Following Alien: Covenant’s big impact at SXSW last weekend, we’re still seeing more information being released! Talking recently to Vanity Fair, Sir Ridley Scott has spoken about the opening scenes of Alien: Covenant.
“We start Covenant,” he continues, ”with a really clever prologue that settles—once and for all—who David really is.” The sequence begins on a “big beautiful blue eye—you see every vein” and over that shot audiences will hear footsteps approach. “How do you feel?” a voice asks. “Alive,” the owner of the eye responds. Scott explains that the prologue reveals Guy Pearce’s Prometheus character, Peter Weyland, as a younger, 40-year-old man (Pearce wore heavy old-age make-up for the 2012 film) whom the newly-born David calls “father.” Scott promises this sequence will “really get people going because it’s fucking smart for a change.”
If you think that sounds familiar, you’re not wrong. Back in October 2016, Alien vs. Predator Galaxy revealed the details of this opening sequence when we announced that Guy Pearce would be returning for Alien: Covenant. We’ve also saw brief parts of this opening scene in the very first trailer.
Some fans have noticed some aesthetic similarities to 2001: A Space Odyssey in that briefly glimpsed sequence in the trailer and the latest #MeetWalter viral marketing. This is no coincidence:
“Scott drew inspiration from a viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey when, he says, as a young man he “gawped and gawped” at Hal’s famous, unblinking red lens. “You see nothing but the eye” of this creature, Scott marveled.”
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