Director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise for the third time with Alien: Covenant, the follow up to 2012’s Prometheus and prequel to the original Alien (1979).
Back when Prometheus was released, Scott insisted that it wasn’t a prequel, it just happened to be set in the same universe, a little bit in the past and would lead up to the original Alien. Nope definitely not a prequel. It seems that in the time since, that line of thought has been dumped as Alien returns to the title and it looks like the original extraterrestrials will be making an appearance in some form.
The new film is set 10 years after the non-prequel and from the trailer, it appears the film is a return to the confined horror that made the original so iconic, along with some planet-based scares. The mission of the Covenant is to colonise a new planet, where apparently the sole survivor of the Prometheus, the android David (Michael Fassbender) has taken up residence.
If you want the official line, it goes something like this:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir also star with a script written by John Logan.
Alien: Covenant arrives in cinemas on 29 May 2017