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Author Topic: Michael Fassbender Talks Working On Alien: Covenant - "It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements"  (Read 22667 times)

Corporal Hicks
May 15, 2016, 05:31:26 AM
Topic on: May 15, 2016, 05:31:26 AM

Michael Fassbender talks Alien: Covenant in a new interview with the Inquirer. He’s currently in Sydney filming Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant but that isn’t stopping Michael Fassbender from getting in on the fun with the X-Men: Apocalypse press rounds! Talking to the Inquirer about his work on X-Men, he also talks a little about Alien: Covenant.

“There are going to be great sets and aliens coming out of people,” Michael promised about Ridley’s “Covenant,” the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that started with “Prometheus.”

“It’s amazing to watch Ridley work. I try to soak up as much knowledge as I can from him, because having worked on this kind of films a few times and having seen how many moving parts there are, how many people work on the set and how many departments need attention and the language, he’s an absolute master.”

Michael Fassbender talks Alien: Covenant - "It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner."

Michael Fassbender talks Alien: Covenant – “It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner.”

While Fassbender doesn’t dish any specific details about the upcoming film, he does talk a little about the sets on Alien: Covenant, insinuating that the film wont look as pristine as Prometheus did:

“The sets are fantastic. Again, the most impressive sets I’ve seen since ‘Prometheus,’ which was the original setting. It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner.’

“You have this futuristic world where people are eating noodles, because that seems to be the cheaper food and something that will fill you up. But it’s also something that harks back to the past. The weaving of those two things—past and future—together makes for an interesting world that we can aspire to, but also recognize something in it.”

Considering that a frequent complaint about Prometheus is how the technology in the prequel looks more advanced than anything we eventually see in the main Alien series, I’m sure this news will be most welcome to a lot of fans.

You can check out the whole interview over at Inquirer where he also talks about X-Men and Assassain’s Creed. Thanks to Stolen for the news.

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426Buddy
May 15, 2016, 12:28:21 PM
Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016, 12:28:21 PM
Interesting info... I feel like Fassbender is aware of what many people didn't like about Prometheus. Just get that feeling from his comments on aliens coming out of people and the environments.


FiorinaFury161
May 15, 2016, 12:38:13 PM
Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 12:38:13 PM
"...the same way Ridley did 'Blade Runner'."

Hmmm. Interesting.


Enoch
May 15, 2016, 12:46:27 PM
Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 12:46:27 PM
Michael Fassbender is terrific actor.
His David is very sinister and mysterious character. Certanly one of the best in whole
Alien/Blade Runner universe. I cant wait to see what he ll do in Covenant.


Smash!
May 15, 2016, 01:10:16 PM
Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 01:10:16 PM
Sorry for my Language, I'm from Europe, Czech Republic.
Thing I want to say is, that I really don't understand from where this so called Xenomorphs come from? I mean, that Engineer planet has a nature, lakes and stuff like that. I really don't expect that this Aliens should just walk on the grass somewhere on that planet, it's a strange idea.
It's more like you imagine some sort of dinosaurs somewhere on the jungle, instead of actual Xenomorphs. You know what I mean? Yea, for sure, if he talks bout that sets, he basically mean indoor locations, similar to Prometheus. But, then again, I ask myself if all these Xenomorphs are somewhere hidden, perhaps imprisoned. Then where they are? And if they escape in some moment from any of that mentioned engineer structures, what they do?
I'm really surprised how Ridley solve this imagination, becauce that planet (basically New Zeland atmosphere) has a beautiful nature, It seems that our Xenomorphs not entirely fit in this atmosphere, so my question is, if we see them only inside some structures, or even outside on the daylingt, because that idea is really strange, don't you think?
And in other words, I don't think that Aliens need a roof over their heads, so why keep them only inside, they want to go where they want to.
The problem itself is, that we never see an Alien somewhere on the nature, on te jungle or anywhere where it looks nice and natural. It's gonna be a really, really interesting.


KiramidHead
May 15, 2016, 03:48:20 PM
Reply #5 on: May 15, 2016, 03:48:20 PM
Not a lot to go on with Covenant here. I wonder what Fassbender learned from Ridley while working on The Counselor. :laugh:

"So, um, Ridley, what exactly is my character doing again?"

*massive puffs of cigar smoke* "Well, I can't tell from this mess of a script either, but I think it has something to do with greed."

"Um, okay." :laugh:


The Eighth Passenger
May 15, 2016, 03:57:36 PM
Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 03:57:36 PM
It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner.
You have this futuristic world where people are eating noodles, because that seems to be the cheaper food and something that will fill you up. But it’s also something that harks back to the past. The weaving of those two things—past and future—together makes for an interesting world that we can aspire to, but also recognize something in it.”

This is music to my ears Corporal.

It's also a good way of future proofing your film. Blade Runner is set in the 1940's as much as it is set in 2019. And after 35 years the film hasn't really dated because it takes place in a unique, almost fantastical world.


Stolen
May 15, 2016, 04:27:03 PM
Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 04:27:03 PM
Not a lot to go on with Covenant here. I wonder what Fassbender learned from Ridley while working on The Counselor. :laugh:

I can't let say that  ;D. I think The Counselor is a great movie and also thanks to the excellent work of McCarthy. The dialogues are wonderful. The narrative is surprising, great actors, great execution of Scott and it's a damn good movie!
In a sense, this is the mirror movie of Blade Runner. Except it does not happen in the future. Fassbender's character also reminds me Deckard in Blade Runner.

Otherwise Fassbender seems to appreciate filming with Scott (especially in the best sets of industry). Obviously quite exciting.


Giger Beast
May 15, 2016, 06:01:25 PM
Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 06:01:25 PM
<p>Michael Fassbender talks Alien: Covenant in a <a href="http://entertainment.inquirer.net/194809/michael-fassbender-on-assassins-creed-alien-apocalypse" target="_blank">new interview with the Inquirer</a>. He’s currently in Sydney filming Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant but that isn’t stopping Michael Fassbender from getting in on the fun with the X-Men: Apocalypse press rounds! Talking to the Inquirer about his work on X-Men, he also talks a little about Alien: Covenant.</p><p><em>“There are going to be great sets and aliens coming out of people,” Michael promised about Ridley’s “Covenant,” the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that started with “Prometheus.”</em></p><p><em>“It’s amazing to watch Ridley work. I try to soak up as much knowledge as I can from him, because having worked on this kind of films a few times and having seen how many <span id="itxthook2p" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxtnowrap"><span id="itxthook2w" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxtnowrap itxtnewhookspan">moving </span></span>parts there are, how many people work on the set and how many departments need attention and the language, he’s an absolute master.”</em></p><div id="attachment_32604" style="width: 710px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-32604" src="http://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/150516_01.jpg" alt="Michael Fassbender talks Alien: Covenant - "It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner." Michael Fassbender Talks Alien: Covenant - "><p class="wp-caption-text">Michael Fassbender talks Alien: Covenant – “It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner.”</p></div><p>While Fassbender doesn’t dish any specific details about the upcoming film, he does talk a little about the sets on Alien: Covenant, insinuating that the film wont look as pristine as Prometheus did:</p><p><em>“The sets are fantastic. Again, the most impressive sets I’ve seen since ‘Prometheus,’ which was the original setting. It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner.’</em></p><p><em>“You have this futuristic world where people are eating </em>noodles,<em> because that seems to be the cheaper food and something that will fill you up. But it’s also something that harks back to the past. The weaving of those two things—past and future—together makes for an interesting world that we can aspire to, but also recognize something in it.”</em></p><p>Considering that a frequent complaint about Prometheus is how the technology in the prequel looks more advanced than anything we eventually see in the main Alien series, I’m sure this news will be most welcome to a lot of fans.</p><p><a href="http://entertainment.inquirer.net/194809/michael-fassbender-on-assassins-creed-alien-apocalypse" target="_blank">You can check out the whole interview over at Inquirer </a>where he also talks about X-Men and Assassain’s Creed. Thanks to Stolen for the news.</p><p><a href="http://www.avpgalaxy.net/?p=32603">Link To Post</a>

The mention of noodles really reminds me of the Nostromo and its space truckers.

Next summer can't come fast enough!!!


Astronoë
May 15, 2016, 07:05:41 PM
Reply #9 on: May 15, 2016, 07:05:41 PM
Sorry for my Language, I'm from Europe, Czech Republic.
Thing I want to say is, that I really don't understand from where this so called Xenomorphs come from? I mean, that Engineer planet has a nature, lakes and stuff like that. I really don't expect that this Aliens should just walk on the grass somewhere on that planet, it's a strange idea.
It's more like you imagine some sort of dinosaurs somewhere on the jungle, instead of actual Xenomorphs. You know what I mean? Yea, for sure, if he talks bout that sets, he basically mean indoor locations, similar to Prometheus. But, then again, I ask myself if all these Xenomorphs are somewhere hidden, perhaps imprisoned. Then where they are? And if they escape in some moment from any of that mentioned engineer structures, what they do?
I'm really surprised how Ridley solve this imagination, becauce that planet (basically New Zeland atmosphere) has a beautiful nature, It seems that our Xenomorphs not entirely fit in this atmosphere, so my question is, if we see them only inside some structures, or even outside on the daylingt, because that idea is really strange, don't you think?
And in other words, I don't think that Aliens need a roof over their heads, so why keep them only inside, they want to go where they want to.
The problem itself is, that we never see an Alien somewhere on the nature, on te jungle or anywhere where it looks nice and natural. It's gonna be a really, really interesting.

I doubt that the xenomorphs or black goo is native or even created at planet-Paradise, to me the Engineers are like Prometheus, they stole fire from the gods, from some other world.
The fact that there will be xenomorphs on the planet-Paradise instead far off like on LV223 so not to risk their home world, means they would only have transported black goo to planet Paradise out of great need, like a war.


It's my thought that the Engineers were in an inter-stellar war and were loosing it and as last resort used the black goo but destroyed themselves in the process. Since they say that in the next movie David will be alone on the planet, meaning all engineers have gone extinct? Maybe the one on LV-223 was the very last one of his species, unless some took refuge on some other star system...

I'm guessing David finds some kind of military industrial installation and starts to fix his own broken body and after that starts experimentering, well once the Covenant ship arrives at least, he must have sent some communications all the way from planet-Paradise to Earth.


Corporal Hicks
May 15, 2016, 08:06:03 PM
Reply #10 on: May 15, 2016, 08:06:03 PM
It's my thought that the Engineers were in an inter-stellar war and were loosing it and as last resort used the black goo but destroyed themselves in the process. Since they say that in the next movie David will be alone on the planet, meaning all engineers have gone extinct? Maybe the one on LV-223 was the very last one of his species, unless some took refuge on some other star system...

If Ridley does revisit the earlier concept of the Aliens being artificial weapons of war, I really do hope somewhere along the line we might get some indication of who they were weapons against. Just hope it isn't something as mundane as being intended for use against mankind. I'd like a return to the more eldritch and Lovecraftian feel from Alien.


Astronoë
May 15, 2016, 08:25:40 PM
Reply #11 on: May 15, 2016, 08:25:40 PM
i'd love to see something really lovecraftian monsters like those crazy Rathtars from star wars..




KiramidHead
May 15, 2016, 08:28:51 PM
Reply #12 on: May 15, 2016, 08:28:51 PM
It's my thought that the Engineers were in an inter-stellar war and were loosing it and as last resort used the black goo but destroyed themselves in the process. Since they say that in the next movie David will be alone on the planet, meaning all engineers have gone extinct? Maybe the one on LV-223 was the very last one of his species, unless some took refuge on some other star system...

If Ridley does revisit the earlier concept of the Aliens being artificial weapons of war, I really do hope somewhere along the line we might get some indication of who they were weapons against. Just hope it isn't something as mundane as being intended for use against mankind. I'd like a return to the more eldritch and Lovecraftian feel from Alien.

The most horrible things in the universe: Vogons and their poetry. :laugh:


Smash!
May 15, 2016, 08:58:50 PM
Reply #13 on: May 15, 2016, 08:58:50 PM
Good point. I have a similar opinion like you. About that possible war between them.
The question is, what kind of enemy they could have? Another different species? Or just a different clan of them.
I think that your theory is really close to the actual story. Xenomorphs could act like a weapon of massive destruction in the planetary scale, so again it is probably close to the truth.
You aslo write that perhaps David should call for some sort of help or something like that, so the Ship "Covenant" cold be just another expedition that responds on David message.
Another possibility is, that "Covenant" ship is on the way to the engineer planet, because they capture the signal that dr. Shaw leave before she flew away (Prometheus ending).
My first idea was, that I imagine a dr. Shaw helping David put his head back on the body. But since source is saying that dr, Shaw will no longer be in this movie, I don't know what to think?
She died on the way to the planet? I don't think so, it seems that Engineer Spaceship could fly in the speed of light, we see that in the end of Prometheus, this ship uses some sort of "Jump" technology for flight.
I mean, that should give us a reason to think that dr. Shaw could reach engineer planet in relatively short period of time.
Can David kill her? Maybe after she helping him with his head? Or can perhaps she normally died, because she don't have any food or resources?
Covenant ship as a human ship could perhaps fly slower then the engineer ship, that means dr. Shaw can just die by the time before Covenant ship arrives.
Only David as an android can live for a long time. I'm really surprise what they say us about dr. Shaw.
But I have a strong feeling that she is already dead.
Ridley Scott already said, that we will se all the Xenomorphs forms, that we already know.
The egg, facehugger, chestburster and big boy. So I imagine that if there would be the eggs, there should be even the mother, the Queen itself. Source even say, that there is some sort of small squid like monsters, similar to one that we see at the scene from Prometheus, where the engineer is impregnated.
I'm so happy about this movie, I feel that this is gonna be unique, and I almost can't believe that there will be another opportunity to see a classic Aliens, and even more.

Last question I have is, the picture that you use on your comment, is that from you? Did you draw it? because I draw by myself, so tell me please. And again, please excuse me English, I'm from Europe.



 

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