Back in November, 20th Century Fox confirmed a rumor that their sequel to 2012's Prometheus will now be entitled Alien: Covenant. This new adventure, which was given an August 4, 2017 release date last month, has been confirmed as the first movie in a new trilogy, which will eventually connect to director Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. We have always known that this new movie will connect to Prometheus as well. Earlier today, Bloody-Disgusting discovered a new photo from the set that offers visual proof of this connection.
The photo came from an Instagram account belonging to Charlie Tong, which was tagged as being taken at Fox Studios Australia, where production will begin later this month, according to a report from February. The photo features one of the "giant alien heads" that were featured in Prometheus, in the Engineers' secret temple. Here's what author Stephen Messing had to say about these massive heads, in an excerpt from Titan Books Prometheus: The Art of the Film, revealing these Engineer heads were an homage to original Alien designer H.R. Giger.
"Another set that I worked on was known as the 'Head Room.' This was a ceremonial room that contained hundreds of ampules beneath a giant sculpture of an Engineer's head. Julian Caldrow did an amazing job of working out all of the details for this environment and created the set drawings. The final set was built at full scale and was incredible to walk on. I also sculpted an altar area for this set that paid homage to Giger -it is a relief sculpture hanging from the wall and has the impression of an alien form with flowing structures surrounding it. There are a lot of Easter Eggs in this sculpture - including several hidden Giger motifs that were not used in the original film."
All we know about Alien: Covenant thus far is that it centers on members of an intergalactic expedition, aboard the ship Covenant, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. They soon find that this planet is a dark and dangerous place, whose only inhabitant is David (Michael Fassbender), the sole surviving member of the Prometheus expedition. Back in November, director Ridley Scott teased that Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw, who was also alive at the end of Prometheus, will have a just a small role in Alien: Covenant, but there have been other reports that her role has been cut entirely.
Alien: Covenant also stars Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez. Ridley Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan. Take a look at the new set photo from Alien: Covenant, and stay tuned for more as we get closer to production starting.