Now that director Ridley Scott has settled on a final title for his upcoming Alien project, 20th Century Fox has revealed the movie’s synopsis a full two years ahead of the film’s release. Things could change between now and then, but, as it stands, the below explanation is where we expect Alien: Covenant (not Alien: Paradise Lost) to take us.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus—and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. 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 is actually a dark, dangerous world—whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
It’s not unusual for a film to go through a name change during production, and this far ahead of the movie’s release, it’s also not unusual for filmmakers to be undecided on where they’re going creatively. However, with production set to begin next February, we are getting down to the wire.
I was a fan of the previous title, which riffed on the epic John Milton poem. Conversely, Covenant is an equally interesting take on the whole alien and humanity bit. In theology, Covenant describes an agreement between humanity and God.
Alien: Covenant is set for an Oct. 6, 2017 release.