Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ridley Scott|
|Music by||Jed Kurzel|
|Edited by||Pietro Scalia|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$240.9 million|
Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by John Logan and Dante Harper, from a story by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. A joint American and British production, the film is a sequel to Prometheus (2012), the second installment in the Alien prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Scott. The film features returning star Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston, with Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir in supporting roles. It follows the crew of a colony ship that lands on an uncharted planet and makes a terrifying discovery.
In 2012, prior to the release of Prometheus, Ridley Scott discussed the prospects of a sequel and new trilogy, and the film was confirmed that August. Principal photography began on April 4, 2016, at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, and wrapped on July 19, 2016. Effects houses Odd Studios and CreatureNFX provided the film's makeup and animatronic creature effects. Scott said that the first cut of the film was two hours and twenty-three minutes long, and was eventually edited down to the two hours and three minutes of the released version.
Alien: Covenant premiered in London on May 4, 2017. It was released on May 12 in the United Kingdom, and on May 19 in the United States. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised Fassbender's performance, and grossed a worldwide total of $240 million against a production budget of around $111 million.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Themes
- 4 Production
- 5 Music
- 6 Release
- 7 Reception
- 8 Sequel
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In a prologue, business magnate Peter Weyland speaks with his newly activated android, who chooses the name "David" after observing Michelangelo’s statue of David. Weyland tells David that one day they will search for mankind's creator together. David comments on his own unlimited lifespan compared to his creator's limited one, which unsettles Weyland.
In 2104, 10 years after the Prometheus expedition, the colonization ship Covenant is bound for remote planet Origae-6, with two thousand colonists in stasis and 1,140 human embryos aboard. The ship is monitored by Walter, a newer android model that physically resembles David. A neutrino blast damages the ship, killing 47 colonists. Walter orders the ship's computer to wake the crew of 15, which includes several married couples. The ship's captain, Jake Branson, dies when his stasis pod malfunctions and he is burned alive inside the pod. While repairing the ship, the crew picks up a radio transmission of a human voice from a nearby planet, which appears eminently more habitable than Origae-6 (still 7 years away). Despite the protests of Daniels, Branson’s widow, that this new "perfect" planet is too good to be true, newly-promoted captain Oram decides that they are going to divert and check the new planet.
With pilot Tennessee maintaining Covenant in orbit, his wife Maggie flies a small lander to the Earth-like planet's surface, where an expedition team tracks the transmission's signal to a crashed alien ship. Crew members Ledward and Hallett are infected by spores from a black fungus-like organism. Oram's wife Karine helps the increasingly ill Ledward back to the lander where Maggie quarantines them inside the med-bay. A small, pale, alien neomorph bursts from Ledward's back, killing him, and then kills Karine. Maggie attempts to kill the creature with a shotgun, but triggers an explosion which kills her and destroys the lander. Nearby, another neomorph bursts from Hallett's mouth, killing him as well.
The neomorphs attack the remaining crew and kill Ankor. The crew manages to kill a neomorph before David, who survived the Prometheus mission, scares away the other, and leads the crew to a temple in a city full of dead humanoids. David tells them that upon his and fellow Prometheus survivor Elizabeth Shaw's arrival at the planet, their ship released a black liquid bio-weapon which annihilated the native population and that Shaw died when the ship crashed in the ensuing chaos. The crew members attempt to contact the Covenant but are prevented by fierce storms. When a neomorph infiltrates the structure and kills Rosenthal, David tries to communicate with the creature, and is horrified when Oram kills it. Oram questions David, who reveals that the aliens are a result of his experimenting with the black liquid in an attempt to create a new species. He manipulates Oram into being attacked by a facehugger alien. An alien xenomorph later erupts from Oram's chest, killing him.
As the others search for Oram and Rosenthal, Walter finds Shaw's dissected corpse, used by David as material for his evolving creature designs. David explains that he believes humans are a dying species and should not be allowed to colonize the galaxy. When Walter disagrees, David disables him, and threatens Daniels. Walter recovers (being a superior model capable of self-repair) and fights with David while Daniels escapes. A facehugger attacks security chief Lope, but he is later rescued by crew member Cole. The now fully grown Xenomorph kills Cole, while Lope escapes and meets up with Daniels. Tennessee arrives in another lander to extract Daniels, Lope, and Walter, who claims David has "expired". They successfully kill the attacking Xenomorph and return to the Covenant.
The next morning, Daniels and Tennessee find out that another Xenomorph burst from Lope's chest, killing him, and is loose on the Covenant. It matures, and kills crew members Ricks and his wife Upworth. Remaining crew members Tennessee and Daniels lure the creature into the Covenant's terraforming bay and flush it into space.
The Covenant resumes its trip to Origae-6. As Walter helps Daniels into stasis, she realizes that he is in fact David, but is unable to escape her pod before falling asleep. David regurgitates two facehugger embryos and places them in cold storage alongside the human embryos. He then poses as Walter to record a log stating that all crewmembers except Daniels and Tennessee were killed by the neutrino blast at the beginning of the film and that the ship is still on course for Origae-6.
- Michael Fassbender as David 8 and Walter One, who are synthetic androids; David is an earlier-made android, who was formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus, and Walter is a newer model who assists the crew aboard the Covenant.
- Katherine Waterston as Daniels, the chief of terraforming for the Covenant mission and the wife/widow of the ship's captain, Jacob Branson. She's the third in command after Branson and Oram. Waterston said she was well aware of the comparisons that were going to be made between her and Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley, but that she tried not to think about it too much while filming for fear of being intimidated.
- Billy Crudup as Chris Oram, the Covenant's first mate and Karine's husband. Oram is a self-serious man of faith who believes their role on the Covenant is an act of destiny, and shares a "contentious" relationship with Daniels.
- Danny McBride as Tennessee Faris, the chief pilot of the Covenant and Maggie's husband.
- Demián Bichir as Carl Lope, the head of the security unit aboard the Covenant and husband of Sergeant Hallett.
- Carmen Ejogo as Karine Oram, the Covenant's biologist and Chris' wife.
- Jussie Smollett as Ricks, the Covenant's navigator and Upworth's husband.
- Callie Hernandez as Upworth, the Covenant's communication officer and Ricks' wife; she also has paramedic training.
- Amy Seimetz as Maggie Faris, the lander's pilot and Tennessee's wife.
- Nathaniel Dean as Hallett, a member of the security unit and Lope's husband.
- Alexander England as Ankor, a member of the security unit.
- Benjamin Rigby as Ledward, a member of the security unit.
- Uli Latukefu as Cole, a member of the security unit.
- Tess Haubrich as Sarah Rosenthal, a member of the security unit.
A number of actors appear in uncredited roles. Guy Pearce reprises his role as Peter Weyland, the trillionaire founder and CEO of Weyland Corporation (the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in “later” storylines) who died before the destruction of the Prometheus. James Franco appears onscreen in photos and a video as Jacob Branson, the first captain of the Covenant and husband of Daniels. Noomi Rapace had played archaeologist Dr. Elizabeth Shaw as a member of the destroyed Prometheus in the prequel film, and appeared in a short promotional prologue to Covenant that was set in the period between the two movies, but does not act in the final cut of the movie itself, though her voice is heard from the planet early in the film and her image and voice appear later. Logan Marshall-Green's character Charlie Holloway, also from Prometheus, also appears in an archive image alongside Shaw.
Other credited parts include Lorelei King as the voice of the Covenant's computer "Mother"; King was a colleague of Helen Horton (1923–2009), the voice of the Nostromo's "Mother" in 1979's Alien. Goran D. Kleut is credited in two roles, as both a neomorph and a xenomorph, while Andrew Crawford is credited as a neomorph.
In New York magazine, David Edelstein commented on David the android as representing a new generation of monster villains in the tradition of Frankenstein, stating: "In Star Trek, that man-machine nexus was…hopeful. Here, there's some doubt about David's ultimate motives, which puts Alien: Covenant squarely in the tradition of the Terminator and Matrix movies. And, of course, the novel Frankenstein, which carried the subtitle The Modern Prometheus. No less than Stephen Hawking—who survived with the aid of machines—has predicted that we have 100 years to live before evolved machines take human imperfection as justification for destroying humanity".
Kevin Lincoln, writing for Vulture magazine in an article titled "What Other Blockbuster Villains Can Learn From David in Alien: Covenant", gave a strong endorsement of the depiction of David as an arch-villain in the film stating: "… one franchise is showing it's still possible for a modern blockbuster to have a great villain. In Alien: Covenant, David—the android played by Michael Fassbender, first introduced in Prometheus—comes into his own as a fleshed-out, dynamic, and genuinely striking antagonist, one who isn't just an equal match for the heroes, but even becomes the central thread of the series. He's a huge part of what makes Alien: Covenant work."
Writing for Vox, Allisa Wilkinson said that "Alien: Covenant is too muddled to pull off its deeply ambitious Satan allegories". She emphasized the Miltonic demonic aspect of the android David, stating: "But David is a better Satan than Satan himself… It's as if in the Alien universe, the devil has evolved, thanks to humans creating him. David, fatally, has the ability to create—something Satan never had—and he will use that power only to destroy. He doesn't have any real need to rebel against his maker, since from the moment he became sentient, he knew he'd already won. He is indestructible, and determined to make creatures that imitate his drive for total domination."
In 2012, prior to the release of Prometheus, director Ridley Scott began hinting at the prospects of a sequel. Scott said that a sequel would follow Shaw to her next destination, "because if it is paradise, paradise cannot be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous." Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof cast doubt on his own participation, and said, "if [Scott] wants me to be involved in something, that would be hard to say no to. At the same time, I do feel like the movie might benefit from a fresh voice or a fresh take or a fresh thought." Scott said that an additional film would be required to bridge the thirty-year span written as the transpiration gap between the Prometheus sequel and Alien.
As of August 1, 2012, Fox was pursuing a sequel with Scott, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender involved, and was talking to new writers in case Lindelof did not return. In December 2012, Lindelof ultimately chose not to work on the project. Early on, Scott stated that the film would feature no xenomorphs, "The beast is done. Cooked." However, Scott later made contradictory statements, confirming the xenomorphs' presence in the film.
On September 24, Scott disclosed the film's title as Alien: Paradise Lost. In November 2015, Scott revealed the new title to be Alien: Covenant, and filming was set to begin in February 2016 in Australia. An official logo, synopsis and release date were released on November 16, 2015. During an interview concerning the development of the character of David since Prometheus, Scott indicated the dark turn which David would take in Covenant, saying, "'He hates them. He has no respect for Engineers and no respect for human beings.'"
The initial screenplay was written by Transcendence screenwriter Jack Paglen in June 2013. In March 2014, Michael Green was hired to rewrite Paglen's script. Dante Harper later wrote a new script but an extensive rewrite was performed by screenwriter John Logan. Logan had previously worked with Scott on Gladiator. For Logan, the main concept was to adopt a dual plot line for the film which would combine the horror elements of Alien with the philosophical elements of Prometheus. He said, "With Alien: Covenant, I just really wanted to write something that had the feel of the original Alien, because seeing that movie was one of the great events of my youth. It was so overpowering in terms of what it communicated to me and its implications, that when I started talking to Ridley about what became Alien: Covenant, I said, 'You know, that was a hell of a scary movie.' I wanted to write a horror movie because the Grand Guignol elements of Alien are so profound. We tried to recapture that with Alien: Covenant, while also trying to pay homage to the deeper implications of Prometheus. In terms of tone, pace, and how we chose to play this particular symphony, we wanted to create a really frightening movie."
In late August 2015, Scott confirmed that he had started scouting the locations for the film. In October 2015, the Australian government attracted the production of the film, and of Thor: Ragnarok, to Australia by providing $47.25 million in grants. Woz Productions Ltd., a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, visited Te Anau, New Zealand on March 28, 2016 for a location scout, for filming in Fiordland.
In August 2015, it was announced that the film would star Rapace and Fassbender, while Rik Barnett was in talks to join the cast. That December, Katherine Waterston was cast in the lead role of Daniels; it was Waterston's second film alongside Fassbender, after 2015's Steve Jobs. Dariusz Wolski, longtime collaborator with Scott, was confirmed to serve as the film's cinematographer. In 2016, Ridley Scott stated that Noomi Rapace would not reprise her role of Elizabeth Shaw. However, in June, it was announced that Rapace would shoot weeks' worth of scenes (though no new footage of hers appeared in the final film). In February 2016, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup, and Alexander England were reported to have joined the cast. In March 2016, newcomer Benjamin Rigby also joined the cast. In December 2016, it was announced James Franco had been added to the film, as Captain Branson, husband to Daniels and captain of the Covenant. The role of Branson in the film was limited to a cameo appearance of the deceased captain.
In an article for Cinemablend from May 2017 titled "Mythbusters' Adam Savage Toured The Set Of Alien: Covenant, And It's Wonderful", Connor Schwerdfeger included a five-minute short video of Savage's discussion of several of the props and stage sets used in the production design for the filming of different scenes from the film. In an article for The Hollywood Reporter on May 18, 2017 titled "'Alien: Covenant': How the Xenomorph Continues to Horrify Audiences Decades Later", Patrick Shanley interviewed the art director for the film, Damien Drew, and creature design supervisor Conor O'Sullivan, regarding the involvement of the San Diego Zoo and its representative Rick Schwartz as a consultant for the design of the realistic effects of the creatures and Xenomorphs appearing throughout the film. HBO First Look presented a 12-minute documentary of the production design and some of the stage sets used in the production of the film, including interviews with Scott and several leading actors in the film.
The VFX supervisor Charles Henley summarized the several vendors that were used to support production of the visual special effects seen in the film when the selection process was discussed, stating: "Both history and need guided the decisions on which vendors we used. Ridley had worked with MPC on many previous projects, in particular Prometheus for which I was MPC’s VFX supervisor as well as The Martian. There had a been a lot of great digital double and creature work done at MPC on recent projects so there was confidence they should be the lead facility. Framestore had recently worked with Ridley on space for The Martian, similarly Animal Logic now had the original crew who did the holograms for Prometheus. Also as we were shooting in Australia there was good reason and incentives to use Australian-based companies and so Luma and Rising Sun came on board."
Principal photography on the film began on April 4, 2016, at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, and wrapped on July 19, 2016. On November 18, 2016, additional photography was scheduled to take place at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire.
Effects houses Odd Studios and CreatureNFX provided the film's makeup and animatronic creature effects, respectively, while Australian-based effects house Animal Logic provided the film's digital visual effects. Approximately 30 people from CreatureNFX worked on the project for almost six months building animatronics. Actors wearing creature suits with animatronic heads were used to portray the aliens, and casting calls for the aliens specifically asked for people between the age of 8 and 40 who were skinny, very tall or very short, strong and physically agile, and preferably skilled in fast movement, acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics, contortion, and "Cirque du Soleil-type performers."
Scott reported that the first cut version of Covenant after filming went to two hours and twenty-three minutes, eventually edited down to the two hours and three minutes of the released version. The eleven deleted scenes were reported to be planned for release on home media, though no news was given of the release of a possible director's cut of the film.
Pietro Scalia, the editor of the film, spoke of the structural difficulty of integrating the two story lines in the final editing of the film in an interview with the ProVideo Coalition stating: "We moved some pieces around structurally dealing with when do we leave, what action or story beats on the planet and when to go back onto the spaceship. There were several longer beats between Farris and Tennessee trying to establish communication. Going back and forth too many times tended to make the journey to the Juggernaut and the Engineer's City belabored and tedious. We combined certain scenes between Farris and Tennessee, eliminated the walking and talking through the forest, getting the ground crew up the mountain quicker. Later on, after the attack in the Med Bay on the lander, we held back going back to Tennessee, for the part where he says: 'I never heard my wife so scared before', not after her death as scripted but after the second Neomorph birth as to not interrupt the momentum. The middle part of the film was more challenging after the reveal of David. Once the Covenant story merges with the Prometheus storyline, finding the proper structural order of the scenes proved to be difficult because of the distinctive dynamics of the two story lines in addition to the separation of the two locations of the action. In one sense, the action, the tension and unfolding drama going from one group to the other had to be balanced and spaced properly as not to lose the connective tissue of the film."
The complete list of countries representing the origin of the film was identified by BFI at the Sight and Sound as: United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Previous partial lists often listed only one of the four countries involved in the development and production of the film.
The musical score for Alien: Covenant was written by Australian musician and composer Jed Kurzel. Initially, Harry Gregson-Williams was selected as the film's composer, but confirmed in November 2016 that he was no longer working on the film, stating that "schedules and one's expectations of scoring a film don't always fit and this one wasn't going to work out." When the first trailer was released in late 2016, it was at this time that Kurzel was revealed as the replacement for Gregson-Williams. Themes of Jerry Goldsmith's original score to Alien were incorporated, as well as Marc Streitenfeld's and Harry Gregson-Williams' score to Prometheus. A version of "Nature Boy" sung by Norwegian singer and songwriter AURORA was used in the first trailer, while another song, "Under the Water", was used in an extended promotional footage featuring the character Daniels portrayed by Katherine Waterston battling a xenomorph.
Additional song credits include: "Theme from Alien" composed by Jerry Goldsmith, "Das Rheingold, Scene 4: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla" composed by Richard Wagner, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver, "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" by Fred Gilbert, "Ancient Flute", "Life" and "We Were Right" composed by Harry Gregson-Williams, and "Let Me Down Easy" by Paolo Nutini.
Alien: Covenant premiered on May 4, 2017, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The film was released on May 19 in the United States, in 2D and IMAX 2D. It was originally set to be released on October 7, 2017 before being moved up to August 4, and then again to its final date.
The film was released in Mainland China on June 16, 2017, but is trimmed by 6 minutes, leaving the film total released length in China at 116 minutes. It is very likely that the move was due to usual censorship by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, because of the monstrous violence depicted in the movie and the removal of the David-Walter 'kiss' scene which was deleted due to LGBT censorship sensitivities in China.
Alien: Covenant was released in Japan on September 15, 2017.
The release of the film was accompanied by a novelization of the film by Alan Dean Foster, who also authored the novelization of the original Alien film from the 1970s. A companion volume of the art and stage design of the film was released at the same time, written by Simon Ward and titled The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant.
A second Covenant novel authored by the same writer of the film's novelization was initially billed as a book sequel to the film to be released in September 2017, before being revealed as a direct prequel to Covenant under the title Alien: Covenant – Origins. Titan Books, as the publisher for this direct prequel, released a plot summary promoting the release of the book on September 26, 2017, stating, "As the colony ship Covenant prepares for launch, and the final members of the crew are chosen, a series of violent events reveals a conspiracy to sabotage the launch. Yet the perpetrators remain hidden behind a veil of secrecy. The threat reaches all the way up to Hideo Yutani—the head of the newly merged Weyland-Yutani Corporation—when his daughter is kidnapped. Is the conspiracy the product of corporate espionage, or is it something even more sinister? While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife Daniels prepare the ship, Security chief Dan Lopé signs a key member of his team, and together they seek to stop the technologically advanced saboteurs before anyone else is killed, and the ship itself is destroyed in orbit." The novel's first edition mistakenly refers to Jacob Branson as Jacob Brandon throughout the novel.
Alien: Covenant was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on August 15, 2017. The home release includes an audio commentary by the director, and 22 minutes of missing scenes and unused footage from the first cut of the film.
Virtual Reality Experience
On April 26, 2017, 20th Century Fox released Alien: Covenant In Utero, a virtual reality interactive demo teaser for Alien: Covenant for the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR. The experience was produced by RSA, FoxNext VR, MPC, Mach1, AMD Radeon, and Dell Alienware. The trailer is a first-person experience in which the viewer plays the role of a neomorph. The experience was executive produced by Scott, and directed by David Karlak.
Alien: Covenant grossed a worldwide total of $240.9 million, including $74.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $166.6 million in other countries, against a production budget of $97 million.
Fox released the film in several countries before the United States. It was released in 34 markets, where it debuted to $40.1 million, opening at number one in 19 of them. Its overall rank for the weekend was second behind the continued run of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The top openings were in South Korea ($7.2 million), the UK ($6.4 million), France ($4.5 million), Australia ($3.1 million), and Mexico ($2.5 million). In China, the film was released on June 16 and grossed $30 million, topping the box office.
In North America, the film was released alongside Everything, Everything and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, and was projected to gross around $40 million from 3,760 theaters during its opening weekend. It made $4.3 million from Thursday-night previews at about 3,000 theaters, and $15.4 million overall on its first day, which was below the $21.5 million Friday of Prometheus five years prior. It went on to open to $36.2 million, down 34% from Prometheus's debut, but still finishing first at the box office, as the second-highest debut of the canon series. In its second weekend, the film grossed $10.5 million, finishing fourth at the box office and dropping 70.9%. The film was pulled from 1,112 theaters in its third weekend and dropped another 62.3%, finishing sixth at the box office with $4 million.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 66% based on 334 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Alien: Covenant delivers another satisfying round of close-quarters deep-space terror, even if it doesn't take the saga in any new directions." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 52 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessor.
The film was praised for its visual aesthetic and design, cinematography, production design and the acting, with Michael Fassbender's dual performance as androids David and Walter receiving acclaim. However, the plot, including the mix between monster violence, character motivations, and plot reveals, drew a more mixed response.
Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw gave the film a positive review, praising the performances of its actors, and comparing it to other entries in the series, stating that the film is: "…a greatest-hits compilation of the other Alien films' freaky moments. The paradox is that though you are intended to recognise these touches, you won’t really be impressed unless you happen to be seeing them for the first time. For all this, the film is very capably made, with forceful, potent performances from Waterston and Fassbender."
Geoffrey McNab writing for The Independent found the film to be adequate in presentation and production, though not as strong in its writing, stating that Alien: Covenant: "…certainly delivers what you'd expect from an Aliens film—spectacle, body horror, strong Ripley-like female protagonists and some astonishing special effects—but there’s also a dispiriting sense that the film isn't at all sure of its own identity. The very portentous screenplay, co-written by John Logan (Coriolanus, Skyfall), throws in references to Shelley and Byron, Wagner and Michelangelo, and lots of philosophising about human origins and identity. In the meantime, the crew members pitted against the monstrous creatures are trying their darndest to blast them to kingdom come, just as they would in any run-of-the-mill sci-fi B movie."
A. O. Scott of The New York Times said: "Alien: Covenant is an interesting movie … for all its interplanetary ranging, [it] commits itself above all to the canny management of expectations." Trace Thurman, from Bloody Disgusting, gave the film a mediocre review, noting that although watching Alien: Covenant will make viewers appreciate Prometheus more, "…this is a film that was made as a response to Prometheus critics but tries to appease fans of that film as well and it doesn’t fully work." He also criticizes the overfamiliarity of the climax and insufficiently developed characters.
Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com highly praised Alien: Covenant, giving it four out of four stars, and stating that the film's structure, although repeatedly borrowing from the Alien films, serves a purpose not unlike the James Bond film series or Star Wars, "where part of the fun lies in seeing what variations the artists can bring while satisfying a rigid structure." He also emphasized that like previous films of the series, real-world logic should not be applied to the film, and "[i]nstead you have to judge it by the standards of a fever dream or nightmare, a Freudian-Jungian narrative where the thing you fear most is what happens to you." Seitz later voted for the film in the film magazine Sight & Sound as one of the five best films of 2017.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Saturn Awards||June 27, 2018||Best Science Fiction Film||Alien: Covenant||Nominated|||
In September 2015, Ridley Scott said he was planning two sequels to Prometheus, which would lead into the first Alien film, adding, "Maybe [there will] even [be] a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise." In November 2015, Scott confirmed that Alien: Covenant would be the first of three additional films in the Alien prequel series, before linking up with the original Alien and stated that the Prometheus sequels would reveal who created the xenomorph aliens. The screenplay for the third prequel film, called Alien: Awakening, was written during production of Alien: Covenant and was finished in 2017, with production scheduled to begin in 2018. In March 2017, Scott said, "If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I'm not going to close it down again. No way." In May, Scott announced that Neill Blomkamp's sequel to James Cameron's film Aliens had been cancelled. In a later interview, he said he would have participated as a producer but that 20th Century Fox had decided not to pursue the project.
Ridley Scott has confirmed in an interview the return for the next film sequel of surviving engineers who were away from their planet while David had destroyed the indigenous population of their planet. Michael Reyes, writing for Cinema Blend in July 2017, quoted Scott stating that if Sigourney Weaver could reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in the prequels, then "Well, we're heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [using CG] may be feasible. Ripley's going to be somebody's daughter, obviously. We're coming in from the back end. The time constraints of what's the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you're probably two films out from even considering her." According to reports, there will be only one additional prequel film (Alien: Awakening) before a soft reboot is made to the Alien universe, consisting of a new series of films with brand-new and original characters as well as a new setting. In the audio commentary for Alien: Covenant, Scott confirmed that a sequel to Alien: Covenant, tentatively referred to as Alien: Covenant 2, is being written by John Logan, with Fassbender, Waterston, and McBride reprising their roles. Scott also confirmed that the film will cap his prequel series, leading directly into the events of Alien. Michael Nordine, writing for Indiewire in October 2017, quoted Ridley Scott stating that Alien: Covenant 2 will focus more on the androids and A.I.s as opposed to the xenomorphs. Scott said, "I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.s. The world that the A.I. might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one."
- "Film releases". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017.
- "ALIEN: COVENANT (15)". British Board of Film Classification. May 2, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- "Alien Covenant (2017)". British Film Institute. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- "Alien: Covenant (2017)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
- "2017 Feature Film Study" (PDF). FilmL.A. Feature Film Study: 23. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
- Alien: Covenant – Origins
- Fleming Jr, Mike (12 September 2015). "Ridley Scott On 'The Martian' And Why 'Star Wars' And '2001' Sent Him To Space With 'Alien:' Toronto Q&A". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- "Michael Fassbender's New Android Named". AvP Galaxy. October 30, 2016.
- Collura, Scott (interviewer) Waterston, Katherine (interviewee) (24 December 2016). Alien: Covenant's Space Mission Revealed (Television production). IGN.
- Chris O'Falt (March 13, 2017). "'Alien: Covenant': Ridley Scott and Katherine Waterston Discuss the Series' Newest Kickass Female Lead – Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
- "Alien: Covenant: Over 70 Things to Know about Ridley Scott's Hard R-Rated Return to Horror". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
- Sneider, Jeff (February 22, 2016). "Danny McBride to Join Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- "Alien: Covenant Character Guide – Meet the New Victims". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
- "First Look At James Franco & The 'Alien: Covenant' Crew Drops Big Hint". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- "AvPGalaxy Exclusive: Surprise Guest Appearance in Alien: Covenant". AvP Galaxy. October 29, 2016.
- Anderton, Ethan (December 9, 2016). "'Alien: Covenant' Adds James Franco To The Cast". /Film. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- Noomi Rapace (26 April 2017). Alien: Covenant / Prologue: The Crossing / Official HD Clip / 2017 (YouTube video). 20th Century Fox.
- King, Lorelei. "From One Muthur to Another..." Loreleiking.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- GhostMan and Demon Hunter Show (23 May 2017). "Goran the Xenomorph from Alien Covenant". Shadow Nation (Podcast). Spreaker Podcasts Inc. Event occurs at 20:10. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- Maddox, Gary (3 March 2017). "Ridley Scott promises a return to Alien-style horror in Alien: Covenant". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- Edelstein, David. "Review: Alien: Covenant Is an Origin Story We Might Not Have Wanted". Vulture. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- Lincoln, Kevin (May 23, 2017). "What Other Blockbuster Villains Can Learn From David in Alien: Covenant". Vulture magazine.
- Allisa Wilkinson. "Alien: Covenant is too muddled to pull off its deeply ambitious Satan allegories", Vox, 17 May 2017.
- Chitwood, Adam (22 May 2017). "'Alien: Covenant': The Original Idea for the 'Prometheus' Sequel Was Very Different". Collider. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Trumbore, Dave (March 17, 2012). "WonderCon 2012: Prometheus Panel Recap Featuring Sir Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof". Collider. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- Kit, Borys (March 17, 2011). "WonderCon 2012: Ridley Scott Talks 'Prometheus' As Extended Trailer Debuts (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- Chitwood, Adam (June 11, 2012). "Prometheus Sequel Recap: What We Know Aebout the Possible Follow-Up So Far". Collider.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- Scott, Ridley (June 1, 2012). "Sir Ridley Scott, 1 June 12". BBC Online. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
Yeah, it's not the same planet at all. No. If there was a sequel to this, which there might be if the film is successful, there'll be two more of these before you even get to Alien 1.
- McClintock, Pamela (August 1, 2012). "Summer's Studio Smackdown: From 'Men in Black 3' to 'Prometheus,' Which Franchises Will Get Another Chapter". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- Weintraub, Steve (December 19, 2012). "Exclusive: Damon Lindelof Is Not Writing the Prometheus Sequel; Explains Why". Collider.com. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
- Falk, Ben (September 24, 2014). "Ridley Scott Updates Us On Prometheus 2 And Blade Runner Sequel". yahoo.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- McKittrick, Christopher (May 19, 2017). ""We wanted to create a really frightening movie!" John Logan on Alien: Covenant". TheWrap. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- Han, Angie. "Ridley Scott Announces New 'Prometheus 2′ Title". /Film. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- Perez, Rodrigo (November 13, 2015). "Ridley Scott Says 'Alien: Paradise Lost' Will Now Be Called 'Alien: Covenant'". indiewire.com. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- Chitwood, Adam (November 16, 2015). "'Prometheus' Sequel Gets Release Date and Synopsis, But Where's Noomi Rapace?". Collider.com. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- "Ridley Scott explains why David bombed the Engineers!". Alien: Covenant & Sequel Movie News. May 24, 2017.
- Kroll, Justin (June 17, 2013). "Prometheus 2 Moving Forward At Fox". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
- Sneider, Jeff (March 24, 2014). "Prometheus 2 Lands Green Lantern Writer Michael Green". TheWrap. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
- "Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA". empireonline.com. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
- "Australia Secures Two Blockbuster Films". Minister for Foreign Affairs. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
- Wroe, David; Knott, Matthew (23 October 2015). "New Alien and Thor movies to be filmed in Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- Mack, Ben (March 30, 2016). "Has Alien: Covenant landed in Fiordland". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- "Prometheus 2 Begins Filming in January!". scified.com. August 2, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
- Jaafar, Ali (December 17, 2015). "Katherine Waterston To Star In 'Alien: Covenant'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
- "Dariusz Wolski on 'The Martian', 'Alien: Covenant', 'Dark City'". Collider.com. 31 December 2015.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (June 21, 2016). "Noomi Rapace Joins 'Alien: Covenant'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- Galuppo, Mia (February 22, 2016). "Demian Bichir Joins Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
- Hipes, Patrick (February 25, 2016). "'Alien: Covenant' Crews Up: 'Empire's Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo & More Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood.
- Lincoln, Ross A. (February 25, 2016). "Billy Crudup Joining 'Alien: Covenant' & 'Jackie' Biopic". Deadline Hollywood.
- Fleming, Mike (February 26, 2016). "'Alien: Covenant' Adds Aussie Actor Alex England". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
- "Ben Rigby Joins 'Alien: Covenant'". Variety. March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
- Jagernauth, Kevin (December 9, 2016). "James Franco Has Surprise Role In 'Alien: Covenant". The Playlist. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- Hicks, Corporal (December 9, 2016). "AVPGalaxy Exclusive: James Franco To Appear in Alien: Covenant". AvP Galaxy. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- Schwerdtfeger, Conner (May 2, 2017). "Mythbusters' Adam Savage Toured The Set Of Alien: Covenant, And It's Wonderful". CinemaBlend.
- Shanley, Patrick (May 18, 2017). "'Alien: Covenant': How the Xenomorph Continues to Horrify Audiences Decades Later". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Alien: Covenant: First Look". HBO Films. May 2017 – via avpgalaxy.net.
- Frei, Vincent (June 2, 2017). "ALIEN - COVENANT: Charley Henley - Production VFX Supervisor - MPC". The Art of VFX.
- "On the Set for 4/8/16: Ridley Scott & Michael Fassbender Start 'Alien: Covenant', Benedict Cumberbatch Wraps 'Doctor Strange'". SSN Insider. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- "'Alien: Covenant' Images And Spoilers Reveal Ridley Scott's Connection To 'Prometheus'". The Inquisitr News. April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- "Alien lands in Milford?". Stuff. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- Smith, Sophia (April 8, 2016). "Alien: Covenant or Prometheus 2 Plot Spoilers: Movie Now Filming; Set 10 Years After Prometheus?". crossmap.com. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- Hall, Jacob (July 20, 2016). "'Alien: Covenant' Wraps and Shares One More Set Photo". /Film. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- "Alien: Covenant To Begin Reshoots at Leavesden Studios". AvP Galaxy. November 18, 2016.
- "Odd Studio makeup team on Mad Max Oscar win and Alien: Covenant effects". if.com. 29 March 2016.
- "CreatureNFX's Paul Trefry talks working with Ridley Scott on 'Alien: Covenant'". if.com.au. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
- "Hollywood eyes Australia as Ridley Scott's space epic Alien: Covenant films in Sydney". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 June 2016.
- "Danny McBride on 'Vice Principals,' Trump and Being Chased by Aliens". Rolling Stone. 6 July 2016.
- "Casting for Alien: Covenant Has Begun". AvP Galaxy. 28 January 2016.
- Leadbeater, Alex (May 27, 2017). "Alien: Covenant Has Very Few Deleted Scenes". Screen Rant.
- Hullfish, Steve (June 26, 2017). "ART OF THE CUT on Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, with two time Oscar-winning editor, Pietro Scalia, ACE". ProVideo Coalition journal.
- "Alien: Covenant (2017)". Sight and Sound. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
- "Alien: Covenant (2017)". AllMovie. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- "Welcome to the BFI Southbank online". whatson.bfi.org.uk.
- "'Alien: Covenant': Review".
- Williams, Owen (March 15, 2016). "Alien: Covenant – Benjamin Rigby joins the cast". Empire. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
- Hicks, Corporal (November 1, 2016). "Harry Gregson-Williams No Longer Scoring Alien: Covenant". AvP Galaxy.
- "Jed Kurzel to Score Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'". December 25, 2016.
- "Jed Kurzel's Full Score For Ridley Scott's Sci-fi Horror Film "Alien: Covenant"". YouTube.
- "Alien: Covenant – She Won't Go Quietly". Youtube.
- Brody, Richard (May 24, 2017). ""Alien: Covenant" Bursts with Pomposity". The New Yorker. Advance Publications. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
- "Alien: Covenant – Song Credits". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
- "Run, Pray, Hide: Three New TV Spots for Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
- "He's Scott got to be joking: Tom Hardy cuts a scruffy figure as he signs collidersynopsisgraphs at Alien: Covenant premiere ahead of his upcoming collaboration with director Ridley". The Daily Mail. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- "Past, present and future releases to Past, Present and Future Releases | UK Recent and Upcoming Movie". www.launchingfilms.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
- "Alien: Covenant (2017) | Fandango". Fandango. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- Perry, Spencer (November 16, 2015). "Alien: Covenant Gets a Title Treatment, Release Date and Synopsis!". comingsoon.net. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- "Alien: Covenant, Predator Release Dates Announced by Fox". Collider.com. February 28, 2016.
- Liu, Charles. "China Censored Version of 'Alien: Covenant' Has Next to No Alien in It". China Film Insider. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- "Upcoming Releases for Japan". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- Alan Dean Foster (2017). Alien: Covenant. 304 pages; Publisher: Titan Books (May 23, 2017); Language: English; ISBN 1785654780.
- Ward, Simon (2017). The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant. 192 pages; Publisher: Titan Books (May 23, 2017); Language: English; ISBN 1785653814.
- Alien: Covenant 2. 304 pages; Publisher: Titan Books (26 September 2017); Language: English; ISBN 1785654764.
- Squires, John (June 8, 2017). "Here's the Plot for Prequel Novel 'Alien: Covenant – Origins'". Bloody Disgusting.
- Perry, Spencer (July 6, 2017). "Alien: Covenant Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Release Set for August". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on July 26, 2017.
- "Be the alien you want to see in the theaters with the new Alien: Covenant VR experience". techcrunch.com. 2 May 2017.
- "A VR Experience is Born". technicolor.com. 2 May 2017.
- Brueggemann, Tom. "'Alien: Covenant' Box-Office Blunder Could Put The Series in Jeopardy | IndieWire". IndieWire. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- Chang, Justin (17 May 2017). "Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' is a sleek, suspenseful return to form". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- ""Alien: Covenant" Film Review: Ridley Scott Returns to Form With Chest-Bursting Thrills". The Tracking Board. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- Nancy Tartaglione (May 14, 2017). "'Alien: Covenant' Chomps $42M Bow; 'Guardians 2' Crosses $630M WW; 'Dangal' Soars In China – International Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
- "'Mummy' Leads Overseas; 'Wonder Woman' Cuffs $572M WW; 'Cars', 'Despicable Me' 3s Hit International Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "'Alien: Covenant,' No. 8 in the franchise, is poised to unseat 'Guardians' at the box office". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2017.
- "'Alien: Covenant' Looks To Kick 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Out Of Orbit – Box Office Preview". Deadline Hollywood. May 17, 2017.
- Mendelson, Scott. "Box Office: 'Alien: Covenant' Tops Friday With $15M, 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' Bombs". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
- "Why 'Alien: Covenant' Lost Its Bite At The B.O. With $36.1M Opening, −34% From 'Prometheus'". Deadline Hollywood. May 23, 2017.
- "How 'Pirates' & 'Baywatch' Are Casualties Of Summer Franchise Fatigue At The Domestic B.O." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
- Franklin, Garth. ""Covenant" Plummets At Box-Office – Dark Horizons". www.darkhorizons.com. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
- Scott Mendelson (June 4, 2017). "Box Office: 'Pirates 5' Sails Past $500M Worldwide, 'Baywatch' And 'Alien' Crumble". Forbes. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- "Alien: Covenant (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Alien: Covenant reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
- "[Review] 'Alien: Covenant' Disappoints, Despite a Stellar Production – Bloody Disgusting!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- "'Alien: Covenant' Review: An Exquisite, Infuriating Epic from a Sci-Fi Master". Collider. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- "Alien Covenant Reviews Round-Up". /Film. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- "Alien: Covenant". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- Bradshaw, Peter (6 May 2017). "Alien: Covenant review – Ridley Scott's latest space exploration feels all too familiar". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media Limited.
- Geoffrey McNab. "Review of Alien: Covenant". The Independent (London).
- Scott, A. O. (17 May 2017). "Review: 'Alien: Covenant' Summons Terror and Stays on Brand". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- "[Review] 'Alien: Covenant' Disappoints, Despite a Stellar Production". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- Seitz, Matt Zoller Seitz (15 May 2017). "Alien: Covenant Movie Review & Film Summary (2017)". RogerEbert.com. Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- "Matt Zoller Seitz | The Best Films of 2017 – all the votes". Sight & Sound. BFI. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
- McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
- "Ridley Scott planning 3 Prometheus sequels before link to Alien is made! (by Chris Picard)". scified.com. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
- "Ridley Scott plans three more Prometheus films before linking to Alien". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
- Osborn, Alex (14 November 2015). "Prometheus Sequel Alien: Paradise Lost May Now Be Titled Alien: Covenant". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC.
- Bulbeck, Pip (26 November 2015). "Ridley Scott: 'Alien: Covenant' Is First of 3 Films Before Linking Up With Original 'Alien'". The Hollywood Reporter. Eldridge Industries, LLC.
- Tilly, Chris; Singer, Leigh (11 November 2015). "Ridley Scott Says Prometheus Sequels Will Reveal Who Created Aliens". IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC.
- Maddox, Garry (3 March 2017). "Ridley Scott promises a return to Alien-style horror in Alien: Covenant" – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Ridley Scott promises a return to Alien-style horror in Alien: Covenant". The Sunday Morning Herald. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- Pulver, Andrew (2 May 2017). "Ridley Scott: Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 is never going to happen". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- Hicks, Corporal. "Alien: Covenant 2 to Start Shooting in 14 Months?".
- "Bravo! Sir Ridley Scott hints at sequels to Alien Covenant!". YouTube. June 18, 2017.
- Reyes, Michael (1 August 2017). "How The Next Alien Movies Could Incorporate Ripley, According To Ridley Scott". Cinemablend.com. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "Fox Reportedly "Reassessing" Future of the 'Alien' Franchise in Wake of 'Alien: Covenant'". 21 July 2017.
- Alien: Covenant – Audio Commentary
- "'Alien: Covenant': 38 Things We Learned from Ridley Scott's Audio Commentary". 1 September 2017.
- Nordine, Michael (October 8, 2017). "Ridley Scott Wants the Next 'Alien' Movie to Focus on Artificial Intelligence Instead of the Xenomorph". Indiewire.
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Alien: Covenant|