Alien, directed by Ridley Scott in 1979, is a combination of sci-fi and horror where a monster called Xenomorph was stalking the crew of the Nostromo. But that only lasted until Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) defeated this creature to the grave. At that point, this film had become a classic and a whole franchise was started. Three sequels were made throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Ridley Scott returned to the franchise in 2012 and started a prequel series in Prometheus, and later a follow-up, Alien: Covenant.
Alien: Covenant, starring Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), shows a colony ship and its crew on a distant planet that looks like a really great place. As it turns out, it’s not so lovely after all.
Looking into Alien: Covenant, we will see that it fits into the overall franchise as a sequel to Prometheus. Waterston said: “I think it has elements of both films. Like, it’s got some aspects that are similar to Prometheus and then it does feel, in many ways, like a return to the original. But again, it’s its own thing, too, and sometimes I think describing things in those terms limits it in a way and gives the audience information it’s better for them not to have”.
“When I first saw the original Alien, I didn’t even know what I was about to see, I had never seen a trailer or anything. My friend’s older brother put it on to traumatize us — which it did – and I think that will be the most fun way to watch this movie too — with fresh eyes. So I don’t like to give too much away about that. But obviously you look at IMDB, you know Michael Fassbender’s in it, so there is going to be a connection from Prometheus.”
Katherine Waterston’s colleagues in this movie will be Michael Fassbender as Walter, in addition to reprising his role as the Prometheus android David; Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace will play Peter Weyland and Dr. Elizabeth.
There are not many details about the connection between Alien: Covenant and Prometheus and the original Alien movie. Because Waterston didn’t want to say much about it, the movie will probably be a story Scott and Fox are trying to keep from fans all over the world so that they could go into Alien: Covenant with fresh eyes. That is one reason. Second is that there could be another movie before the prequel series connects to Alien. Scott did reveal his plans for potentially a third and fourth movie in the Alien series in which the last prequel will be directly connected to the first 1979 film.
After the rebooted series, starting with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, there will most likely only be two more movies. But, it seems like Fox has another film in development: Alien 5, directed by Neill Blomkamp, which takes place after the event of Alien: Resurrection and it should complete Ellen Ripley’s story. There is a lack of details about the connection between Alien: Covenant and the original Alien but it shouldn’t bother us because Ridley Scott’s world is coming to us soon. Alien: Covenant will hit theaters in May next year.