In a clever move by Ridley Scott and company, it seems that the latest entry in the ‘Alien’ franchise, ‘Alien: Covenant,’ will actually take place 10 years after the events depicted in ‘Prometheus.’ This fact was brought to us by Janty Yates, who has been the costume designer for Scott since she won an Oscar for her work with Scott on ‘Gladiator’ in 2000, so you know she is a credible source when she claims that ‘Covenant’ will take place “…10 years in the future beyond Prometheus.” In her statement, Yates claims that the biggest clue to the time jump is in the spacesuit design, as the Android David‘s suit will be the older model from ‘Prometheus,’ while everyone else will have newer spacesuits:
“[Alien: Covenant is] not so much of a spacesuit movie. There are two different spacesuits in it. We are only carrying on one look from ‘Prometheus’, which is with David.”
Why is this a smart move by Scott? Because it makes ‘Alien: Covenant’ not so much a sequel to ‘Prometheus,’ but also a kind of soft-reboot.The detractors of ‘Prometheus‘ will be pleased by the distance between the films, allowing new characters and situations to arise (i.e. how originally ‘Covenant was to have no xenomorphs, and now suddenly it is the story of the origins of the xenomorphs), while those that enjoyed ‘Prometheus’ can also be pleased by the continuity with the character of the android David and the distant connection to the first film.
What are your thoughts about the time jump? Does it make sense to you, or do you still worry about Scott returning to the ‘Alien’ franchise after what he did with ‘Prometheus?’ Check out the full synopsis below and then share your opinions in the comments section!
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.
Source: Screen Rant