Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant has been one of the busiest titles when it comes to marketing and advertising. Every other day it felt like we were getting another TV spot, poster, behind the scenes feature or completely original spin-off short.
With the film’s imminent release (unless of course, you live in the UK in which case you can head on down to your local cinema and watch it right now), GEEK decided to compile a handful of the most recent promotional material, making this your one-stop-shop for all things Alien: Covenant.
Prologue Shows What Happened After Events of Prometheus
After Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’s (Noomi Rapace) journey to find humanity’s creators goes total awry she finds herself the only living survivor of the crew of Prometheus. Still eager for answers, Shaw and the severed head of Michael Fassbender’s David take to the stars in search of more. This original prologue (following on the heels of the “Last Supper” one) is vital to understanding the larger world of Alien: Covenant given her role in the new film would be minimal at best (at least based on early reactions and marketing). Judging by this clip and the events leading up to Alien: Covenant it’s safe to say the post-Prometheus mission doesn’t go well either.
Adam Savage Visits The Set Of Alien: Covenant
Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage taking a tour of the set, showing how the various structures in the film are created. Savage has done a ton of videos like this including one on an intricate board game made around Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. A movie set is an often surreal environment. The level of craftsmanship and care that goes into every detail of the sets, props, lighting and costumes often feels underused in a final film. In the end, it’s all about the larger vision but at least Savage shines a light on all the smaller details in this behind the scenes video from the set of Alien: Covenant.
Neil Blomkamp’s Alien Film Is Dead, Says Ridley Scott
Right around the same time that Ridley Scott announced he was doing a sequel to his 2012 film Prometheus, there were rumblings of a separate fifth chapter in the Alien-proper universe. District 9 director Neil Blomkamp had started sharing concept art for a proposed Alien 5 film which would follow Sigourney Weaver’s, Ripley. The project inevitably was put on hold due to Scott’s insistence that he continue the franchise with prequels and it looks like we may never get to see that Blomkamp version after all. During an interview with French site Allocine, Scott’s remarked that
“I think [Blomkamp’s film] will never see the light… There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of ten pages. I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because [20th Century] Fox decided that [they] did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant.”
Alien: Covenant Sequel To Start Shooting Very Soon
More recently, Scott said in a new interview that his next Alien movie is being written right now and that he intends to start shooting the film sometime next year or as he states “within the next 14 months.” There were rumors that the sequel would be titled Alien: Awakening but word is still out on that. During the same interview, Scott also spoke again about Blomkamp’s Alien film, trying to clarify what he had originally said. Suffice to say, that movie is most definitely not going to happen:
“They wanted to do (Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie). I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have. Except I do question – why have both (Blomkamp’s Alien and Scott’s Alien) out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off – it doesn’t make sense. But they didn’t go forward with it, Fox, so I just kind of kept out of it.”
Turns out Alien 5 directed by Neil Blomkamp and starring Sigourney Weaver as Ripley once again is another “film that could have been.” As for Ridley Scott and his Alien films, the dude plans to make plenty more of them.
New Clips Introduce Spinbuster and Facehugger
Next up are a couple of exclusive clips from the new movie and in typical Alien fashion, they revolve around the nastiness of the xenomorph’s predilection to burst from human bodies, and grapple to our faces and shove long tendrils down our throats.
The first clip introduces us to the aptly named Spinebuster, so called because…Well, I’m sure it obvious. It’s a brief clip, but grisly and violent and a little NSFW even for just 30 seconds. Carmen Ejogo’s Karine is locked in a room with a crewmember who’s about to give birth to a new alien via his back while crewmate Faris (Amy Seimetz) absolutely refuses to let her out. It’s pretty intense and definitely shows director Ridley Scott’s insistence that Alien: Covenant will be more in line with the horror-movie routes of his 1979 masterpiece.
The second clip re-introduces us to the iconic Facehugger, first introduced to audiences in 1979’s Alien. The nasty little creature zips around and terrorizes a couple of crew members ultimately making friends with Demian Bichir‘s character. Just because Bichir’s character is down for the count doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of the movie, remember John Hurt carrying on like everything was fine? Uli Latukefu’s Cole shows some team spirit and appears to rip the Facehugger off and save the day but I wouldn’t count on either character making it to the end credits.
HBO First Look
Earlier this week HBO presented a First Look special at the terrors that will befall the crew of the Covenant. The special sneak-peek shows off some never before seen, behind the scenes footage as well as introducing audiences to the world Ridley Scott first helped create nearly 40 years ago, as well as the new members of the cast.
One of the crown jewels in the Alien: Covenant marketing machine was the release of several stellar posters. Many of them honed in on a “Run, Hide, Pray…Prey” motif before releasing an almost H.R. Giger-influenced official poster. Just a week before release, 20th Century Fox unveiled three new posters that share a common “characters in close-up peril” design. Obviously, the Xenomorph centered one looks to be taken directly from the highly-advertised shot of the creature in action from the official trailer, but the other two show off the extensive focus on horror, with two characters ravaged with fear and trembling in an icky shade of green.
Ridley Scott On The Problems With Prometheus
Finally, whether you’re going to see Alien: Covenant in theaters or not might depend on how you felt about Ridley Scott’s previous excursion into the world of the Xenomorphs (or lack thereof), Prometheus. Over the years, the film has been the subject of much scrutiny over its character logic (they’re pretty moronic) as well as leaving many unanswered questions in a world where many were hoping for more ties to Scott (and James Cameron’s) original Alien-verse. Rest assured, director Ridley Scott has heard those complaints
VFX supervisor Neil Corbuld stated that following Prometheus, director Ridley Scott “listened to the audience” and learned “that they want more aliens” in the upcoming movie.
“….we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’,” the filmmaker told Yahoo, referring to the xenomorph.
“The fans, in a funny kind of way — they’re not the final word — but they are the reflection of your doubts about something,” he added, “and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take [the fans’ reaction] into account.”
That’s it for us! Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco. The film hits theaters May 19, 2017, and is out now in cinemas throughout the UK.
Images: 20th Century Fox