Alien: Covenant

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Alien: Covenant
File:Alien Covenant logo.jpg
Official logo
Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04) (US)
Country United States
Language English

Alien: Covenant is an upcoming 2017 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jack Paglen and Michael Green. It is the sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, and the second installment in the Alien prequel series. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby. The film is scheduled to be released on August 4, 2017.

Plot

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.[1]

Cast

Production

Development

On March 17, 2012, Ridley Scott said that Prometheus leaves many questions unanswered and that these could be answered in a sequel. He said, "If we're lucky, there'll be a second part. It does leave you with some nice open questions."[10][11] Asked whether a sequel would be a direct prequel to Alien, Lindelof said, "If we’re fortunate enough to do a sequel ... it will tangentialize even further away from the original Alien."[12] In June 2012, Lindelof said that while plot elements were deliberately left unresolved so that they could be answered in a sequel, he and Scott had thoroughly discussed what should be resolved so that Prometheus could stand alone, as a sequel was not guaranteed.[13] Scott said that a sequel would follow Shaw to her next destination, "because if it is paradise, paradise cannot be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous." Lindelof cast doubt on his participation, and said, "if [Scott] wants me to be involved in something, that would be hard to say no to. At the same time, I do feel like [Prometheus] might benefit from a fresh voice or a fresh take or a fresh thought."[14] Scott said that an additional film would be required to bridge the gap between the Prometheus sequel and Alien.[15]

As of August 1, 2012, Fox was pursuing a sequel with Scott, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender involved, and was talking to new writers in case Lindelof did not return. The film would be scheduled for a release no earlier than 2014.[16] In December 2012, Lindelof had decided not to work on a sequel, citing other commitments.[17] In June 2013, Jack Paglen was in negotiations to write the sequel.[18] In October 2013, Scott confirmed that the script was complete,[19][20] but in March 2014, Michael Green was rewriting Paglen's script. The sequel was scheduled to begin filming in late 2014, for release on March 4, 2016.[21][22] Filming will take place in Fox Studios Australia and on locations in Australia.[23] On September 24, it was revealed that there would be no alien Xenomorphs in the sequel, Scott said, "The beast is done. Cooked."[24]

On August 17, 2015, Bloody Disgusting confirmed that the film would be shot before Neill Blomkamp's Untitled Alien project, which Scott would also produce and requested Blomkamp to put on hold for a while.[25] On September 24, Scott confirmed the film's title as Alien: Paradise Lost.[26] In November 2015, Scott revealed the new title to be Alien: Covenant, with filming set to begin in February 2016 in Australia.[27] An official logo, synopsis and release date were released on November 16, 2015.[1] In December 2015, Scott told TheWrap that all aliens would be back in the film including "egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy." He also said that the film's characters would explore "the planet where the engineers came from, and come across the evolving creature that they had made."[28]

Pre-production

Late-August 2015, Scott confirmed that he had started scouting the locations for the film.[29] In October 2015, the Australian government attracted the film by providing it an investment of $47.25 million together with Thor: Ragnarok, and the film would now be shot in Australia.[30] Woz Productions Ltd., a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, visited Te Anau, New Zealand on March 28, 2016 for a location scout, for filming in Fiordland.[31]

Casting

On August 2, 2015, it was confirmed that the filming would begin in January 2016, which would star Rapace and Fassbender, while Rik Barnett was in talks to cast in the film.[32] In mid-September 2015, Scott confirmed to Deadline that Fassbender would star in the film and that he had already started pre-production for a February filming start in Canada or Australia, which was not yet decided.[2] On December 17, 2015, Katherine Waterston was cast in the film for the lead role of Daniels.[3] Longtime collaborator with Scott, Dariusz Wolski was confirmed to serve as the films cinematographer.[33] In 2016, Ridley Scott confirmed that Noomi Rapace would not reprise her role of Elizabeth Shaw.[34] In February 2016, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup and Alexander England were reported to have joined the cast.[4][5][6][7][8] In March 2016, newcomer Benjamin Rigby joined the cast.[9]

Filming

Principal photography on the film began on April 4, 2016 at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.[35][36][37][38]

Music

Harry Gregson-Williams has been tapped to serve as the film's composer.

Release

Alien: Covenant is scheduled to be released on August 4, 2017 by 20th Century Fox after being moved from its previously announced released date of October 6, 2017.[39][40]

Sequels

Ridley Scott revealed that he is planning three sequels to Prometheus, eventually leading into the original film, Alien, as Scott stated: "maybe [there will] even [be] a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise".[41] Later on, Ridley Scott confirmed that Alien: Covenant would be the first of three films before linking up with original Alien.[42][43] and stated that Prometheus sequels will reveal who created the xenomorph Aliens.[44]

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