Way back in November 2014, when Alien: Covenant was still called Prometheus 2, director Ridley Scott teased that his sci-fi thriller will have a brand new alien. He added that the "baby alien" in 2012's Prometheus was very close to the original creature in his 1979 classic Alien. Another rumor surfaced last month that claimed the android David (Michael Fassbender) will create two different Xenomorph aliens in this sequel. While speaking with The Wrap, Ridley Scott said that this new expedition will feature an "evolving creature" created by the Engineers, along with some of the familiar Xenomorphs from the original classic.
"They're going to go to the planet where the engineers came from, and comes 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. There was always this discussion: Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We'll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy. I think maybe we can go another round or two."
The official synopsis released last month revealed that the crew of the colony ship Covenant come across what appears to be an uncharted planet, only to discover that it's a "dark, dangerous world," whose sole inhabitant is David. The director has confirmed that Alien: Covenant and its subsequent sequels will eventually connect to the original Alien. It is believed that there will also be a connection to Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ripley character, and that we may even see her be conceived on this expedition. When asked about the cultural significance of the Alien franchise, Ridley Scott said he always knew he had something special, after meeting with creature designer H.R. Giger.
"Yeah, definitely. 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. He was an artist in every sense of the word, but very businesslike. There was no rock 'n' roll - well, there was quietly, but he never brought it to the set. And I knew I had something special with this creature that he designed. Without that creature, the film wouldn't have been the same."
Noomi Rapace, who's character Elizabeth Shaw was the only human survivor in Prometheus, is coming back for Alien: Covenant, but only for a cameo appearance. Production is scheduled to start early next year, with 20th Century Fox already issuing an October 6, 2017 release date. Are you glad that the face-hugger and chest-burster aliens are coming back in Alien: Covenant? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on this highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel.