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Alien: Covenant Has Wrapped Filming!

After nearly three months of shooting, Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant has officially wrapped! Last Saturday the crew celebrated with their wrap party and have started to move on to other ventures. You can find pictures from the wrap party and the crew showing of their Covenant clothing in our forums.

Alien: Covenant set decorator Lacey Malice took to Instagram yesterday to show off her crew jacket and left a lovely caption talking about her time on the film: “It’s a wrap!!! I never would have guessed this time last year as I was having the time of my life in Switzerland at the HR Giger museum I would return home to paint the exact sets that he envisioned so long ago!, it has been an amazing experience, I’ve learnt so much and made some very talented new friends.”

Some of the art crew are remaining on the film to help with design work in post-production. Now it’s up to effect companies such as Animal Logic and MPC to provide the special effects for Alien: Covenant.

A "Thank You Note" from Ridley Scott, Mark Huffam and Michael Schaefer to the crew along with a Covenant patch and jacket (better seen here). Alien: Covenant Has Wrapped Filming!

A “Thank You Note” from Ridley Scott, Mark Huffam and Michael Schaefer to the crew along with a Covenant patch and jacket (better seen here).

They made it through filming with very few leaks. Alien vs. Predator Galaxy were the first to reveal any sight of the film to the world with the location pictures from Milford Sound and the Daily Mail showed off some interesting pictures from the quarry location outside of Sydney.

Danny McBride poses with the Odd Studios (creature effects) crew. They're all sporting various Alien: Covenant clothing including a cap that includes a Xenomorph! High-resolution copy here. Alien: Covenant Has Wrapped Filming!

Danny McBride poses with the Odd Studios (creature effects) crew. They’re all sporting various Alien: Covenant clothing including a cap that includes a Xenomorph! Higher-resolution copy here.

With just over a year left before release, we now wait while post-production work begins on Alien: Covenant and the marketing campaign starts to kick in. Stick with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest!



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  1. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: windebieste on Jul 17, 2016, 11:24:30 PM
    I guess we just have to wait for the inevitable pick up shots that are always needed.  Stuff that editing can't fix.  Either way...

    No doubt. I'll be curious to hear what needs reshooting.

    Quote from: PsyKore on Jul 18, 2016, 12:16:12 AM
    I'm just hoping for the best. I'm keen for it but still cautious yet. I know we'll get a stellar movie under the right conditions, but I think there'll be some serious devastation if the movie's on par with or lower than the level set by Prometheus.

    I dread to think what it'll be like if Covenant ends up worse than Prometheus. I don't know how longer the series can keep taking subpar films.  :-\
  2. PsyKore
    I'm just hoping for the best. I'm keen for it but still cautious yet. I know we'll get a stellar movie under the right conditions, but I think there'll be some serious devastation if the movie's on par with or lower than the level set by Prometheus.
  3. windebieste
    Yah! New 'ALIEN' movie coming!   YAY!!1!.

    Just wanted to let my thinly veiled excitement out.  Especially now that principal photography has finished.  I guess we just have to wait for the inevitable pick up shots that are always needed.  Stuff that editing can't fix.  Either way...

    YAY!  ;D

    -Windebieste.
  4. Space_Dementia
    I really can not wait for this movie!! Was initially let down by Prometheus, until further viewings then my views changed and I started to appreciate the movie more when I came to understanding it more. I went in to the midnight showing in the wrong frame of mind and with the wrong expectations (even though they constantly warned us it would not be a straight up 'Alien' movie). So with covenant I feel I'll be going in now with a more open mind thanks to Prometheus. But still a little excited to see what Ridley is going to throw at us when it comes to aspects of the original movie e.g Facehuggers, chestbursters
  5. BR1XER
    Here's to hoping ALIEN is reinvigorated as a franchise and returns to its former glory then.  ;D

    I'm hoping there weren't too many deviations between the Paradise and Covenant scripts. If the former was as good as I've heard, then the more changes there were, the more chances there was a change for the worse. And don't get me started on the chance of executive meddling (FOX) dumbing down the final script.
  6. fiveways
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Jul 16, 2016, 04:18:39 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jul 16, 2016, 12:53:36 PM
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Jul 16, 2016, 01:13:25 AM
    Well, this will be the most money Fox has ever spent on an Alien movie, even more expensive than Prometheus. But I'm certain it'll still make its money back, as the trailers will show it off as the spectacle it is, and plastering "From the director of Alien and The Martian" everywhere.

    I don't think we've seen any budget info yet. Is this something your insider has told you?


    Just confirmed who is remaining from the art department to help with VFX. Wayne Haag and Steve Burg (who has done all the ship design).

    I've just heard the $150 million rumor; also a set visitor tweeted that it would be "bigger" than Prometheus. So I'm just deducing.

    Give "Fury Roads" "R" rating in the USA (and 150 million dollar budget) and the success of Deadpool, I could see Fox risking 150 million on a r-rated franchise that could be a steady source of income.  Yeah it won't be the next Force Awakens, but it could be a strong 350-450 million dollar franchise every few years before digital rights, merch, home media and all that bullshit.
  7. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: motherfather on Jul 16, 2016, 03:36:52 PM
    Put it this way - its got to be a bigger budget than Prometheus. besides, Fassbender isn't getting cheaper as an Actor, even though they may well save on payroll without Charlize Theron.

    I heard Fassbender billed the production company twice.

    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jul 16, 2016, 06:48:06 PM
    I must have missed that one. Can you remember where it came from?

    It was being bandied about on the Alien: Covenant IMDb boards (and we all know how strictly factual they are  :)) and maybe one or two other places. I was never able to track down the source though.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Jul 16, 2016, 03:00:52 PM
    Yeah, there's been rumours of a $150 million budget but nothing official has been released yet.

    I must have missed that one. Can you remember where it came from?

    Quote from: Denton Smalls on Jul 16, 2016, 04:14:57 PM
    Sorry if it's off topic but what do you think the chances are of some script drafts being made available after release?

    In my research to find out about that Palgen draft, I heard that the scripts are watermarked with who they were given to. Unless someone cares enough to write it up, I wouldn't expect to see any anytime soon.
  9. BishopShouldGo
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jul 16, 2016, 12:53:36 PM
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Jul 16, 2016, 01:13:25 AM
    Well, this will be the most money Fox has ever spent on an Alien movie, even more expensive than Prometheus. But I'm certain it'll still make its money back, as the trailers will show it off as the spectacle it is, and plastering "From the director of Alien and The Martian" everywhere.

    I don't think we've seen any budget info yet. Is this something your insider has told you?


    Just confirmed who is remaining from the art department to help with VFX. Wayne Haag and Steve Burg (who has done all the ship design).

    I've just heard the $150 million rumor; also a set visitor tweeted that it would be "bigger" than Prometheus. So I'm just deducing.
  10. Denton Smalls
    QuoteBut I heard the original Paradise Lost script, pre-Logan, was great.

    Sorry if it's off topic but what do you think the chances are of some script drafts being made available after release?

    Also, since we got Peter Briggs' unproduced AVP script, do you think we'll see Blomkamp's Alien 3.2 script eventually if it never happens as well?
  11. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jul 16, 2016, 12:53:36 PM
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Jul 16, 2016, 01:13:25 AM
    Well, this will be the most money Fox has ever spent on an Alien movie, even more expensive than Prometheus. But I'm certain it'll still make its money back, as the trailers will show it off as the spectacle it is, and plastering "From the director of Alien and The Martian" everywhere.

    I don't think we've seen any budget info yet. Is this something your insider has told you?

    Yeah, there's been rumours of a $150 million budget but nothing official has been released yet.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Jul 16, 2016, 01:13:25 AM
    Well, this will be the most money Fox has ever spent on an Alien movie, even more expensive than Prometheus. But I'm certain it'll still make its money back, as the trailers will show it off as the spectacle it is, and plastering "From the director of Alien and The Martian" everywhere.

    I don't think we've seen any budget info yet. Is this something your insider has told you?


    Just confirmed who is remaining from the art department to help with VFX. Wayne Haag and Steve Burg (who has done all the ship design).
  13. NickisSmart
    Hey, now. Prometheus is more re-watchable than Resurrection, at the very least.

    Scripts and filming, as Alien demonstrated, 40 years ago, is an organic process. Like evolution, though, the results aren't always superior. It's all random, essentially.
  14. motherfather
    I too rewatched Prometheus not so long ago. True - its not terrible, but not counting avp, Prometheus is the least re-watchable and I kind of felt like I was only sticking through the movie for the Hammerpede and the Medpod scene - then I kind of tuned out again. The engineers are actually annoying in Prometheus, whereas in Alien, their allusion was fascinating. There I've said it - Engineers don't float my boat anymore...

    Even the drab looking Alien 3 had more moments I'd want to re-watch from a storyline perspective.

    While everything sounds promising for Alien Covenant - Giger inspiration, more creatures, good budget and decent shooting time, I just hope the script delivers. In the early days, the script (and even the title of the film) has had so many reincarnations (like many movies these days). I just hope the script is gripping, the acting is of Charles Dance/Sigourney Weaver/Ian Holm/Lance Henriksen/Glenn Close calibre, and this becomes a movie that I will want to rewatch time and time again in years to come.

    Ever the eternal pessimist, I know, but somebody has to be...

  15. windebieste
    Certainly... and Fox can't afford another failing of that magnitude. 

    'Prometheus' had a few clumsy steps but at least it was heading in the right direction.  I'm hoping Scott has gained his footing with 'ALIEN: Covenant.

    -Windebieste.
  16. BishopShouldGo
    Well, this will be the most money Fox has ever spent on an Alien movie, even more expensive than Prometheus. But I'm certain it'll still make its money back, as the trailers will show it off as the spectacle it is, and plastering "From the director of Alien and The Martian" everywhere.
  17. SiL
    AvP took 170 on a 50-60 budget (making it the highest-grossing of all of the movies at the time, not adjusted for inflation), AvPR took 120 on a 40-50 budget.
  18. windebieste
    Even 'AvP-R' - critically considered to be the worst in the series - with its budget of $70m took over $170m.  Hardly a poor return on it's investment for Fox.  That also doesn't take into account DVD sales, NECA figures and any other merch, either. 

    All 'ALIEN' movies have been a success for Fox.  You might want to consider critical success a different metric in itself but even if 'ALIEN: Covenant' is so bad it manages to teach your grandmother how to suck eggs through a straw, there's a good chance the follow up movie will go into production. 

    You can bet Day One ticket sales alone are going to be strong on this item.

    -Windebieste.
  19. XENOMORPHOSIS
    After months of filming they have a lengthy post production, editing, adding cgi, adr, orchestrating the soundtrack, etc, the the marketing, teasers, trailers, promos to build up hype amoung the causal movie goers, all for a release in August of next year, possibly sooner or later domestically. The success of this film at the box office dictates whether they'll be any sequels completing a trilogy and linking to the events of the original Alien. Blomkamp and Sigourney will be busy with Gone World and the Avatar sequels so who know if they ever get to make their alternative Alien 3.
  20. Corporal Hicks
    Ridley is particularly meticulous these days and has it all planned out quite well. I wouldn't be too worried about it being 3 months. Prometheus was apparently filmed in 3 months (I honestly can't remember and am never too trusting of Wikipedia).
  21. Thomas H.
    60 to 90 days is the norm for bigger movies these days.

    I, for one, am really looking forward to this movie. I'm a big Prometheus fan, equal to Alien/Aliens. I can't wait to find out how this will expand and connect those movies even more.
  22. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: Valaquen on Jul 15, 2016, 01:53:04 PM
    Off the top of my head: Alien shot from July '78 and wrapped in winter, err, October? But model shooting went on for months afterwards. I don't think Aliens took 10 months to shoot at all. 3 months is the norm, for a typical two hour picture.

    Agreed, while Aliens certainly wasn't a smooth ride, a 10 month shoot would have put them way over budget. That 10 month figure probably includes pre-production and the visual effects work afterwards.
  23. Novak 1334
    I've slated Prometheus time and time again.  Watched it again after about six months since the last viewing and I actually enjoyed it more.  It's not the horrible movie I thought it was.  It's not great, it has a lot of problems, but it's okay.  Everything I've seen so far for Covenant has got me excited, and I love that Weyland Yutani logo
  24. NickisSmart
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jul 15, 2016, 01:55:13 PM
    Quote from: Sabres21768 on Jul 15, 2016, 01:47:06 PM
    How is it we don't have any leaked shots of the xenos?

    I'm dying to see what they look like.

    I don't think we had any leaked footage of Prometheus' creatures. Well, unless you count the trailer we got our hands on early but that was a trailer.  :laugh: I wouldn't expect to see any until the official marketing start. If any. I feel like they might want to keep the Alien hidden this time around.

    let's hope so

    *Fixed your quotes. Corporal Hicks.
  25. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Sabres21768 on Jul 15, 2016, 01:47:06 PM
    How is it we don't have any leaked shots of the xenos?

    I'm dying to see what they look like.

    I don't think we had any leaked footage of Prometheus' creatures. Well, unless you count the trailer we got our hands on early but that was a trailer.  :laugh: I wouldn't expect to see any until the official marketing start. If any. I feel like they might want to keep the Alien hidden this time around.


    Quote from: Valaquen on Jul 15, 2016, 01:53:04 PM
    I don't think Aliens took 10 months to shoot at all. 3 months is the norm, for a typical two hour picture.

    Yeah, I thought that was odd. But that's why you never trust Wikipedia.  :laugh:
  26. Valaquen
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jul 15, 2016, 10:11:19 AM
    Quote from: Xenomania on Jul 15, 2016, 09:59:16 AM
    Off-topic, but how long did it take to film the quadrilogy Alien films?

    I don't know off-hand but Wikipedia has Alien as taking about 3 and a half months, Aliens 10 months, Alien Resurrection 5, Prometheus about 3. No Alien 3 details.

    Valaquen may know better.

    Off the top of my head: Alien shot from July '78 and wrapped in winter, err, October? But model shooting went on for months afterwards. I don't think Aliens took 10 months to shoot at all. 3 months is the norm, for a typical two hour picture.
  27. FiorinaFury161
    Yeah the whole "exact sets" quote was very good to read! Hopefully it will flow/edit very well and will be on schedule for it's target release date.

    As for the Alien3 filming time, I imagine it felt like it took forever. :P
  28. Corporal Hicks
    I think they were still filming at the time they showed Prometheus off. In Iceland, if memory serves. Sounds like Covenant will be having a longer post period.

    Quote from: Look into my eye on Jul 15, 2016, 11:23:03 AM
    I like the sound of this also
    I never would have guessed this time last year as I was having the time of my life in Switzerland at the HR Giger museum I would return home to paint the exact sets that he envisioned so long ago!,

    Yeah, I really like that quote too. I really can't wait to see something of the Giger-style sets!
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