I’ll just jump right into it and say that I’m not completely sold here. I’m a fan of the Alien trilogy though, and the fourth is a guilty pleasure of sorts, but I can’t really speak too much on behalf of Prometheus since I barely remember it. Frankly I recall some of the spectacle and intensity in some scenes, but I’m not gonna lie – I pretty much tuned in and out for most of the time I watched it at home.
Nevertheless, I’m not a total stranger to the set up now being offered for the next installment from director Ridley Scott in Alien: Covenant, nor some of the grievances fans expressed with its predecessor and from the looks of things, it appears Scott addresses some of them, maybe?… Ah, I don’t know. Horror usually isn’t my thing as these particular kind of films go beat-for-beat with a certain storytelling formula and from the looks of the official trailer I just know I’ll be yelling at the screen telling Billy Crudup not to get too close to the obvious alien egg hatching before him… as he does in the trailer. Obviously. Whatevs.
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.
I say just bring Ripley, the Marines and the big guns back and let Neil Blommkamp have at it because at least his vision restores just a little more confidence apart from the overall nostalgia. Other than that, Alien: Covenant is a thing that exists and otherwise seems like an earnest effort from the very man that brought us the initial 1979 horror classic. What do you guys think?
Crudup joins a cast that lists returning actor Michael Fassbender with Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby starring, and for that matter, I imagine a possible end credit tribute will be made to Alien co-star, late actor John Hurt who tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 25. I’m sure the fandom would love it.
Alien: Covenant opens May 19. Catch the trailer now.