Considering we’re still 68 days away from the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien-prequel/Prometheus-sequel, Alien: Covenant, expect plenty more theorizing and conjecture before the film invades US Theaters on May 19th. We’ve been told to expect another teaser later this week, but hardcore fans can’t help but study and discuss every frame in hopes of unlocking a riddle that hasn’t even been completely presented yet.
I’ve been spending a lot of time on the fan site Alien-Covenant.com. They absolutely traffic in rumors just as much as official reports, but everything they’ve posted so far has turned out to be correct; so there’s reason to give credence to the claims found within, while maintaining a natural skepticism. After news sources began reporting on set visits that took place in 2016, the folks at Alien-Covenant.com sifted through the data to created several bullet points to consider. The most interesting are:
- Elizabeth Saw from Prometheus (played by Noomi Rapace) might just be an alien! We already knew that she had a small part in the film, as it was reported that she was only on set for a single day. I had previously hypothesized that Shaw was dead and that Rapace would be seen in some sort of holographic log only. We’ve been loving the new Neomorph, seen in the latest trailer for Covenant, and assumed this was the “spine burster” resulting from infection by black-goo spores. But what if this isn’t correct? What if Shaw is the Neomorph?
- On set, Scott was quoted: One piece of art that I kept going back to was a Giger-esque drawing of Shaw’s head (Noomi Rapace) surrounded by bio-mechanical tubes, as if she was mutating into something (I thought the first Xenomorph from ALIEN perhaps?). I was surprised they would let such a picture out there for us to see – so keep that in mind, it may be sly misdirection on the Studio’s part.
- The reports of the death of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 may have been exaggerated. Plans for Blomkamp’s continuation of the Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) story arch have been on ice since Scott decided to return to the franchise he launched in 1979. While it was originally assumed that Alien 5 could only be made once Scott was done (and Scott has no plans to quit anytime soon), this may not be true. Apparently, Scott and 20th Century Fox have created a 10-page “Rule Book” for other filmmakers looking to helm further installment in the Alien Does this mean Blomkamp will finally get to work on a film fans have been begging for? Time will tell. Damn, who else would love to get their hands on this document?
- The FX in Alien: Covenant are mostly practical, so fans worried about CGI overload, or alarmed by the use of motion-capture suits, need to chill.
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Check out the video below from Acid Glow for more extrapolation regarding the Shaw-is-an-Alien theory. Below that, peep the most recent trailer and synopsis for Alien: Covenant. Let us know what you think about all of this in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.