While director Ridley Scott revisited his beloved Alien franchise in 2012's Prometheus, the film didn't have as many connections to the original thriller than many fans wanted. Last year, the filmmaker make the blockbuster announcement that his sequel to Prometheus will be entitled Alien: Covenant, which has been confirmed to start a new trilogy that will eventually lead up to the original Alien. With production set to begin in two months, the filmmaker confirmed during a backstage interview at the Golden Globes, courtesy of Screen Slam, that he's aiming for a "hard R" rating with Alien: Covenant, which he hopes is even scarier than the original.
"I'm going to do a hard R. It's going to be pretty tough. I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn't sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was. The reaction of people was... I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I'm going to try and do that again this year, but much worse."
The "hard R" rating shouldn't be surprising, since all of the Alien movies were R except Alien Vs. Predator. The story centers on the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who are bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They discover 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. Aside from Katherine Waterston, no other new casting additions have been announced at this time. Noomi Rapace is also set to reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus, but she will have a much smaller role this time around.
Ridley Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan. It has also been confirmed by the director that Alien: Covenant will feature some sort of connection to Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ellen Ripley character from the original Alien. Some have speculated that we may even see Ripley conceived on the Covenant ship, and that Katherine Waterston's character may actually be Ripley's mother.
The filmmaker also recently confirmed that classic creatures such as the face-hugger and chest-burster aliens, along with "the big boy," the original Xenomorph. With production set to begin soon, we should be getting more details about casting soon, so stay tuned for more on this highly-anticipated project. Until then, take a look at the filmmaker's interview from the Golden Globes below.