Fox has officially announced that the Prometheus sequel previously titled Alien: Paradise Lost will now be titled Alien: Covenant. They’ve also released the first synopsis for the film, and it’s release date set for 2017.
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) November 16, 2015
“Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. 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 (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
It’s interesting that Noomi Repace’s Shaw is missing from the synopsis, some think she could be left out to make way for the new leads. They’re also hellbent on trying to promote that the film will indeed connect to the original film, which has been the idea since it was Alien: Origins.
This also seems to confirm the story elements we had been hearing months back that included another ship of humans in the sequel. Although, greatly altered from extensive rewrites from two other screenwriters.
I’m curious if Rebecca Ferguson was wanted to play one of the crew members on the colony ship Covenant.
The major alternation would be this addition of a colony ship, which will likely include many human characters. I’d like to assume taking cues from the colony Hadley’s Hope from Aliens, a horrific and unseen xenomorph outbreak essentially kills a majority of the colony. It would have likely been filmed, if they had the money and could fit it into the running time (director’s cut is already three plus hours long). Many scenes were deleted and placed back in James Cameron’s director’s cut later on, you can watch above.
This colony ship aspect might be in fact the real reason Blomkamp had to make changes to his outline, and could be why Alien 5 was place on hold.
Alien: Covenant will be in theatres on 10/6/17.