Alien: Covenant

Matt Hatton Says Noomi Rapace Had to Approve the Later Drawings of Shaw

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PraetorianMember3378 XPJan-24-2018 4:28 PM

I have found some interesting comments made by concept artist Matt Hatton on his Instagram page last December:

Hatton: 'She (Rapace) had to approve the later drawings. As I say these are earlier/rejected roughs that never got that far. I guess she did need to see the final sculpture though. I think MF was more freaked out...'


Hatton: 'We were initially told that they should be 'nasty', and indeed it was an r-rated horror film!'

I think this drawing shared by Hatton is very similar to the artwork created by Khang Le for the movie:


Hatton: ' explanation of how it sees thermally a bit like a snake. Which I thought both explained the seeming lack of eyes and would be a nice twist on why it hates fire (not being burned so much as being blinded by the heat).'


Hatton: 'Trying to get that Giger aesthetic in everywhere I could, even if it was subtle.'


Hatton: 'More of David 'improving' what was started by the Engineers...'


19 Responses to Matt Hatton Says Noomi Rapace Had to Approve the Later Drawings of Shaw


FacehuggerMember164 XPJan-24-2018 7:50 PM

Well, it shows Noomi has good taste, read the script and has an eye for what would make sense.  David supposededly 'cared' for her, which wouldn't have resulted in the mess we see in the other drawings.  This rings clear in the fact he saves a picture of her, and in the end, did not disturb her face (which the face might equate to the 'soul' for the soul-less).  Or...the eyes in particular.

Some of the other drawings seem very odd, as if the story or Giger wasn't paramount in the art (looks like Fly movie art).  I don't see a biomechanical bend to these, but it's late LOL.


FacehuggerMember299 XPJan-25-2018 6:44 AM

Wow more incredible art work which would have made this movie kick ass too bad Ridley has no spine for real gore. 


DeaconMember10358 XPJan-25-2018 8:29 AM

I think its interesting to ask Rappace, i think as her Image was going to be used in the movie she has a bit of a right to give her TWO Cents to how they portray her likeness.   I however dont see her as someone who is really against her being depicted in scenes of depravity and torture though, she certainly would not complain or cant complain if her Corpse showed Nudity etc as she is someone who is not afraid to do these kinds of scenes in movies.

I think she was disappointed with how Alien Covenant had  been done, because i think she felt that there really was more to her story that could have been explored, rather than by-passed with only The Crossing giving her some Screen Time.

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


DeaconMember10358 XPJan-25-2018 8:30 AM

ATI you are one post away from a score of 666...

Make it something Satanic ;)

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


FacehuggerMember299 XPJan-25-2018 9:38 AM

Its a total shame what they did to Shaw's character. I think they wanted to keep consistency with the lack of character development in the prequel series by killing her off, off-screen. 


FacehuggerMember240 XPJan-25-2018 10:42 AM

All of the art fascinates me to this day.  I do wish they kept more Shaw.  I remember when we are all theorizing what Covenant would be many moons ago.  Shaw played a really cool part.  I even remember a theory that she was the one that crashed the Juggernaut during Davids bombing. 


FacehuggerMember299 XPJan-25-2018 10:53 AM

I just really think they need a new director. Same as the director of Blade Runner 2049 improved upon the original, I think someone with an actual imagination like that could elevate the prequel series out of the amateur bin. 


PraetorianMember3418 XPJan-25-2018 2:51 PM

If that is the last we have seen of Dr. Shaw then I do believe we were ripped off a bit. Is that really it?

40 seconds of Dr. Shaw making eyes at David in Prologue: The Crossing while charging up the spaghetti in his neck and then straight to her opened up, shown for seconds, in Alien: Covenant. I really hope that is not the last seen of Dr. Shaw but the outlook is very poor. David does write of mutagen reanimation in his notes so it might be wide open for business on Planet 4 for a Dr. Shaw xeno-zombie comeback.

The Hatton image (above) can give us a little hope when showing a xenomorph factory similar to the Khang Le image (below).

Two different concept artists appear to have the same instructions from production in regards to concepts for the Prometheus this embryo set up might be something yet to see in a future film. I love Le's other variations for mass production below.


Peter Weyland TED Talk February 28, 2023.


PraetorianMember3378 XPJan-25-2018 5:00 PM

BigDave - Done! 8D It's 666 now.


PraetorianMember3378 XPJan-25-2018 5:02 PM

Davefried81 - Who knows what the future holds? :)


PraetorianMember3378 XPJan-25-2018 5:33 PM

Ingeniero - 'Two different concept artists appear to have the same instructions from production in regards to concepts for the Prometheus this embryo set up might be something yet to see in a future film.'

I think the same.

'I love Le's other variations for mass production below.'

Khang Le's work showing the garden of 'mass production' resembles some scenes of the movie 'Forbidden World (1982) - one of the well-known Alien rip-offs.'

Stills from Forbidden World:


TrilobiteMember8212 XPJan-25-2018 5:47 PM

BigDave "666 the number of the beast" Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden

Sorry my upvote just killed it.


PraetorianMember3378 XPJan-25-2018 5:52 PM

dk - Thank you for saving me. It's 667 now. :)


TrilobiteMember8212 XPJan-25-2018 6:12 PM

Ati Oh dear, I am afraid you are doomed. Not only did you get the number, you made the 13th post to the thread! What other superstitions can we reference?


TrilobiteMember8212 XPJan-25-2018 6:17 PM

Fear not, Ati! You will be ok!



PraetorianMember3378 XPJan-25-2018 6:25 PM

Awesome, dk, I'll save that image and run to buy some lottery tickets. 8D


DeaconMember10358 XPJan-27-2018 1:41 PM

Ha Ha Iron Maiden... certainly... those Engineers should have Run to the Hills ;)

Good Job this person is not around any more...

He would soon be onto ATI's Case ;)

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


DeaconMember10358 XPJan-27-2018 1:42 PM

Indeed those concepts are very interesting and from 2014, and seem to add up very close to the clues the Source had passed on in Feb 2015, that they obtained from November 2014 ;)

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


NeomorphMember1656 XPJan-29-2018 8:18 AM

It is nice (some sort of fair play) that she got to see them if that is what happened.

Shaw was more likable in the Crossing than she was in the whole Prometheus movie.

Critters5: They should have had some of that artwork in the movie. I doubt that the overall quality would have improved drastically but a bit at least. Yeah I also agree that they should get a new director, someone that cares about the humans and not only about androids. Another David movie will be boring if that means that 60% or more of the time it will be about David. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of hope in Scott, as long as he is the director there is a chance that we will get one David movie after another unless someone really makes him shift the focus of the prequels.

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