Ridley Scott is pushing ahead with his Alien saga, now working on stories post Prometheus which will eventually connect to his 1979 sci-fi classic.
Next up is the newly named Alien Covenant, previously Paradise Lost, which the 77 year old director has been talking about over the last couple of days. And it turns out those comments were perfectly timed as studio 20th Century Fox has launched the official plot synopsis for the film, which goes into production in 2016.
"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."
And here's some art for the upcoming sequel/prequel.
This is most definitely an Alien film, which is an interesting development after the very strange diversion of Prometheus. It's actually a film which holds up much better on a second viewing, mostly thanks to some intense moments and fun turn by Michael Fassebender, who may well be an Oscar winner by the time Covenant rolls around.
It's great to hear that he's back but a bit odd that he's apparently missing the company of Noomi Rapace, especially considering the events at the end of Prometheus. Did they decide to skip that element of the story or will she actually be involved and its currently being kept secret?
Either way there's a whole new crew to deal with on the titular ship, and we've heard a rumour that Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson could be in the running for a role. There will also be other folks who will likely die in horrible ways.
Alien Covenant is shooting in 2017 for an October 2017 release.