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Alan Dean Foster Writing Alien: Covenant Prequel Novel, Not Sequel Novel?

Alan Dean Foster writing Alien: Covenant prequel novel, not sequel novel? Last September we revealed that Alan Dean Foster would be returning to the world of Alien literacy with a novelization of Alien: Covenant. The month after, Titan Books announced that he would also be writing a sequel novel. It looks like that may no longer be the case.

According to an update made to Alan Dean Foster’s website, he’s actually working on a prequel: “The novelization of ALIEN:COVENANT has been turned in and approved. I am working with Titan Publishing and Fox on what will be an original prequel to the film story. Sorry…no can hint (yet) at what it might contain.”

In Alan Dean Foster’s initial announcement, he mentioned that he was also working on additional “unique original material” that many assumed to be the sequel novel that was eventually announced.

A representative of Alien vs. Predator Galaxy spoke to Mr Foster who confirmed that he was only working on a prequel novel, not a sequel novel. We approached Titan Books for clarification but they were unable to comment at this time.

 Alan Dean Foster Writing Alien: Covenant Prequel Novel, Not Sequel Novel?

Will we be seeing more of Shaw and David in Alan Dean Foster’s Alien: Covenant prequel?

While we have no further details at the minute, with a ten year gap between the events of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant it’s likely Alan Dean Foster’s prequel will be visiting those earlier years and revealing what David and Shaw were up to in those intervening years.

The sequel novel is still available for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of September 26th so it’s possible the sequel is still coming but under a different author. The novelization is currently slated for release on the 23rd of May, the week after Alien: Covenant’s release.

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    Pretty much. I maybe able to share this, just checking.


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

    QuoteAs 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.
  2. 426Buddy
    Yeah im not expecting another alien film for a long time sadly. I'm thinking this will be Scotts last alien film as well (too bad because i liked covenant and i think prometheus and covenant make a nice pair). When we do get another alien film it will probably be a remake.
  3. 0321recon
    That's odd. Was hoping to pick this up. Wishful thought, would be great if they pulled it since they'll shoot some sequences from the book for Awakening, though seeing how Covenant more or less bombed, I'm not holding my breath.
  4. DorkiDori
    i got mine on pre-order the day it was announced :D im super excited to read it... currently reading thru "River of Pain" right now, bout halfway thru it (i bought all 3 books at once so i have some reading left to do lol). set the book down last night right before Newts parents are assigned to go check out the crashed Engineers ship.
  5. Samhain13
    Quote from: EJA on May 12, 2017, 08:34:46 AM
    I'm holding out hope Foster will drop some hints that David may actually have re-created the Aliens from designs left behind by the Engineers.

    If Ridley is not involved in any way with the novels and probably isn't even aware of them being made... Foster could fix any of the nonsense from Covenant, we might actually get some answers.

    I hope we get more info on the engineers.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    May 1st update from ADF's website.

    QuoteAs for ALIEN:ORIGINS, the original novel that fits chronologically between PROMETHEUS and AC, in it I hope to have been able to have added a tiny bit to the canon. As always, I work as a combination author and fan, and I think (I hope) that comes through in the finished work.
  7. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: BountyHunter on Mar 05, 2017, 11:52:16 PMSeptember 26th for the PREQUEL novel? What the hell? Why release a prequel story after the main story? You release it shortly before the movie comes out or at least at the same time as the movie. 

    Four months after? That's called dropping the ball. I hope that date is wrong.

    Just because the story's set beforehand, that doesn't mean it wouldn't still make sense to release after the film.

    What if it reveals story details that are meant to be a plot twist in the film?

    In fact, the very definition of a prequel is a story that is released later but takes place earlier.

    Quote from: Xenomrph on Mar 07, 2017, 04:26:29 AM
    Frankly I'd be surprised if it's anything other than that. I mean, backstory on the prior lives of the Covenant crew is likely not particularly interesting, or at least nowhere near as interesting as what David and Shaw did in between movies.

    More to the point, backstory on the crew members is something you'd expect to find in the novelisation of the film rather than the prequel (unless those characters are somehow important to the prequel).
  8. Xenomrph
    Quote from: Samhain13 on Mar 06, 2017, 02:32:37 PM
    Since its a prequel, it could be about David's arrival on the planet... what he was doing up until the events on Alien: Covenant.

    That would be cool.
    Frankly I'd be surprised if it's anything other than that. I mean, backstory on the prior lives of the Covenant crew is likely not particularly interesting, or at least nowhere near as interesting as what David and Shaw did in between movies.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: SM on Mar 06, 2017, 01:40:09 AM
    Film was supposed to be originally released in August.

    I'm guessing the prequel may have come out prior to this, then the novelisation would follow the film.  The change in release date may have swapped the writing and release schedules around.

    I think this is likely to be the real reason.

    As long as it gives ADF adequate time to put together a good book, I really don't mind. I'm quite looking forward to it.
  10. Russ840
    Really excited about this prequel novel. I have not long listened to the audiobook of Alien by ADF and will be listening to Aliens shortly. Really enjoyed the way he writes. Will also be great to find out what happens between Prometheus and Covenant. Assuming that is what it will be covering.
  11. Xenomrph
    'Terminator: Salvation' had prequel novels that came out well after the movie came out.

    Let's not forget River of Pain, an 'Aliens' prequel novel released decades after the movie came out. :P
  12. SM
    Film was supposed to be originally released in August.

    I'm guessing the prequel may have come out prior to this, then the novelisation would follow the film.  The change in release date may have swapped the writing and release schedules around.
  13. echobbase79
    Quote from: BountyHunter on Mar 05, 2017, 11:52:16 PM
    September 26th for the PREQUEL novel? What the hell? Why release a prequel story after the main story? You release it shortly before the movie comes out or at least at the same time as the movie. 

    Four months after? That's called dropping the ball. I hope that date is wrong.

    From a business standpoint it makes perfect sense. Fox has a lot of merchandise coming out for Covenant this May. There's toys from NECA, the official art book, and the movie novelization, and no telling what else. I guess they don't want to flood the marketplace with so much stuff. Four months is a rather long time, but again I'm thinking they want to save it for the dvd/bluray release. 

    Maybe if the movie turns to be very popular they'll bump the release date up.
  14. BountyHunter
    September 26th for the PREQUEL novel? What the hell? Why release a prequel story after the main story? You release it shortly before the movie comes out or at least at the same time as the movie. 

    Four months after? That's called dropping the ball. I hope that date is wrong.
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