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Published On: Mon, Nov 30th, 2015

‘Alien Covenant’ kicks off a new trilogy, Ridley Scott gives more details

Prometheus 2 officially got a new title and a synopsis detailing the sequel to the prequel to the Alien franchise from director Ridley Scott called Alien: Covenant. At a press conference in Sydney, Australia, where Scott is in pre-production on Alien: Covenant, he revealed that this will actually be the first in a new trilogy that will lead us all the way back to the original Alien from 1979. 

“It’s a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1. Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed  that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from,” the Gladiator director said, as detailed by THR.

Photo/20th Century FOX

Photo/20th Century FOX

As we know now, Alien: Covenant will follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. The sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

This is just the beginning as Scott revealed a whole Alien prequel trilogy in the works.

“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979. So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”

 

Alien: Covenant is set to shoot at Fox Studios in Sydney for 16 weeks beginning in March of 2016 with Michael Fassbender confirmed to return and Noomi Rapace appearing briefly in Covenant (as confirmed by Scott).

Scott will be using a mix of location and studio sets including “monumental forest and monumental rock [sets] and the rest will be in the studio with fairly formidable CGI.”

More from Scott, the Paradise Lost title rumor – click here

Alien: Covenant arrives on October 6th, 2017

 

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