Despite the fact that we have a little over a year to go before its expected release, Alien: Covenant is already one of the most exciting upcoming sci-fi projects. Directed by Ridley Scott, it’s designed as a sequel to the 2012 thriller Prometheus.
Nothing particularly revealing (such as a teaser or trailer) has been released just yet, but there are already a few things we know about this project.
First is that the core cast will largely resemble that of Prometheus. At least, according to the film’s IMDB page, David (Michael Fassbender) and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) will be back. Prominent newcomers will include Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride.
A brief synopsis for the movie has been released, and can be read via a quote from Fox in an article at Collider: “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.” In that world, David is supposedly the sole inhabitant, which initially led many to believe Rapace wasn’t returning (given that Prometheus ended with the two characters together on the planet). However, Rapace has been confirmed for a small role at least.
This story is meant to be the second part of a prequel leading up to the events of 1979’s Alien. And while details are scant, we’re already beginning to see other pieces of Alien-related entertainment either advertising its release or capitalizing on the excitement – or both.
At one prominent platform for real money gaming online, an “Aliens” slot machine is currently being featured. It includes footage of the aliens “coming out of the walls” as part of an atmosphere that was designed to imitate that of Scott’s film series. In a way this sort of licensed gaming material serves as an advertisement for the upcoming movie in and of itself. But it also speaks to the popularity of the franchise that it’s still being used to lure gamers.
Even a couple of years ago we saw perhaps a more prominent gaming release in the form of Alien: Isolation, the product of a leading British game developer. Isolation was an action/adventure game for Playstation, Xbox, and Windows devices, and earned a pretty good critical reception by basing itself thoroughly on Scott’s saga.
Games like these demonstrate the enduring popularity of the Alien series even in the four years since the release of Prometheus. And though we haven’t seen or learned too much about Alien: Covenant just yet, every indication is that it will be more of the same. And for this series, that’s something fans will likely be happy to see.