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Fox Confirms Ridley Scott's Next Film Due 2017 Titled 'Alien: Covenant'

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November 16, 2015

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It's official. After news hit this morning that the title of the Prometheus sequel would not actually be Alien: Paradise Lost, 20th Century Fox has come to clear up the confusion and confirm the real title. The official title is Alien: Covenant, and the official release date is now October 6th, 2017. Many will also recall that it was revealed Neill Blomkamp's solo spin-off Alien movie has been put on hold. This explains why - even the title of this next one is Alien related, which means they're not taking the same route as Prometheus and pretending like it has nothing to do with Alien (they didn't even mention the word "alien" in any of the marketing material). They also, perhaps, want to distance themselves from the bad taste Prometheus left.

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.

Above is the new synopsis released officially by the movie studio for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. In a separate interview, Ridley explains (via The Playlist) how he was working on this before doing The Martian: "I was going to be doing what will be called Alien: Covenant, which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, 'Listen, we've got this thing which is completely written called 'Martian,' and I said, 'Huh.' And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox." Now, with that setting box office records, he's headed back to space with Alien: Covenant. We'll be watching this one closely for the next two years until arrival in 2017.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

Laughter is the only thing that comes to mind at this point.

Tester on Nov 16, 2015

2

Going to be looking forward to this.

Cyberdine on Nov 16, 2015

3

So.....David is the only inhabitant....but if I recall correctly, he was just a head last time we saw him....so the only inhabitant of this new "dark world" is a head? Some sort of "quit-while-you're-ahead" pun comes to mind....

TheOct8pus on Nov 16, 2015

4

Just make sure Damon Lindelof is nowhere near this

Trey on Nov 16, 2015

5

Agreed. 'PROMETHEUS' had a finished script that was probably fine as it was. Whoever dreamed up the harebrained idea of hiring Lindelof to "doctor" the story is carting freight around a warehouse in Van Nuys these days.

DaveLister_JMC on Nov 16, 2015

6

Noomi Rapace is super dead and all the potential that the first one ended with is dead with her.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 16, 2015

7

Naw, the ONLY good thing about Prom was David.

Higgens on Nov 16, 2015

8

I thought she was great. idris was awesome. The engineers were sweet. The effects were amazing. But to each their own I guess.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 16, 2015

9

I mean from a point of compelling story, Rapace was an unoriginal character. As was Idris, Now they had fairly enjoyable parts, but they were cut outs from any one a dozen movies. "grizzled captain" and " wide eyed optimistic scientist" Not treading any where new. David on the other hand, how many androids are there in movies? Now I certainly have a bias to anything android. But I found nothing special about any characters, other than David.

Higgens on Nov 16, 2015

10

Correct. Because he was the only character that made sense. Otherwise there was a Geologist who was only in it 'for the money'. A biologist who got scared by some dead bodies, A lead scientist who doesn't get the concept of security when visiting an Alien world, another archaeologist who was acting like a uncontrolled twat, The boss acting like a robot turns out she wasn't one and the rest of the irrevelant crew.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 16, 2015

11

Ack, at least the concept art will be good.

Carpola on Nov 16, 2015

12

Can we just stop having more sequels?

capitandelespacio on Nov 16, 2015

13

"We call them engineers' because we have no evidence they created us

Trey on Nov 16, 2015

14

Better title, much better. I really, really hope Scott can ride the success he had with THE MARTIAN.

DAVIDPD on Nov 16, 2015

15

Wish it was called Prometheus : Covenant

OfficialJab on Nov 17, 2015

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