Ridley Scott’s 2012 pseudo-prequel to the “Alien” franchise, “Prometheus,” was supposed to jump-start a new series set within that terrifying sci-fi universe. The mixed reception to the film slowed down those plans a bit, but the upcoming “Alien: Covenant” appears to aim somewhat of a course correction.
If the first trailer is any indication, then Scott and company seem to be back on track already. The latest poster for the sixth film in the franchise (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator movies … which we aren’t) continues the trend, giving audiences a stunningly beautiful teaser.
The image seems to rely heavily on the “Covenant” subtitle, giving us a faux-stone sculpture relief of a biblical-looking struggle between the Xenomorphs, Engineers and hapless humans that wouldn’t look out of place in a (seriously screwed-up) church. Surprise, surprise — the Engineers and humans don’t seem to stand much of a chance.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Opening May 19, director Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir and Nathaniel Dean.