After the release of Prometheus in 2012, many fans wondered if the sequel would be connected more to the original Alien franchise, which started in 1979 with director Ridley Scott’s timeless classic. In the years that followed, we eventually learned that Prometheus 2 would be re-titled Alien: Covenant, which would start a new prequel trilogy that will bridge the gap in the events between Prometheus and the original Alien. Michael Fassbender will be the only original Prometheus star returning, reprising his role as the android David, revealing in a new interview that a classic moment from the original movie will be revisited in Alien: Covenant.
Back in December, it was confirmed that iconic Alien creatures such as the Facehugger, Chestburster and Xenomorph will be appearing in the sequel, but there haven’t been many details released about how these creatures will come into play in Alien: Covenant. The story follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who are bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They discover 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. Here’s what Michael Fassbender had to say about the sequel, during an interview with Inquirer, confirming that fans will see an iconic Alien moment.
“There are going to be great sets and aliens coming out of people.It’s amazing to watch Ridley work. I try to soak up as much knowledge as I can from him, because having worked on this kind of films a few times and having seen how many moving parts there are, how many people work on the set and how many departments need attention and the language, he’s an absolute master.”
We learned late last year that the story is set a decade after the events of Prometheus. There have been reports that the other survivor from Prometheus, Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw is coming back, but now it seems that she will not be returning. Last month we got a brief glimpse at the Australian set in new photos, which Michael Fassbender claims are “fantastic.”
“The sets are fantastic. Again, the most impressive sets I’ve seen since Prometheus, which was the original setting. It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did Blade Runner. You have this futuristic world where people are eating noodles, because that seems to be the cheaper food and something that will fill you up. But it’s also something that harks back to the past. The weaving of those two things-past and future-together makes for an interesting world that we can aspire to, but also recognize something in it.”
Alien: Covenant also stars Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez. Ridley Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more on Alien: Covenant as production continues. The movie has been slated for release on August 4, 2017, going up against Open Road Films’ Blazing Samurai.