Earlier today, we learned that 20th Century Fox has officially titled Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant. Along with that comes the official title treatment, the release date and the synopsis. These new story details hints that one character may not be returning from the original prequel.
Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant will directly connect with the Alien franchise, which he launched back in 1979. The first official synopsis does not offer too many new plot details. But it does echo statements the director has made in the past about where this film series is headed. It will be a trilogy. And it will be in theaters on October 6, 2017, arriving just in time for the Halloween festivities. Here is the official synopsis from 20th Century Fox.
"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 it actually turns out to be a dark, dangerous world. And the sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
As you can see, there is no mention of Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw, who was last seen carrying the severed head of android David. At this time, Michael Fassbender is the only confirmed cast member. The movie is said to not only directly connect to the Alien franchise, but it is said to connect to Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ripley character. Some believed we would either see her conceived in the movie, or may even witness her birth.
Ridley Scott had stated in the past that Alien: Covenant would be a direct sequel to Prometheus, with Elizabeth Shaw and David's journey continuing. But that no longer seems to be the case. It isn't known how much time has passed between the first and second movie, but it seems that it is considerable. Especially if David has had time to create his own nightmare world. This first official synopsis also hints that David may be responsible for creating the Xenomorphs that we know and love from the original series. In earlier interviews, Ridley Scott has promises that the creators will be revealed. While we await more info, check out the official title treatment which reveals the logo for Alien: Covenant.