Date Released: May 19, 2017 (May 12, 2017 – UK)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudip, Demián Bichir…
Alien Covenant is the upcoming sequel to 2012’s Prometheus and prequel to 1979’s Alien, and will be directed by Ridley Scott. The script was written by Jack Paglen and later rewritten by Michael Green. In September 2015, Ridley Scott announced that the title of Prometheus 2 was Alien: Paradise Lost but in November 2015, Fox announced the title as Alien Covenant. In February 2015, Fox had changed the release date to August 4, 2017. In November 2016, the studio changed the release date again to May 19, 2017.
Alien: Covenant Cast
Michael Fassbender … David / Walter
Billy Crudip … Oram
Demián Bichir … Lope
Katherine Waterston … Daniels
Danny McBride … Tennessee
Carmen Ejogo … Karine
Jussie Smollett … Ricks
Amy Seimetz … Faris
Callie Hernandez … Upworth
Alexander England … Ankor
Benjamin Rigby … Ledward
Nathaniel Dean … Hallett
Uli Latukefu … Cole
Tess Haubrich … Rosenthal
Guy Pearce … Peter Weyland
Noomi Rapace … Elizabeth Shaw
James Fracno … Branson
In February 2013, Noomi Rapace stated they she’d like to return for a sequel if they find the right story.
“They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will. And it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations and for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue. I would love to do it.” Noomi Rapace
In November 2014, Ridley Scott confirmed that Noomi Rapace would be returning briefly. In December 2015 it was announced that Katherine Waterston had been cast as a lead character named Daniels who is rumoured to be Ripley’s mother. In February 2016, it was reported that Danny McBride is in talks for a role in Alien Covenant. It was also reported that Demian Bichir would be joining the cast as the head of ship security. Deadline reported that Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smolett and Callie Hernandez had been cast. By the end of February, Australian actors Alex England and Benjamin Rigby had also been cast. It was also reported that Bill Crudup was in negotiations to play a role. Guy Pearce also returns as Peter Weyland from Prometheus in a flashback sequence. In December 2016, we exclusively reported that James Franco will have a role in Alien Covenant.
Alien: Covenant Storyline
It was rumoured that 20th Century Fox were finding it difficult coming up with a story to continue with Noomi Rapace’s Shaw character. Writer Jack Paglen penned the sequel and by March 2014, it was reported that writer Michael Green (Green Lantern) had been brought aboard to re-write his original draft for Prometheus 2. John Logan was then brought on to rewrite the script again.
The story of Alien: Covenant was said to see Shaw and David go to the Engineer’s homeworld and find out why and how they created the xenomorphs. The story will have connections to Ripley and Giger’s original xenomorph will return. In November 2015, Fox released the plot synopsis for the Prometheus sequel, now titled Alien Covenant. Covenant is the name of a colony ship that comes across a planet that contains David as its only inhabitant.
“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.”
Alien Covenant Production
Alien: Covenant will be filming in Sydney, Australia and Milford Sound in New Zealand in late March 2016/early April 2016. It was revealed that Michael Fassbender will be filming for 16 weeks.
“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.” Ridley Scott
At the end of March, the first on location pictures in South New Zealand were released online, showing set construction at the foot of Mitre Peak.
In May 2016, the first official behind-the-scenes picture was released showing Katherine Waterston as Daniels sitting in a ship.
After nearly three months of shooting, Alien Covenant officially wrapped in July 2016.
The Creatures: Neomorphs
Alien Covenant will not feature any of the creatures we saw in Prometheus. Instead, we’ll get new versions of the Xenomorphs we know and love but the old classic Xenomorph will still appear too. In October 2016, AvPGalaxy posted an exclusive report regarding the new creatures – the Neomorphs that will feature in Alien Covenant. These Aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the black liquid. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed. The Neomorphs have a white colouration, with a pointed head and two dorsal spines. Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from Alien 3.
A few days after our report, various images of the new creatures leaked out showing various forms of a Xenomorph, a Facehugger and Alien Eggs. These are supposed to be precursors to the classic Xenomorphs that appeared in the Alien series.
In February 2016, it was announced that Harry Gregson-Williams would be composing the score for Alien Covenant but in November 2016, he announced that due to scheduling conflicts, he wouldn’t be doing the score. In December 2016, it was announced Jed Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed) will be composing the score. The film’s run time is 123 minutes.
Alien Covenant Rating
Ridley Scott confirmed in January 2016 that Alien Covenant will be aiming for a ‘Hard R’ rating. Prometheus was also R-Rated though it was a very tame R Rating compared to other Alien movies. In April 2017, Alien Covenant was officially given a R rating.
20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Alien Covenant on Christmas Day.
You can have a read of our Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown where we go through each scene.
In February 2017, Fox released a prologue scene that won’t appear in the final movie.
The final trailer was released:
In April 2017, a new prologue scene featuring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender was released show what happened to them between Prometheus and Alien Covenant.
Alien Covenant Production Stills
Ridley Scott Talks Alien: Covenant Test Screenings – 20 Minutes of Footage Removed ()
VFX Supervisor Charley Henley Talks Working on Alien: Covenant ()
Luma Pictures Talk Alien: Covenant Special Effects ()
Ridley Scott Explains Why The Engineers Wanted To Kill Mankind & David’s Motives ()
The Sounds on Set of Alien: Covenant – New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette with Adam Savage ()
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