Alien Covenant

Date Released: May 19, 2017 (May 12, 2017 – UK)
Directed By:
 Ridley Scott
Written By: Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan
Certificate:
 R
Tagline:
Unknown…
Length:
123mins
Starring: 
Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudip, Demián Bichir…
Budget: 
Unknown..

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

Cast History

Noomi Rapace for Alien Covenant Alien Covenant Rumours

Noomi Rapace not returning in Alien Covenant?

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.”

The events in Alien Covenant take place 10 years after what happened in Prometheus. Michael Fassbender will be playing two androids – David on the planet and Walter who is part of the Covenant crew.

Alien Covenant Title Art Alien Covenant Rumours

Alien Covenant Title Art

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.

Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship Explosion
Milford Sound - Ship Explosion
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship Explosion
Milford Sound - Ship Explosion
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship
Milford Sound - Ship Explosion
Milford Sound - Ship Explosion
Petrified Figures
Petrified Figures
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Engineer Head
Engineer Head

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.

Post-Production

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.

Marketing

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

Introducing the Alien Covenant crew.
Introducing the Alien Covenant crew.
Creator. Creation
Creator. Creation
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And a new kind of horror was born.
And a new kind of horror was born.

News Archive

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 ()

You can full the full news archive for Alien: Covenant here.

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Comments: 27
  1. My review, as I post movie reviews to my buds on steam.

    ALIEN COVENANT: I liked it, but it was a mess indeed. To me and my friend it seemed to have been chopped to all hell. As in there is TONS of scenes they outright removed that will be added into a directors cut to bank on sales on bluray/digital. Literally entire segments of the story were just flat out MISSING from the film, as though they were removed purposefully.

    other than that, I liked it all except for “WHAT THE FUCK WERE THOSE TWO HAVING SEX FOR AFTER EVERTYHING THAT JUST HAPPENED AND WAS STILL GOING ON? The scene made no sense, as though it belonged earlier in the film before anyone was aware of a threat. The shower scene was just plain stupid and did not belong in the film at all. They should have killed those two characters off individually in seperate scenes.

    oh and what happened to the OTHER neomorph? the fuck did the thing go?

    summary, a total mess that will be most likely fixed to a degree with directors cut and a couple of stupid scenes that didnt belong and a lame climax. i will slap covenant with a coveted 6/10, better than prometheus, imo. that fassbender is one helluva captivating actor and there are some truly “profound” scenes involving him that paint a dark picture of the universe and the purpose of life….in general…..it hits you hard.

    also, “offscreen kills” i think there was literally like 5 of them. each of which have to be SHOWN in the directors cut. also, there were scenes where ridley’s “panning shots” literally seemed FAST FORWARDED by some FOX editor dude….to speed up the process. the whole film seemed like FOX fast forwarded the whole thing to cut it to exactly 2 hours. it was a HUGE FOX BLUEPRINT ALL OVER THE FILM. thats what i mean to say. Fox producers seem to be at fault here….mainly. and thats all i got. cheers guys.


  2. Just came back from seeing alien covenant this movie really got me pissed off there’s a lot to like in the movie but damm are these are some of the dumbest characters in the aliens film’s and that ending don’t get me started must give it another viewing 7 out of ten maybe 6


  3. Just came back from seeing alien covenant this movie really got me pissed off there’s a lot to like in the movie but damm are these are some of the dumbest characters in the aliens film’s and that ending don’t get me started must give it another viewing 7 out of ten maybe 6


  4. OMG, YOU GUYS!!! Is started already!!! Hope you got tickets and an airbag when you go in the theaters to watch it!


  5. i LOVE THE aliens movies also i’v seen the old movies of aliens too and I love them I want them to make another movie after they make aliens covenant


  6. Is it just me or is the countdown not accurate. For me it says ‘1 month 0 week 1 day 9 hours …’
    Today is March 22nd and the release is on May 19. Am I missing something?


  7. I’m hoping the Xeno egg shown briefly in the AC trailer is in fact Dr. Shaw who has been morphed in a manner somewhat similar to Brett in the DC version of Alien. If so, her Face Hugger will most likely implant a queen Xeno.


  8. They should definitely bring Predator into it. There was a predator in the ship in the first movie, sneaking around when Janek went to get Milburn and Fifield. You can see its triangular laser sight if you watch closely, and hear it stalking in the background.

    Most people just dismiss it as a lens flare, but I think it was cool and I doubt it was accidental considering.


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