Alien: Covenant 2 is written and ready to begin filming as early as next year, 2018! During another Alien: Covenant set visit report, this time by the Sydney Morning Herald, we learned a bit more about Ridley Scott's highly anticipated Prometheus sequel. This article will summarize these updates.
Another Alien Suit Actor
The report begins by introducing us to Andrew Crawford, a tall, slender dancer who, like Javier Botet, will be representing the Aliens in Alien: Covenant.
A lean figure in a black leotard is carefully fitted with a new ribbed body. Then a long slippery head inspired by a goblin shark. Still wearing his Nike runners, he climbs onto a high bench to be fitted with two long spindly legs supported by Oscar Pistorius style blades.
As dancer Andrew Crawford magically transforms into a freaky almost-three-metre-tall sci-fi creature – complete with remote-controlled flicking tongue – legendary director-producer Ridley Scott heads over from a tent filled with four giant-screen monitors.
Guy Pearce Confirmed to Return as Weyland
It was rumored months ago that Guy Pearce would be reprising his role as Peter Weyland in Alien: Covenant, for a flashback scene with Michael Fassbender's David - the scene with David in a white uniform next to the piano (from the fist Alien: Covenant trailer). At the time, this rumor was unconfirmed and so I held off on reporting it. However now, we have confirmation that Guy Pearce was indeed on set and will indeed reprise his role as Weyland!
Also in the movie are James Franco, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride and Australians Guy Pearce, Nathaniel Dean, Tess Haubrich, Uli Latukefu and Benjamin Rigby.
Alien: Covenant is about evolution
Scott remarks that Alien: Covenant is primarily focused on evolution - the evolution of the Alien and will be an intelligent film, not just a generic slasher/horror:
"There's some good stuff in it," he says. "It talks about evolution really. But that said, it's pretty scary."
Alien: Covenant 2 is written and ready to film next year
Tailing off their report, they revealed that Scott and 20th Century Fox already have the sequel to Alien: Covenant written and ready to go as early as next year! Ridley Scott doesn't wish to wait long between films:
While working on Alien: Covenant, he had the next instalment written so he is ready to keep advancing the saga.
"You've got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you'd better be ready," he says. "You don't want a two-year gap. So I'll be ready to go again next year."
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"A lean figure in a black leotard is carefully fitted with a new ribbed body. Then a long slippery head inspired by a goblin shark. Still wearing his Nike runners, he climbs onto a high bench to be fitted with two long spindly legs supported by Oscar Pistorius style blades."
"Then a long slippery head inspired by a goblin shark."
This could mean a few things
1. He is playing an adult neomorph, which may have the organic hinge-jaw and not the second mouth. The smaller ones we see in the trailer could still be fairly young.
2. He is playing an adult Deacon. There were reports that Trilobites were seen on set of the film, though I'm not sure if this was ever confirmed. It's possible that he could play one in a flashback sequence, where Deacons have over run the planet when David and Shaw land. This could explain why Shaw is using the hypersleep chamber room as a safe haven.
My educated guess is that he's playing a Neomorph. Goblin sharks, after all, are ghostly white. This combined with my guess that they have the Deacon's hinged jaw make me believe that it's an adult Neomorph
.. I can imagine the full Aliens movies weekend session .. Prometheus, Covenant, Covenant 2, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Resurrection .. huh .. almost like SW saga .. AVP has been ignored for personal reason :)
As much as I am excited for this, Ridley Scott has pissed me off, big time. Scott said that Blomkamp's Alien 5 would be made after covenant and that he was producing it. Ridley Scott is simply backstabbing Blomkamp so that he can have his agenda put first, even though the majority of alien fans want Blomkamp's alien movie first.
Let's face it, Scott is in his 80's and needs to get this film series done. I'm sure Blomkamp will have an upportunity but as the industry goes, its all about the money and not really about the fan base. I rather see Scott finish his series before he kicks the bucket. Blomkamp is young and has plenty of time.
Maybe Ridley can't afford to put live engineers in this movie due to budget cuts... so he goes with dead engineers that are cheap and easy to make... no need to spend that time and money on make up and costume like in Prometheus
I'd be fine if Blomkamp's movie never got made, to be honest.
Anyway, FOX will finance whatever their best bet is, it's not Ridleys decision. For whatever reason, they're fine with putting Alien 5 on hold. Consider the possibility that they don't want Blomkamp to direct such a sensitive property. You can imagine they'd rather entice Cameron with it.
As much as I would've loved to have seen a follow up to my favorite movie of all time I have to say I'm absolutely loving where Scott is taking this franchise. Sigourney weaver and beihn aren't getting any younger either so not sure how they could even make it work anyways
This is awesome news! The Goblin Shark looking head makes me think (like others here) the Deacon will make an appearance, which will be interesting if that's really what it is.
So, the theory that the sequel was filmed or partly filmed along with Covenant was off a little off, but the sort of idea still kind of applies. Hopefully this movie hits a little harder in the box office, so that there is no hesitation like with Covenant in the first place or even the game, Alien: Isolation
This was bound to happen it was the most logical way to approach it.. Ridley Scott did say when he was working with Prometheus 2 that he planed a Trilogy Prometheus, and TWO others.
After worked went quiet on that front 2014-2015 he then came out and said they are doing a sequel Alien Covenant and that it would indeed have a Sequels itself... and then hopefully maybe a 3rd movie that would then give us the Space Jockey Story.
But the planned AC and Sequel would drive into the back door of Alien and any 3rd movie if they did one.
So the Plan always seemed to be that they would have TWO Prometheus sequels.... and with Ridley Scotts Age it is the Alien Prequel Saga that he wished to complete and leave a Legacy First.
FOX have faith to back him in this respect and so they deemed a Alien 5 as not being as important.. they want to get AC and its Sequel done first.
Alien 5 is not canceled...
It would seem they want to shoot a Alien Covenant Sequel this year to release late 2018 maybe first half of 2019..
Then after that, maybe Alien 5 can get the Go Ahead?
If Miss Weaver is too old... she can play a smaller role or a older Ripley and the Torch would be passed on more to Newt, than Blomkamps Plans... it would seem his ideas may need to be adjusted to reflect the Age of Actors he wished to play in his Alien 5
WORST CASE SCENERIO
If its 10 years time before any Alien 5 is made... i can see them doing the kind of Retcon Alien 3 and Alien R idea still and i think Blomkamps ideas would be evolved to at very least be a Alien 5 movie with a Newt involved... even if its in 10 years time they shoot it..
This does not mean it has to be set 40 years after Alien... and they play a 77 year old Sigourney Weaver, she could be given a more cameo Role with more Advanced CGI overlay to make her younger and i am sure in 10 years they can vastly improve over Terminator Genysis and Star Wars Rogue One
So they could still have a story set 25 years after Aliens with a late 30's Newt in the lead Role.
Personally i would rather see more of Ridley Scott's prequel films than Blomkamps movie. I do not want to see another movie where Sigourney was shoehorned into the movie, although i do agree with Blomkamp and i pretend part 3 and Resurrection dont exist. Resurrection is an abomination of cheezy and awful dialog that simply is best suited for Asylum Films. Not saying Blomkamp cant do a great Alien film its just that other that District 9 which i love his production has been spotty.
With this new film in the series and some of the answers or facts about the mission revealed it makes Prometheus much more coherent. I went back and watched it several times and it came together very well. I recommend you try it.
1st make a DIRECTOR'S CUT ON Alien Covenant. Stop relying on fans to make stuff for you. Stop trying to fit it (stupidly) in 2 hours. You left out too much as 'deleted scenes'. Poor editing (transitions) in 1 or 2 places. Do that 1st!
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