It can be accepted that Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to science fiction and the Alien universe, Prometheus, was overall a disappointment. While grossing a worldwide total of over $400 million, Fox didn't seem to dub it the major success they expected.
Many figured, based on the studio's high expectations, that any talk of a sequel or rebooted franchise was lost. Well, Ridley Scott surprised us all. Following his biggest financial success with The Martian, Scott is yet again returning to the Alien universe with a sequel to Prometheus titled [Alien: Covenant](tag:3648559).
Scott has gone on record stating he wishes to make three more of his Alien/Prometheus films, including Covenant. At 78, one can argue Scott is aiming for these films to be punctuation for his film career. In an interview with Deadline last September, Ridley discussed his agnostic views and how this belief triggered his passion for the new Prometheus sequel:
"You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as she says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don’t think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it."
The fact that Scott is now using Alien and dropping Prometheus from the title should be a hint that the story will be in direct contact with the original famed franchise, which was lacking in Prometheus.
Since wrapping up awards season with The Martian, Scott has gone full steam ahead with Covenant — formerly titled Alien: Paradise Lost. Much like how he casted The Martian, Ridley has hired actors from the comedy and independent world such as Danny McBride, Amy Seimetz, and — in what should be her break-out role — Katherine Waterston. Michael Fassbender is returning to a role that was easily the best aspect of Prometheus, as David, the bitter advance android from Weyland Industries. Noomi Rapace is suspiciously missing from any casting news, Scott continues to claim she will not be in the film.
In celebration of Alien Day (April 24th, like LV-426) the official Twitter account for Alien posted the first photo of Alien: Convenant,
Story wise, the patch reveals at this point in time of the storyline, Weyland Industries has now merged and become the Weyland-Yutani Company, a focal point of the Alien franchise. Ridley also seems to be going for a biblical nod with the logo for the Covenant ship...or perhaps he's merely winking at Steven Spielberg?
I remain hopeful Ridley Scott learned from the mistakes of Prometheus and will deliver another science fiction classic. Until then, it's only a matter of time before we get the teaser of the teaser for the teaser trailer.