Coming up quickly on the calendar is the latest prequel/sequel in the ‘Alien’ film franchise. Titled ‘Alien: Covenant,’ the movie will take place following the events of the other recent prequel, ‘Prometheus,’ but sometime before the events shown in the original ‘Alien’ film. Many fans have wondered if ‘Covenant’ will feature any tie-ins to the original film, as the two are growing closer together in their “in-universe” timeline – but we do need to keep in mind that Scott has said that he’d like to do either one or two more films set in between “Covenant’ and ‘Alien,’ so he and the creative team may want to leave some “wiggle room” before making the dots fully connect.
One rumor that had been gaining steam in recent months surrounds Katherine Waterston’s character, Daniels. Perhaps because the character as portrayed in ‘Covenant’ bears such a striking resemblance to Sigourney Weaver’s character of Ripley in the original movie, the rumor started swirling that Daniels was, in fact, Ripley’s mom. An interesting thought on the connection, to be sure – but wholly false, if the “man behind the plan” is to be believed.
During a round-table discussion about the film at this year’s SXSW film festival, Scott – in no uncertain terms – denied that the Daniels-Ripley connection is a thing, even though it was previously discussed by the creative team. When asked directly about the rumor, here’s what he had to say:
“No. That was probably way back when. ‘Should she be the daughter of Ripley?’ I said ‘no.’ She’s herself.”
Even if Scott may have gotten the specifics of the mother-daughter relationship incorrect when speaking, his assertions are clear: this is not a real thing. Is he being truthful, or is it a misdirect? Likely it’s the former, but we will all find out for sure when ‘Alien: Covenant” hits theaters in just a few short months.
The film synopsis, in case you need it:
“Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
‘Alient: Covenant’ opens in American theaters on May 19, 2017.
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