I've got some good news for any and all Alien fans, it seems that with Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott is going back to basics. Unlike Prometheus, which attempted to distance itself from it's origins, Covenant is embracing the franchise.
In a recent interview with Thewrap, Ridley Scott revealed that he's moving beyond Prometheus and going back to Alien. When asked if the movie is a sequel to the former, Ridley replied:
"Well, really it’s 'Alien'. They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from, and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it."
So hopefully Alien: Covenant will feel much more like a traditional movie from the Alien franchise.
But there's more, Ridley went on to say that rather than retelling the same story, the new movie will include classic aspects from across all the movies. Or as Ridley puts it:
"We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy. I think maybe we can go another round or two."
Well Merry Christmas to any and all fans of science fiction horror movies, as it looks as though you're getting a barrage of frightening, awesome and crazy shit in Covenant from across the Alien franchise!
It's hard to say why Ridley Scott is going back to Alien origins. He's a prominent director who has had some real successes in the past, but it seems he can't help but go back to an old classic.
When further questioned by Thewrap about his feelings regarding the Alien creature itself, Ridley made it clear that his passion for the franchise is based less on it's successes, but on the Xenomorph itself.
"I knew we had done something special. I mean, I knew it as soon as I met with [painter, illustrator and creature designer] H.R. Giger. [...] I knew I had something special with this creature that he designed. Without that creature, the film wouldn’t have been the same."
So... Ridley Scott has unfinished business with the Alien franchise; I'm sure he'll do it justice and make the fans happy in the process.
The synopsis of the movie is as follows:
“Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ‘Alien’ with ‘Alien: Covenant’, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with ‘Prometheus’ — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers 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.”
We can undoubtedly expect great things from Alien: Covenant; is anyone else excited?