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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 | Posted by Sue Granquist

Alien Covenant poster-smallNormally, I have a personal rule against covering the same topic twice in so many weeks. Primarily this is because I have an extremely short attention span and I assume you do as well.

But I just couldn’t let this go.

Last week we joined together to lament the assumed loss of a true Aliens sequel directed by Neill Blomkamp and ignoring the mediocre efforts that were Alien 3 and Alien 4. We also shook our collective fists as the mercurial Ridley Scott who, after foisting Prometheus upon us, originally threatened to continue the torture with Prometheus 2, but instead took a hard left turn and commandeered the Aliens sequel by turning it into connective tissue between the Prometheus and Alien storylines.

We knew this from reading cryptic Ridley Scott quotes during which he referenced if not clarified his new project entitled Alien: Paradise Lost.

However, no sooner had we begun to get our brains around this when last Friday the newswire was abuzz with fresh Scott quotations, stemming from his Thursday evening appearance and the AFI Festival (American Film Institute).

According to IndieWire, Scott remarked that the project formerly known as Alien: Paradise Lost will now be called Alien: Covenant.

But buckle up, because there’s more.

Alien Covenant Ridley Scott

The film is still intended to be a sequel to Prometheus and will indeed bridge the space between that film the rest of the Alien franchise.

Alien: Covenant will follow the original speculated line of inquiry as to why, how and when the Xenomorph was invented. But in substituting a reference to John Milton for one to the Old Testament pact between God and Abraham, Scott suggests that Covenant will focus less on humanity’s fall from grace and more on our tenuous continuing relationship with powers greater than our own.

So the Xenomorph is God’s “ultimate solution” for that whole forbidden fruit thing?

Alien piss off

Ripley is never going to be Mrs. Ellen Ripley-Hicks, is she…

Never a company to miss out on a press opp, 20th Century Fox went ahead confirmed the new title of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant a couple days later, and announced that the film will hit theaters October 6, 2017.

Alien Covenant tweet

In addition to the name and promo art, Fox also released the following synopsis:

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.

“Doomed” is precisely what I was thinking…

Alright Tyr, Aonghus, NickOz, NOLAbert and TPark, please discuss while I send an intern out for more tequila. And everyone else is also welcome to post a comment or drop a line to sue@blackgate.com.

10 Comments »

  1. ‘An Uncharted Paradise’???

    Kudos to Dave the Droid for terraforming an entire planet single-handed! It does make me wonder just how long he was in situ. If the entire crew get killed (bar a beautiful lady droid) we might get the Book of Genesis. With Androids. Or is Dave God? I’m confused…..

    Comment by Aonghus Fallon - November 20, 2015 6:30 am

  2. Thank god I don’t have to see them completely acid burn half of Hick’s face for this next movie WHEN NO ACID GOT ON HIS FACE IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Scott Taylor - November 20, 2015 10:34 am

  3. Aonghus, In your honor, “confused” is the name of the new adult beverage I have just created, inspired by this whole hot mess. It’s got Midori for color but the rest of the ingredients are secret. However if you spill any, it will likely eat a hole through the floor.

    Art darling, here sit down by me in the shade. You’ve worked yourself up again, like you did when I showed up unexpectedly and interrupted your game of Risk.

    GC

    Comment by Sue Granquist - November 20, 2015 11:13 am

  4. Ahhhhh… shade…. now let me rest my head in your lap 😉

    Comment by Scott Taylor - November 20, 2015 11:43 am

  5. Sue – sounds intriguing! Maybe they could give it out for free at the screening of ‘Prometheus II/Covenant etc, etc? Then everybody will be too sozzled to notice if the film is actually any good/makes any sense or not.

    Comment by Aonghus Fallon - November 20, 2015 11:47 am

  6. Scott — Maybe that was freezer burn? Like when you pull out that foil-wrapped steak that got shoved way in the back sometime around 2012?

    Comment by Joe H. - November 20, 2015 1:40 pm

  7. Ed Wood’s stature retroactively rises every day.

    Comment by Thomas Parker - November 21, 2015 1:38 pm

  8. That was a joke, but only sort of. Ed Wood, for all his lack of anything approaching talent, was at least passionately committed to his films, but looking over Scott’s filmography, you (or I, at least) see nothing but a cold technician. When he has a solid script (The Duellists, Alien, Gladiator) Scott can make a good (though always decidedly chilly) movie; when he doesn’t, he makes movies that are separated from Ed’s only by their surface polish. Most damning of all, he doesn’t seem to care when when he produces an obvious abomination like Prometheus; he was certainly intelligent enough to know that the movie was an embarrassment, but he also knew that it would still make piles of money, and that’s the film’s secret coherence that we all searched for in vain – that’s really what it’s all about. I’ve never thought Scott gave a damn about SF or any other genre aside from the all-consuming Hollywood creed of keeping the cash registers ringing.

    Even when I happen to like one of his movies, I don’t like him. So there! Nyah!

    Comment by Thomas Parker - November 21, 2015 2:04 pm

  9. Joe H: Good one! :)

    Comment by Scott Taylor - November 21, 2015 2:16 pm

  10. I prefer bourbon to tequila. I’ll say it again, even though I appear to be a minority here: I liked Prometheus. So, I’m happy with this announcement. I like Blomkamp too. Loved Chappie (I’m a Die Antwoord fan too). Thought Elysium had potential but was far dumber than Prometheus. Anyone gonna argue against that one? Obviously, I liked District 9.

    Comment by NOLAbert - November 21, 2015 8:58 pm


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