The time line of the ‘Alien’ movies is… questionable to say the least. The first film, released in 1979, is a classic and its follow-up, ‘Aliens’ in 1986 traded out the moody creepiness of the original for balls-out action and also proved to be a huge hit. Then came the other sequels and fans turned away. In 2012, original director Ridley Scott returned to the brand with prequel ‘Prometheus‘. Unfortunately, that film met mixed reviews and audience reaction.
Nonetheless, Scott is once more returning to the ‘Alien’-verse with 2017’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ which will bridge the gap between ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Alien’.
The new film stars Katherine Waterston (currently seen as Tina in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’) in what will hopefully be a role closer to Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley than Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw. Joining her will be Michael Fassbender, reprising his role as artificial humanoid David.
But where does ‘Covenant’ fall in the larger picture? Waterston addressed this by saying:
“…I think it has elements of both films. Like, it’s got some aspects that are similar to Prometheus and then [it] does feel, in many ways, like a return to the original. But again, it’s its own thing, too, and sometimes I think describing things in those terms limits it in a way and gives the audience information it’s better for them not to have.
When I first saw the original Alien, I didn’t even know what I was about to see, I had never seen a trailer or anything. My friend’s older brother put it on to traumatize us — which it did – and I think that will be the most fun way to watch this movie too — with fresh eyes. So I don’t like to give too much away about that. But obviously you look at IMDB, you know Michael Fassbender’s in it, so there is going to be a connection from Prometheus.”
‘Alien: Covenant’ will be released on May 19, 2017. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Goran D. Kleut, Uli Latukefu, and Benjamin Rigby.
Are you intrigued to find out how this newest piece of the puzzle fits?
Source: Screen Rant