I’m really pumped up about seeing Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant, especially after everything I’ve learned he’s doing with it. This has the potential to be an incredible new chapter in the Alien franchise.
The film’s star Michael Fassbender is now talking about the movie, which is currently in post-production, and in a recent interview with Collider, he continues to gush about how scary the movie is. He says:
“I have to say, this Alien is going to be – I’m really excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying that there’s a film that we all wanna see. It’s much scarier than ‘Prometheus,’ but it’s got that sort of same scope as ‘Prometheus,’ that imminent sort of disaster feel that ‘Alien’ had. So it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary, number one. And again, with the massive scope of ‘Prometheus’… Yeah, you know once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it’s definitely going to bring chills to the cinema.”
Those are some encouraging words. The Alien franchise started in the genre of sci-fi/horror and it’s so cool that we will be getting back to that horror element, which is one of the things I loved so much about the first film. It was legitimately scary! I’m so happy that Scott is tapping back into the horror elements of this story.
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), and Billy Crudup (Watchmen). Noomi Rapace will also reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.
The film hits theaters on August 4, 2017.