This past weekend while attending the AFI Film Festival, it seems Ridley Scott opened up about his involvement in ‘The Martian,’ which is also when he dropped the latest bombshell about the name of his upcoming ‘Prometheus 2’ film:
“I was going to be doing what will be called ‘Alien: Covenant,’ which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, ‘Listen, we’ve got this thing which is completely written called ‘Martian,’ and I said, ‘Huh.’ And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, ‘I need to talk to ‘Drew [Goddard]…’”
To be clear, originally we had been told the film would be titled ‘Alien: Paradise Lost,’ which seemed a strong enough name at the time, referencing the John Milton classic and portending ominous things for the franchise. Now with a name like ‘Alien: Covenant,’ much more can be speculated about. Biblically speaking, a covenant is a kind of agreement between God and man, which in the case of the ‘Aliens’ franchise could mean an arrangement between mankind and the engineers, whose home planet Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) were going to visit at the end of ‘Prometheus.’
It is very intriguing, but should definitely be taken with a grain of salt at this point, as the name could easily change again between now and when it hits theaters, regardless of whether or not it actually starts shooting in November 2016. Especially in light of a new screenwriter on board (John Logan of ‘Skyfall’), anything is possible, especially with all of the studio and Ridley Scott’s attention on the film (enough so that they delayed production on Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’ until the ‘Prometheus’ sequel was completed).
What are your thoughts on the new title? Do you like it better than ‘Alien: Paradise Lost?’ Share your opinions in the comments section below!