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Ridley Scott’s highly successful film PROMETHEUS was released back in 2012. It made such an impact at the box office that it only seemed right that a sequel would eventually follow. Scott has been working full steam ahead as director on his upcoming follow-up film ALIEN: COVENANT and serve as a prequel to the ALIEN movies.
As the hype continues to build towards the release of ALIEN: COVENANT, fans continue to wonder what/how the connection between PROMETHEUS and COVENANT will eventually be. It looks as though the answer has now been given.
Recent ALIEN: COVENANT footage was shown at CinemaCon. Here is the description of what was shown courtesy of The Playlist: “The sneak began with the spacecraft from the last film arriving at the Engineers’ home world. Surprised, startled or curious about this ship’s arrival, hundreds of Engineers have gathered in what looks like a Roman or Greek coliseum for the ship to dock. As the Engineers look on, the base of the ship opens and we find David walking on a deck. He looks ragged, but fully operational in a complete body. Then, as the Engineer population looks on, a mass of black bombs fall from David’s ship. The crowd panics and tries to escape the arena, but the bombs quickly explode and douse them with a black ooze that is sickeningly familiar. The Engineers are quickly transformed into hundreds (or would that be thousands?) of alien creatures as David watches from above satisfied with his…revenge?
We then jump to “present day” where David’s voice-over (or is it younger model Walter’s voice?) describes how man believed they are gods and are leaving their planet seeking paradise in the stars. Walter (Fassbender) has no intention of letting that happen.”
Further information on the planet in which ALIEN: COVENANT takes place:
“It looks like the planet the ‘Covenant’ crew have landed on is either the Engineers’ abandoned home world hundreds of years after David’s actions or a sister planet that David has also seeded with alien spores. As the first trailer depicts, this crew of the colony ship the Covenant lands only to find themselves infected with the same alien monstrosities that besieged the crew of the Prometheus.”
We know that Michael Fassbender is returning as David, but as for Shaw:
“The preview didn’t indicate if David returns later on in the film or what the fate of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) is. And it’s unclear where the original “Alien” film takes place in this timeline. But, if you were hoping for a resolution to the fate of David and Elizabeth from “Prometheus,” you are going to be at least partially satisfied.”
The cast of ALIEN: COVENANT is made up of Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Benjamin Rigby, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup and James Franco.
The film was written by Michael Green, Jack Paglen, and John Logan.
"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
Michael Fassbender previously had this to say about ALIEN COVENANT:
“It’s much scarier than Prometheus, but it’s got the same sort of scope of Prometheus.”
“It’s kind of got more of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had, so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary number one and then again with the massive scope of Prometheus… Once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it doesn’t let up. It’s really gonna bring chills to the cinema.”
ALIEN: COVENANT will arrive in theaters on May 19th.