It’s been less than a week since 20th Century Fox announced a name change for Ridley Scott’s follow up to Prometheus, which is being touted as the first “official” Alien prequel, Alien Covenant, which is currently in the pre-production stages. The movie will feature a new ship, The Covenant, and its crew stumbling across a planet believed to be a paradise, but is “actually a dark, dangerous world – whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition”.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott is saying that his Alien prequels will be akin to what James Cameron is planning for his Avatar follow-ups, where Prometheus serves as the beginning of the whole story and the following 3 (you read that right… 3) will lead up to the events in his 1979 classic Alien. So if you are doing the math, that means Alien: Covenant will be the 2nd in 4 planned movies. And on top of all this, Neil Blomkamps Alien 5 seems to be in a constant state of on-again-off-again status, with Blomkamp taking to social media saying the movie is still on (wait a week and it will be off again, mark my words).
“It’s a very complex story. It’s an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” Scott said at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. “Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no- one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it camefrom.”
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when [s]he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979… So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”
Michael Fassbender will, naturally, reprise his role as David with the only other returning cast member being Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw appearing very briefly. No other casting has been announced yet, but Transcendence writer Jack Paglen and Green Lantern’s Michael Green will be penning the screen play.