News has been very slowly coming out of the Alien franchise camp as of late, with Neill Blomkamp's exciting sounding Alien 5 still spinning its wheels in development as Ridley Scott's Prometheus 2 — first known as Alien: Paradise Lost, but now officially titled Alien: Covenant — pushes onwards for an August 2017 release, with filming having begun earlier this month in New Zealand.
And now the first official promo image for [Alien: Covenant](tag:3648559) — an arm patch of the Covenant mission — has been released. Check it out below!
Alien: Covenant is set to introduce a brand new crew, featuring up-and-coming actress Katherine Waterston — who previously worked with Covenant star Michael Fassbender on Steve Jobs — as Daniels, and comedy actor/writer/producer Danny McBride (known for Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express).
The new crew are piloting the colony ship Covenant when they encounter a dangerous world disguised as paradise — the destroyed home world of Prometheus's Engineers — inhabited only by the android David (Michael Fassbender), the sole survivor of the Prometheus expedition.
As per the new image, we know now for sure that the Covenant expedition is funded by, you guessed it, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, the meddling company who caused all the problems by seeking out the Engineers and the Xenomorphs in Prometheus and Alien.
It's worth noting that at the time of Prometheus the company was then known only as the Weyland Corporation, so clearly the merger with Yutani has taken place sometime between the Prometheus leaving Earth and the departure of the Covenant.
In case the title didn't give it away, it looks like Alien: Covenant is set to return to the religion elements of the franchise which featured heavily in Prometheus.
There had been some speculation that the departure of Prometheus's main character— Noomi Rapace's Dr. Elizabeth Shaw — would mean that the sequel would take a step away from this territory, as it was Shaw's mission to seek the creators of humanity and the search for paradise which fueled the Prometheus mission in the first place.
But the arm patch of the Covenant crew clearly features a religious icon. Surprise surprise, it's the Ark of the Covenant — the biblical wooden chest which held the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments. Clearly the Weyland Corp aren't giving up on their search for the gods, even after the untimely death of their CEO.
Whereas the Ark of the Covenant features angels holding their wings above the chest, the Covenant arm patch has them holding their arms protectively around a planet. Is this supposed to represent Earth, or the Engineer's homeworld, the dark paradise?
Does this mean the crew of the ship Covenant are going to pick up Shaw's mantle and discover the Engineer's version of the Ark? Will their faces melt off when they open it? Or will it turn out to be a Pandora's Box full of Xenomorphs? We suspect the latter.