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Potential "Alien: Covenant" Spoilers Ahead
An intriguing but completely unconfirmed rumor regarding Ridley Scott's upcoming "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" has gone up at Scified today which says that not one but Two xenomorph aliens will be seen in the upcoming film, and that Fassbender's android character David will play a part in creating one of them - a creature akin to the 'ultramorph' creation seen in Jon Spaihts' original script draft for "Prometheus":
"The movie will have two monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The New Monster is a New Event, so it's nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie.... it's created by an event in the movie... and this new monster is going to be based off of the original concept that Alien drew influence from.
This idea is something they had planned »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, 20th Century Fox confirmed that director Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is called Alien: Covenant. It will tie into the overall Alien movie universe, and is considered the second chapter in a prequel trilogy. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Today, Scified has new insight into this plot, and their sources claim that two xenomorph aliens will be wrecking havoc in the movie. And yes, David, playing God, has a hand in creating one of them.
None of this information has been confirmed by the studio or Ridley Scott. So it's only being considered a rumor for now. »
The parameters, mutually agreed upon by my editor Danny Kasman and myself, are these: A bi-weekly (every two weeks) column, entitled "On Mubi / Off," covering two films—one currently available on the Mubi streaming platform in the United States, the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc). The movies may share some similarities in approach, execution and theme, or they may not. Mostly, my own interests and curiosity will dictate what films are covered and in what way, and I hope you'll find the prose, the pairings, and/or the analysis compelling enough to follow along.On MUBITerminal Island (Stephanie Rothman, 1973)Sight unseen, I thought Stephanie Rothman's 1973 exploitation cheapie Terminal Island would make for a good inaugural article lead-off—something Z-grade disreputable to complement the A-level sleaze (not necessarily a criticism) of the other movie covered in this column. (We'll get to you momentarily, Mr. Bond. »
- Keith Uhlich
When the final credits rolled on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in 2012, the cloying sensation was not of wondrous, terrifying stories still to be told, but of writers having just painted themselves into a corner.
We watched as Noomi Rapace’s wide-eyed space archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw blasted off in a commandeered alien ship, her stated aim being to find the home planet of the Engineers. Her only companion on the journey was a severed head belonging to David (Michael Fassbender), a character she enjoyed a fractious relationship with, to say the least.
The galactic adventures of an archaeologist and her pet severed head doesn’t, at least to our ears, sound like the most exciting premise for a sequel. And even Prometheus’ fan-baiting final shot, »
As we reported earlier today, Alien: Covenant is the official title of Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel. 20th Century Fox has revealed the official logo and release date, with the film arriving in October, 2017. They've also shared the first synopsis. And it reveals what could be a startling revelation. Is Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw dead? And is she not coming back? Here is the official synopsis, which gives away the basic plot.
"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."
This arrived from an official press release that came directly from 20th Century Fox. As you can see, only Michael Fassbender is confirmed to return, »
20th Century Fox has announced Ridley Scott's return to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant. This will be the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus. It will connect directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. The studio has released the official title treatment, which gives us our first look at the new logo.
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.
What happened to Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw, who was last seen carrying the severed head of David? The actress is not mentioned in the official press release that went out his morning for this sci-fi prequel. »
First he changed the title to Alien: Paradise Lost, and now Ridley Scott has announced that his upcoming follow-up to Prometheus has undergone another change of name, and will now be called Alien: Covenant.
Speaking about how The Martian came about, Scott said that: “I was going to be doing what will be called Alien: Covenant, which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, ‘Listen, we’ve got this thing which is completely written called Martian, and I said, ‘Huh.’ And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, ‘I need to talk to ‘Drew Goddard…’”
- Gary Collinson
Director Ridley Scott revealed in September that his highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's Prometheus will now be called Alien: Paradise Lost, an announcement that thrilled and excited fans of the filmmaker's beloved Alien franchise. He later said that this sequel will actually connect to the Xenomorphs from the original Alien and Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ripley character, although we still don't know how these connections will be made yet. While we still don't know too much about the plot, the filmmaker revealed in a new interview with IndieWire that the title has changed yet again, to Alien: Covenant. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, about how he was working on this sequel when he was approached to make The Martian.
"I've got no plan. I go from pillar to post randomly. I have this childlike fascination and thrill of doing it. I was going to be doing what will be called Alien: Covenant, »
As Ridley Scott puts the finishing touches to his script for the upcoming Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost, bringing the franchise closer in line to the Alien franchise, screenwriter Damon Lindelof has been speaking to THR about how he went about doing the opposite on first movie – rewriting Jon Spaihts’ script Alien Zero to make Prometheus less of a direct prequel to the original sci-fi horror classic.
I thought that there were a lot of really great ideas embedded in it. I felt Jon had done a number of really smart things, but I tried to figure out why is it that they are sending the script to me? What is it that they think that I can do? …the language of ‘Alien Zero’ was very much an ‘Alien’ reboot, in my opinion. There were facehuggers, and xenomorphs, and eggs, in the language of that movie, by page 30. I had heard [‘Prometheus’] was a prequel, »
- Gary Collinson
With only a few short months before Alien: Paradise Lost gets production underway, Ridley Scott has added well-known screenwriter John Logan to help Scott's vision come to life. Logan's resume reads as such:
The hope for Logan is that he will improve on the groundwork that Prometheus laid. As Alien: Paradise Lost will be a direct sequel from the previous film. There is yet to be much more detail outside of Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender returning to travel the universe. However, there are rumors that this new film will begin to reveal what truly created the Aliens that Sigourney Weaver fights many years in the future.
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
Alien: Paradise Lost, the upcoming sequel to Prometheus, is aiming to begin production next February, but not without a few revisions to its screenplay. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) was originally brought in to pen the sequel's script, after which Michael Green (Green Lantern) was hired to rewrite Paglen's draft. Now Variety reports (spotted by /Film) that John Logan (Spectre), who has... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Back in September, director Ridley Scott revealed that his highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's Prometheus will now be called Alien: Paradise Lost, an announcement that thrilled and excited fans of the filmmaker's beloved Alien franchise. He later said that this sequel will actually connect to the Xenomorphs from the original Alien and Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ripley character, although we still don't know how these connections will be made yet. During a new interview with IGN, the filmmaker expressed some remorse for letting the franchise "get away" from him, teasing once again that Alien: Paradise Lost will eventually help bridge the gap between Prometheus and the original Alien.
"I'm trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one [Alien] get away from me - I shouldn't have. I'm trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I'm coming back into the back-end of »
Prometheus was a thousand and one razor-sharp ideas crammed into a bag made of paper – the whole thing bursts and cuts you deep the moment you start poking it too hard. Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel has ambition in spades and it’s jaw-dropping on a technical level, but its story is a total mess. If this […]
- Jacob Hall
The Xenomorph. Arguably one of the most terrifyingly putrid, haunting and downright eerie creations in cinema history first slithered into our nightmares back in ’79 with Ridley Scott’s seminal Alien. Dreamed up in horrifying fashion by late Swish surrealist artist H.R. Giger, the acid-spewing creature quickly became a staple of Scott’s franchise, and the director hinted recently that we’ll finally discover who or what created “such a dreadful thing” with 2017’s Alien: Paradise Lost.
It was a plot seeded in 2012’s Prometheus, and the involvement of the all-powerful Engineers (Aka Space Jockeys) is surely a story strand that will weave its way back into Scott’s sequel. One thing’s for sure, the director has a grand vision about aligning the two universes over the next few years.
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Speaking with IGN upon doing press rounds for The Martian, the reputable filmmaker once again »
- Michael Briers
It sounds like we're finally going to find out who (or what) created the Xenomorphs in Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus sequels. Speaking to IGN, the director confirmed that the first sequel, Alien: Paradist Lost, will begin shooting in February, and eventually they'll answer the questions originally posed in 1979's Alien. "There will be another after [Paradise Lost]," he insisted, "And then maybe we'll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?” Last week, Scott told Variety that he's overseeing rewrites of the sequel's script. He elaborated on that further with IGN, claiming "I'm trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one get away from me – I shouldn’t have… I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I’m gradually getting to Alien 1." Handling »
With Ridley Scott opting to no longer avoid the "Alien" comparisons with his upcoming "Prometheus" sequel currently entitled "Alien: Paradise Lost," the filmmaker has revealed his desire to head back into the universe which he created. He also hopes to fix the big problem everyone had with the first film - the script.
To that effect, Scott has turned to Oscar nominated "Gladiator" and "Skyfall" scribe and "Penny Dreadful" creator John Logan to work on the screenplay. Scott and Logan will revise and polish the current script ahead of the film's shoot in February.
Scott also admits to IGN that he now feels ownership of this universe, which is why he probably help shelve Neill Blomkamp's "Aliens" sequel:
I'm trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one ['Alien'] get away from me - I shouldn't have… I'm trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the »
- Garth Franklin
While director Ridley Scott's most recent film, "The Martian," is hitting fandom in all the right places, his prior venture into space, "Prometheus," has some of his most ardent fans divided right down the middle. Despite the fact that Scott repeatedly said before its release that "Prometheus" was not a direct prequel to "Alien," fans couldn't seem to shake their disappointment when the dots between the two films didn't quite connect.
Contrary to popular opinion, this was no accident, and in a recent interview with at Loyola Marymount University (via THR), writer Damon Lindelof went into great detail, describing why the script turned out the way it did.
A draft of the script--which was called "Alien Zero" back then--was sent to Lindelof by Scott, and after looking it over, Lindelof had some opinions regarding the story. The big thing of note was that the previous writer, Jon Spaihts, had »
- Joseph Medina
With production poised to begin in February of next year, Variety has learned that 20th Century Fox has recruited Skyfall scribe John Logan in order to revise the script for Alien: Paradise Lost, Ridley Scott’s follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus. It’ll mark a reunion for the esteemed director, who first collaborated with Logan on swords and sandals epic Gladiator more than a decade ago.
Part and parcel of Paradise Lost‘s prolonged pre-production window is the script being subject to numerous revisions. Prior to Logan coming aboard – fresh from co-writing Sam Mendes’ Spectre – Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) penned early drafts of Scott’s sci-fi sequel, and it’s understood that Logan’s addition to the project will help piece that vision together.
Per Variety (via ComicBook):
- Michael Briers
With production on the Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost set to get underway early in 2016, Variety is reporting that Ridley Scott is currently reworking the script with John Logan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Gladiator.
Logan – whose other credits include the likes of The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall and Spectre – will be working on a script that has already been developed by Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Green Lantern).
- Gary Collinson
In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the James Bond YouTube page has released a new featurette that explores this world record explosion.
Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux - who appear in the scene - accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on Spectre. The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives. »
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