The movie formerly known as Prometheus 2 then briefly known as Alien: Paradise Lost has undergone another title change, henceforth the sequel/prequel will now be called Alien: Covenant. 20th Century Fox issued the first official synopsis for the soon to shoot production, and it does offer a twist on what we were expecting.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. 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.
While naming the movie after the spaceship its set on does offer a neat continuity to Prometheus, I still prefer Paradise Lost despite many corners of the internet labelling that title portentous. What is intriguing and unexpected is that this first synopsis doesn’t make any mention of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) who was last seen with what was left of android David charting an expedition to the Engineers home world. The lack of Shaw certainly raises questions, but the upside is that production begins in three months so we can expect answers in the foreseeable future.
Alien: Covenant is due for release on October 6, 2017.