Alien Day Reveals New Xenomorph and First Official Image from Alien: Covenant
Alien Day gave us lots of fun tidbits about Neill Blomkamp’s in-limbo Alien 5 movie, particularly concept art of a grown-up Newt, but today 20th Century Fox is trying to top that with our first official look at Alien: Covenant.
The picture isn’t incredibly revealing, except to remind us that Covenant is the name of the ship that travels to the Engineers’ planet in addition to a religious metaphor. The insignia for the crew includes what looks like the angels from the Ark of the Covenant, a Biblical wooden chest that contained the Ten Commandments, as well as the Weyland-Yutani corporation logo, naturally.
Alien Day also revealed a figurine for a new type of Xenomorph called the “Alien* King,” from Sideshow Collectibles:
As much as I like to see new types of aliens rear their ugly heads, I desperately hope this isn’t part of the official mythology. The entire idea that “if the aliens have a queen, they must have a king” is stupid, since the Xenomorphs imitate hive insects like bees, who only have queens and workers. (Plus, their reasoning is pretty sexist, considering that they wanted to make the king look “more dangerous” compared to the queen’s “feminine” appearance.)
So this looks pretty cool, but hopefully it won’t come anywhere near Alien*: Covenant:
Ridley Scott Has Already Written the Next ‘Alien*’ Film
The upcoming Alien*: Covenant already promises to be closer to the original Alien* films than the bizarre Prometheus was, if the new film’s xenomorph-filled trailers are any indication. As will the next movie after that, because the script is ready to go according to longtime Alien film director Ridley Scott.
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Scott announced that he’s already written the next film in the franchise, and he’s expecting to dive into it next year:
Despite being 79 years old, Scott still has big plans for the world of Alien, as he envisions three Prometheus sequels that should end the franchise just before the original 1979 Alien* started, something Scott refers to as “the back entrance” to the first film. So what you can expect this May is a film that crosses between the iconic flavor of sci-fi horror from Alien and the strange world that Prometheus laid the foundation for in 2012. Scott says as much, wanting to tap into his original film while keeping some Prometheus flavor, as Covenant is a direct sequel to that film.
In the meantime, the Alien*: Covenant crew is still busy putting together one of the bloodiest films in the franchise, with Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould telling IGN that they’ve gone through “a few gallons of blood.” Likely feeling emboldened by the recent success of R-rated genre films like Deadpool and Logan, it’s still a bold claim for a franchise whose most famous scene involves a creature bursting out from John Hurt’s chest.
Beyond Michael Fassbender reprising his Prometheus role as the android David, Covenant will also star Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Billy Crudup (Watchmen), and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, This Is The End) in an unusual role for the normally comedic actor. Waterston’s character in particular has already drawn comparisons to Sigourney Weaver’s character of Ellen Ripley. Also expect to see James Franco and Guy Pearce in smaller roles.
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