If there was one thing that was made abundantly clear throughout the conversations on set, it’s that Covenant, like Prometheus, is very much rooted in the idea of creation myths. Who created David? Man. Who created man? The Engineers. But who created the Engineers? And what comes next in the chain? What does man’s creation create? Covenant is a film that looks to tell a broad-scale creation myth both backward and forwards at the same time. While it brings us closer to the events of Alien, to the birth of the biomechanical Xenomorph we all know and love, it also continues to look back at the story of human creation — a story we don’t understand nearly as well as we think we do from the story we were told in Prometheus.Anyone knows what he's talking about here, the bold part?
At least that’s what we’re led to believe by Scott, who came to speak with us briefly while we were standing in the Hall of Heads. “We’ve reinvented the idea of Alien, which is that Covenant gets us a step closer to who and why was this thing designed to make human beings. And if you think it’s them,” Scott said, gesturing to the monolithic figures of the Engineers surrounding us, “you’re dead wrong.”
I told comingsoon.net over Twitter that the line looked garbled and they have now changed it. It now reads:
'‘Covenant’ gets us a step closer to who it was and why they decided to make human beings.'
Which barely makes any sense at all. I think it's a transcription error, personally; there's a missing word, and that word is 'afraid'.
So the Ridley Scott quote should read:
"The first ‘Alien’ was seven guys and gals in a steel hull, frankly the very old idea of ‘The Old Dark House,'" Scott recollects. “Who’s gonna die next? The fundamental basis of ‘Alien’ was a pretty old B-movie, but because of the cast and talent involved it came out an A+ movie. We’ve reinvented the idea of Alien, which is that Covenant gets us a step closer to who and why was this thing designed to make human beings afraid. And if you think it’s them,” Scott said, gesturing to the monolithic figures of the Engineers surrounding us, “you’re dead wrong."
I can't see any other way of reading it. Ridley's talking about horror here, and why the Alien is so frightening to us humans. The point about Covenant is that it recasts the Alien's scariness as the product of design.