When discussing about his work on "The Martian," Ridley Scott mentioned that his upcoming "Prometheus" sequel, "Alien: Prometheus," had a new title: "Alien: Covenant."
Speaking with Indiewire, he dropped the new title in conversation while explaining how he came to work on "The Martian," saying, "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'..."
Scott has also revealed he envisions three sequels to “Prometheus,” with the last tying into his 1979 classic “Alien.” He also mentioned “Alien: Covenant’s” “connections with Ripley” in an earlier interview. However, it is unclear how and why Scott has decided to change the title, though both have a Biblical theme; "Paradise Lost" refers to John Milton's epic poem about Lucifer's fall from Heaven, while "Covenant" refers to the Old Testament agreement between God and the Israelites.
Starring Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, “Alien: Covenant” is expected to begin production in February 2016. The film is scheduled for a May 30, 2017 release.