device, but the actual human actors. The fact is, that Space Jockey has mouth, teeth and eyes. . Jesus its clear enough, it meant to be an extraterrestial animal looking creature. . maybe even without any legs, and not some white looking humanoid. Is it not evident? Original Space Jockey could be propably made by CGI, it should be much bigger than Engineers and it would be a challenge for whole creative team behind the film.  :'(
  4. Baron Von Marlon
    I never bought the derelict housed the massive chamber with the eggs. I always liked the theory of a facility under the ship.

    Originally the egg chamber was in a separate building, belonging to aliens who once lived on the planet.
    And the derelict belonged to other aliens who visited the planet and went to the building.
    But it was too expensive so they merged the ideas.

    The creators always said Alien is a b-movie with an a-movie budget.

    I mean that the original space jockey is huge in relation to Dallas, Lambert and Kane, as well as David and the engineers we see in Prometheus. You can see that in the long shots and the close ups. If they don't stay faithful to that, they will have failed in my book.

    It's easier to cast tall actors for Engineers, instead of using cgi to enlarge them.
    It's cheaper to build sets suitable for those taller than the average human, but not giant-sized.

    I'm sure if special effects were better and if money was no object, we had giant Engineers, giant ships, giant buildings,...
  5. Rudiger
    As SM pointed out, Alien itself already 'failed' in that regard - the SJ's a lot smaller when Dallas and Lambert get right up next to it.

    That said, I agree with you: keep the SJ/Engineer at Luke n' Jake scale, please!

    Yeah, but there was no "sinister" intent. Didn't they use children dressed in space suits for the establishing shots to enhance the illusion, and then a different model for the close ups. All that means was that the scale was off. That's just a simple continuity mistake.

    What's clear though is that the jockey is significantly larger than David (or an other human), as well as the engineers in Prometheus.
  6. Mr. Clemens
    As SM pointed out, Alien itself already 'failed' in that regard - the SJ's a lot smaller when Dallas and Lambert get right up next to it.

    That said, I agree with you: keep the SJ/Engineer at Luke n' Jake scale, please!
  7. Rudiger
    You mean the difference in Alien between actors and scale doubles depending on the shot?

    I mean that the original space jockey is huge in relation to Dallas, Lambert and Kane, as well as David and the engineers we see in Prometheus. You can see that in the long shots and the close ups. If they don't stay faithful to that, they will have failed in my book.
  8. Olde
    I never bought the derelict housed the massive chamber with the eggs. I always liked the theory of a facility under the ship. With that being said, it still could have housed the black goo like the ship in Covenant. The beacon is still active, warning of the goo, not eggs. I believe that David finds the crashed/landed ship and proceeds to transform the colonists on the Covenant into eggs or creates eggs from them. With a facility underneath, he stores them and waits for a passing ship. Just a thought.
    That could very well be the case and makes sense. After A:C but before Alien:

    David finds a planetoid (LV-426) close enough to another engineer world (either homeworld or a planet colonised by them) to lure others to his location. David buries the Covenant just below the surface and sends out a distress beacon to lure said ships onto the planetoid. He spends roughly ten or so years using the embryos and colonists on the Covenant for his experimentation, creating eggs out of most of them. An Engineer ship comes along and lands on the planet. David tests his handiwork; maybe on the engineers, maybe on Daniels and Tennessee, maybe on both. Due to unforeseen events, he eventually gets his back pushed against a wall and has seemingly no way out. He dons a space engineer suit, absorbs some black goo, and grows to roughly 20 times his size (the black goo can apparently do anything in this universe, so why the hell not?). With his superior strength, he kills anyone and everyone who stands in his way, but in one last ditch effort, the final survivor tricks him into getting facehugged. He wakes up some time later but scoffs as he believes he's immune to the facehugger's effects. However, due to the black goo, he's somehow developed DNA and is more or less a living organism capable of harboring an alien inside (as I said, the black goo is basically a writer's way to have anything happen, so why the hell not). He gets in the iconic chair and prepares to take off but a chestburster bursts from him. He makes some last words that are supposed to be poignant but make the audience roll their eyes. Fire breaks out somehow and chars his body and burns part of the ship, including the alien. The ship's distress beacon goes off automatically. In a post-credits scene, we see W-Y receive the signal and order their nearest cargo ship to investigate.

    I know it reads like fanfic, but honestly, I don't imagine the next movie really deviating all that much from the above.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    I never bought the derelict housed the massive chamber with the eggs. I always liked the theory of a facility under the ship. With that being said, it still could have housed the black goo like the ship in Covenant. The beacon is still active, warning of the goo, not eggs. I believe that David finds the crashed/landed ship and proceeds to transform the colonists on the Covenant into eggs or creates eggs from them. With a facility underneath, he stores them and waits for a passing ship. Just a thought.

    Interesting thought...so what if it crashes due to a black goo creature bursting out of the Engineer rather than an Alien? I think I could take that over it being David or other new human character.
  10. Jango1201
    I never bought the derelict housed the massive chamber with the eggs. I always liked the theory of a facility under the ship. With that being said, it still could have housed the black goo like the ship in Covenant. The beacon is still active, warning of the goo, not eggs. I believe that David finds the crashed/landed ship and proceeds to transform the colonists on the Covenant into eggs or creates eggs from them. With a facility underneath, he stores them and waits for a passing ship. Just a thought.
  11. necrotard
    The original Alien background was simple.  Cosmic ancient terror from beyond the stars or simply Lovecraftian.  With setting the creation of the Xenomorph from ???? to Alien Covenant reduces that sense of unknowing that causes us to fear it.  Making David the creator retcons the older movies and diminishes the creature.
    Well then I guess I've been watching these movies wrong for the past 20 years, because not knowing where the aliens came from never made them scarier to me.  The body horror elements and ferocity of the creatures made them scary.  That's still there no matter where they came from.

    And I don't see how David being the creator retcons anything.  All it retcons is what we assumed to be true, not what the movies actually presented as true.
  12. Baron Von Marlon
    Was that Dan O'Bannon that came up with that idea?  I meant within the context of the original movie and the themes that played out.

    a) Dan O'Bannon's Original Alien

    The facehugger soon dies and falls off the host, the inseminated creature, an animal comparable to a cow is led off to an enclosure somewhere to await the birth and the foetus develops inside.
    The host is just an incubator for the things that will ultimately emerge, eventually chewing its way out and killing its host.
    The creature, known as the chestburster is the Alien's second stage, and it simply runs about eating, mindlessly carnivorous.
    It's tremendously hungry and needs to reproduce.
    But at this stage, the creature is still controlled and nurtured by adult aliens. It grows to maturity with incredible speed, until the chestburster begins losing appendages and becomes more and more harmless.
    Finally, its bloodlust gone, the Alien becomes a mild, intelligent creature, capable of art and architecture, which lives a full , scholarly life of 200 years.

    http://alienexplorations.blogspot.be/2009/06/e-facehugger-to-adult.html
  13. Rudiger
    Well, there it is. I wish Ridley would have taken the A.I. road toward the Blade Runner universe instead, and allowed somebody else to take the Alien franchise in a direction similar to either of the first two films. Granted, we wouldn't have Prometheus, but I think it would've improved both franchises. Finishing what you started sounds good, but making a good movie is more important.

    Alien universe has androids, so A.I. is logical. Blade Runner universe has replicants, so A.I. would be illogical. If anything, Blade Runner is about A.H. (artificial humanity).



  14. Huggs
    Well, there it is. I wish Ridley would have taken the A.I. road toward the Blade Runner universe instead, and allowed somebody else to take the Alien franchise in a direction similar to either of the first two films. Granted, we wouldn't have Prometheus, but I think it would've improved both franchises. Finishing what you started sounds good, but making a good movie is more important.
  15. SM
    The original background was that it would slaughter all and sundry then settle down and become a highly intelligent being once its infant bloodlust was sated.
  16. Naissus
    The original Alien background was simple.  Cosmic ancient terror from beyond the stars or simply Lovecraftian.  With setting the creation of the Xenomorph from ???? to Alien Covenant reduces that sense of unknowing that causes us to fear it.  Making David the creator retcons the older movies and diminishes the creature.
  17. Naissus
    I just hope in the next movie we find out that David recreated the Xenomorph.  The Xenomorph, we know, being a forbidden weapon that has not been used or allowed to be used for thousands of years (Alien 1 Derelict) resulting in the complete extermination of David and any loose ends.
  18. BishopShouldGo
    RIDLEY MAKE YER SHINY SMART MOOVEE, AND THEN FOX CAN GO 'N MAKE A GOOEY TOOTHY MOOVEEEE CUZ THEY GOTTA BE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIIIIIVE.

    Prometheus had it right and almost succeeded. We all want a movie that engages the mind, but we also want to see shit blow up and some gore.
  19. BonesawT101
    I honestly wouldn't be surprised, or object to, a reboot of sorts that essentially tells the same story as the original but with different characters

    I do really enjoy Prometheus and Covenant and I am all for Ridley furthering his prequel story but essentually everyone wants the alien,  so why not give it to them 20th Century Fox?

    Why not do both?

  20. Petr Švancara
    Ridley can change his mind like every other director. Problem is, that people and fans especially are taking his words always too seriously. It would be much better if he doesnt say anything, he is super monitored for everything he says, but guess what? There are tons of directors that also change their minds, but the difference is that they dont say it in front of camera or in some discussion.
  21. SuicideDoors
    I do like that Scott is widening the goal posts but there is only so much widening you can do before it's not really an Alien film, and seeing as that's what we're all here for....

    I loved the note Covenant finished on and ideally a direct continuation of that would be cool - but at the same time, Ridley changes his mind so bloody often and his disappointing portrayal of the xenomorph in Covenant kinda has me hoping the baton is passed onto someone fresh.
  22. Rudiger
    The problem for me has always been that Alien and Aliens (by far the only two movies of any real quality), are both very small films. The "universe" doesn't lend itself to the grand themes and ideas they are now trying to explore. The fit feels forced and unnatural.
  23. Corporal Hicks
    Just what we need, a third Alien film with Aliens hardly a part of it.

    Honestly, I would have just preferred Prometheus 2: Covenant or Neomorph Covenant. I don't have any issues with films set in the Alien universe exploring other aspects of it, just don't shoehorn the Alien in like they did with Covenant. That's when the film went downhill for me.

    Just because your handling of the xenomorph was poor doesn't mean its run its course, Ridley.

    I really do think it's time for his involvement to be reduced. His so-so's outnumber his good Alien films now.

    Would be cool if David creates his own bio-mechanical structure based on Engineer technology he picked up. Along with several creatures.

    If this means David turns Origae 6 into “Planet H.R. Giger Painting” I’m in.

    As much as I'm desperate to see a return to a larger scale version of this asthetic, I'd hate for more "alien" stuff to become a product of mankind.

    In Advent, however, he's a couple of light years the other side of Zeta 2 Reticuli.

    Did Advent show spatial co-ordinates?
  24. Petr Švancara
    You can focus on AI, but there still could be some Aliens in the next movie, I dont get why most of the peple see this as a main problem. . David experimentation (perhaps on Daniels or other colonists) will produce once again a new kind of various creatures, of course there would be some Aliens in it, why these two little facehugger embryos would be even there, if we dont have any creature in the next film, huh? Jesus, use your brains guys! I love androids from Alien series since the first bloody encounter with Ash, you know. The Ash decapitated head, white blood and all this mess stuff. But the Bishop is my most favourite character at all, especially because he was super good "person". . and I love him as an actor, but since these two Androids. . I never actually thinking about how they are important for the whole Alien universe. And now I found that, that they are very important. Just think about it, we know almost nothing about human civilization in these movies, we know that humans can colonize the other planets or moons, produce some huge spaceships and vehicles, than we have our so called evil company the Weyland-Yutani, some colonial marines and thats all. . another, last and most interesting fact is, that humans can create the artifical life, and I think that, this is very important aspect of these movies, its like a cherry on top of the cake. Of course there are mainly Aliens we all like the most, but in the terms of the humans, the Androids are specials. So, Im glad that we can have some focus on David, not only because he is a villain. . but because he is the Android, and not just a regular android. Oh, and by the way. . we have AI in almost every Alien film, if not the androids, than there was also computers like "father" in Alien Ressurection, or mother from first movie. So AI is fairly common in Alien series, just dont forget that David is the main plot device for the whole experiment around the black goo etc. There is no human that can do the exact same stuff like David did in Alien Covenant, it will kill all humans that came in contact with it. Like it or not, we need the David, at least for this third part. And I dont have anything against it.
  25. BringbackJonesy!
    I will only ever look on this storyline's use of the Xenomorph, Space Jockey, Juggernaut etc. as being a kind of unrelated 'fan fiction' version of the source material compared to what was seen in ALIEN...but I truly hope that Ridley ends up getting the budget to round off this trilogy in the way he wishes.

    It didn't turn out to be the kind of 'prequel' storyline I hoped for, but I'll still look forward to Ridley's lush visuals where his conclusion to this David/Engineers 're-imagining' is concerned.

    ...and then I'll look forward to seeing whatever the next director does with this franchise.  :P
  26. Jango1201
    I personally like the idea of following David instead of a human character. Instead of seeing a hero progress through the stories we follow a villain and hopefully we get to see David's downfall.
  27. Guts
    May as well rename the series to David instead of Aliens lol

    David: Resurrection
    David 3
    Davids's
    David Covenant.

    Great Actor and he plays a interesting character.. But damn... The entire Prequel Trilogy went into all about androids.
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