Ridley Scott's #Prometheus sequel has been a long time coming. After the first film — an entertaining, sometimes messy movie which featured Charlize Theron in ice-lizard mode and concluded with Michael Fassbender's android David being reduced to a decapitated talking head — provoked a mixed response, progress on the sequel has been slow.
The sequel was first known as Prometheus 2, and was due around the same time as Alien 5. Then, it was titled Alien: Paradise Lost, and finally it morphed into Alien: Covenant, which is a touch confusing. The actual Alien sequel appears to have been put on ice so that this movie can be made, which is either good news or bad news depending on how much you like the Alien franchise.
Anyway, #AlienCovenant finally arrives next summer, and ahead of a trailer, some news about character specifics has begun to hit the internet. Despite his android having his head detached from his body in Prometheus, David (#Fassbender) will return in Covenant — but in a twist, the actor will also play another android, Walter, who resides on board the new colony ship Covenant. Because, you know, this movie wasn't already enough of a headfuck.
In Scott's sequel, the crew of the Covenant discover a planet they believe to be uncharted territory, but on arrival they discover that this "paradise" is far more dangerous than they had imagined — and David is there waiting for them. Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) returns, but the rest of the cast is all-new, and includes Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts) and Jussie Smollett (Empire).
Honestly, this five-years-later sequel feels like a massive gamble for Fox. The budget is rumored to be $200m, which is huge considering Prometheus was only a medium hit. Time will tell, though, and The Martian was a solid return to form for Scott, so perhaps this will be the wild sci-fi blockbuster we've been waiting for.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters August 4, 2017.
Will Alien: Covenant finally do justice to the Alien franchise?