Touting a return to the Alien franchise’s horror roots, 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott have been unleashing an onslaught of marketing pieces over the past few months. Everything from trailers, to original featurettes, and stylized commercials. We’ve seen a few of the teaser posters for Alien: Covenant as well with the “Run” and “Hide” motifs, calling back to the original 1979 Alien‘s poster designs. Today, Fox released the first official poster for the upcoming film, and it’s pretty incredible.
The poster takes inspiration from many of H.R. Giger’s original concepts (and later sculptures), creating a uniformly disturbing take with almost religious symbolism, like some sort of Sistine Chapel from the darkest regions of Hell or Gustave Dore’s illustrations for Dante’s Inferno. With the charcoal grays and mix of exoskeletons and xenomorphs and facehuggers, the overall image creates an unsettling yet exciting feeling of what’s to come in Ridley Scott’s return to not only Alien (after Prometheus) but the horror genre as well.
Check out the full poster below:
Examining the poster closer and you can probably make out the Alien Queen’s head from James Cameron’s Aliens in the top part of the poster. In two months we’ll know for sure if the Queen herself will make a return in the new movie or if it was meant more as a welcoming return to the world of Alien? Scott has gone on record saying he has a slew of sequels in mind that will expand and ultimately connect with his original masterpiece, but for now, let’s just get around to seeing Alien: Covenant first.
Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) stars with Michael Fassbender returning as Prometheus‘ android David and ew android Walter, with a crew that includes Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down), as well as Alex England (Gods Of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (The Killing), Jussie Smollett (Empire), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills). James Franco will also co-star.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
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