May 19, 2017: Spacefarers confront new terrors in Alien: Covenant
UNITED STATES - Alien: Covenant arrives on screens, the fifth movie in the horror saga that began with Alien (1979) and the third with Ridley Scott at the helm. Scott, who directed the original, plans two more episodes after Covenant and promises answers to the hanging questions in the Alien story line.
The new movie tells the story of a deadly fight for survival after the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they believe is an uncharted paradise on a remote planet. It is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Covenant follows Prometheus (2012). Directed by Scott, it is set decades before the crew of the starship Nostromo first tangled with an acid-blooded xenomorph. The five prequels, beginning with Prometheus, follow a timeline that brings the story up to meet the time of the original.
Scott revealed at a press conference in Australia in 2015, published by the Hollywood Reporter, that Covenant and the following two films will be origin stories that answer the “very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?”
Alien: Covenant is produced by 20th Century Fox. John Logan and Dante Harper wrote the screenplay from a story by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. It stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby.