A few months back, Ridley Scott announced that he would follow up his hit sci-fi film The Martian with Prometheus 2. Many had speculated that the sequel would have been the director’s next project, but he then confirmed that the film wouldn’t be called Prometheus 2; instead it would be titled Alien: Paradise Lost. The film put Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5 in a very tough position, forcing the District 9 director to put his Alien film on hold.
Spectre scribe John Logan was recently brought in to do some of the rewrites for the Scott’s sequel, and at the same time a rumor popped up that Alien: Paradise Lost would be getting a new title. Now, Fox has announced that the film won’t be titled Prometheus 2 or Alien: Paradise Lost, but rather Alien: Covenant. More on the story below, including the official synopsis.
When the then-titled Alien: Paradise Lost was announced, it was unclear it would be about. Based on the title, it could be a reference to John Milton’s epic poem of the same name, and because of how Prometheus ended, we speculated on the idea of the Engineer’s home world being paradise.
Now that idea comes into play again with Convenant. Here the title is the name of the ship that our new cast boards to sail across space. But the most interesting aspect of the news is the plot synopsis that was also released in conjunction with the title treatment.
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.
So, based on that, it looks like Alien: Covenant will be from the point of view of the crew members of the ship named the Covenant, and not David’s. The fact that David is the sole survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, so leads us to believe that wherever David and Shaw ended up after the events of Prometheus, it did not end well for the human scientist. But how did David end up on this planet, and is it the planet of the Engineers?
Another question is if that if this is being considered a prequel trilogy, why not just stick with the Prometheus title?
We won’t know for sure until more details are released. Until then, Alien: Covenant is expected to begin filming in February 2016 for an October 6, 2017 release.