So there’s a full trailer out now for Alien: Covenant, and in it we finally get a good look at a Xenomorph. Okay, so it’s only at the tail end that we get this clear view of the titular Alien, but it’s more than we got in the teaser trailer from a while back — so it’s not nothing.
There’s not a lot else to say about this though. I mean, it looks pretty decent, but it’s an Alien trailer, and that’s about it. You shouldn’t view that as a criticism, but the film is both an in-continuity prequel to the original while almost being a remake. The movie looks like it should, and that’s a good thing.
So the problem with dropping a trailer on Christmas Eve is that some of us take the holiday weekend off and don’t notice it. Also, we kinda forgot there was a new Alien movie coming out this spring. What can we say, 2017 is going to be a busy year.
Anywho, the trailer for Alien: Covenant is here, and… well it’s an Alien trailer. The visuals look right, the cut is sufficiently scary… but like any trailer, it’s a highlight real spliced together by a separate team of editors than the actual production staff. So, it might be good? I mean, it’s coming out two weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so the competition in theaters is going to be stiff.
I guess we’ll find out when Alien: Covenant comes out on May 19, 2017.
When the forthcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus got renamed from Prometheus 2 to Alien: Paradise Lost, we got a little nervous for the future of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5. Frankly, it seemed like bizarre brand confusion for both projects to be happening at the same time.
Well, it looks like we weren’t the only ones who thought that.
Blomkamp tweeted yesterday that Alien 5 had been placed on hold, and that he was moving on to other projects.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
Alien 5 potentially would see both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn return to the franchise, so it’s potential demise is kind of depressing for long time fans. Honestly, between Alien: Paradise Lost and Alien 5, Blomkamp’s sequel seemed like the more interesting film — and one day I hope to see it.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we briefly discuss the live action Attack on Titan movie, the forthcoming Back to the Future Doc Brown short film, a new Doctor Who spinoff called Class, Prometheus 2 getting a new name, a possible Men in Black reboot sans Will Smith, we let Nick talk about Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans), and the video game voice actors may end up striking.
Ridley Scott has revealed that Prometheus 2 is now officially titled Alien: Paradise Lost. While the Alien prequel is heading towards the original franchise, Scott says that he expects there to be at least two more installments after this before it catches up to the original.
Now Alien: Paradise Lost, of course, is not to be confused with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5. Frankly, things were already confusing enough for movie goers with the franchise being worked on from both directions. Now that the Prometheus end will have the Alien name, the situation will be even worse for casual viewers trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
But I guess if Ridley Scott was concerned with movie goers being able to figure out what the hell was going on, we wouldn’t have gotten Exodus: Gods and Kings.
We’ve known for a little while that Neill Blomkamp was working on a new Alien film, with Ridley Scott producing. To both the delight and displeasure of fans of the franchise (depending on who you asked), it looked like the director wanted to ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and just do a straight sequel to Aliens. The prevailing theory was that those two films would get retconned away.
Speaking with AlloCine, Blomkamp clarified that he didn’t want to undo the third and fourth films, just that he wants his installment to feel more directly connected to the first two films in the franchise instead.
The Aliens franchise is a complicated one. This will be the fifth film in its “main cycle,” but there are also both the crossover Alien vs. Predator films as well as the Prometheus prequel/spinoff (the latter of which has a sequel currently in production). While the series has contained films of varying quality, it is generally agreed that the first two films are the strongest.
Here’s to hoping Blomkamp provides us with something of similar quality.
“The beast is done. Cooked. I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four , I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
While the end of Prometheus (SPOILER ALERT AHEAD) featured the appearance of a xenomorph, it’s fairly clear that, for now, we won’t expect to see the little guys in the upcoming sequel or any other films that might follow. What can we expect? Scott has that answer.
“You’ll probably have to go with [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] and [Michael Fassbender’s android David] – without his head. Find out how he gets his head back on!”
So there you have it. Prometheus 2 is going to be a road comedy about a scientist and a headless android wandering the universe, getting into all sorts of wacky hijinks.
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