And that’s more significant than you might think when it comes to part 2 of the Prometheus trilogy.
When Prometheus hit theaters in 2012, word was that it would be the first in a new trilogy of films eventually linking up with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien.
Turns out, we’re not going to have to wait that long.
20th Century Fox announced today that Prometheus 2 isn’t actually going to be called Prometheus 2 – or, in fact, have any connection to the “Prometheus” branding whatsoever. Instead, the Prometheus sequel is going to be called Alien: Covenant.
That’s not to say the movie itself won’t link up with Prometheus. The plot of Alien: Covenant will find a colony spaceship called the Covenant bound for “what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.” And guess who’s waiting on that world: everyone’s favorite creepy decapitated synthetic, David (Michael Fassbender, reprising his role).
Which means we’ve got some questions, not the least of which is whether or not David is still just a head, or has he found a new body?
But more than that, what planet is he on? At the end of Prometheus, David and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) took an Engineer ship (the Engineers, remember, are the giant humanoid aliens that supposedly created humans) and set a course for the Engineer homeworld in an effort to discover why humanity’s creators now want to make humans extinct. It seems like we can assume Shaw died, whether from old age or unnatural causes, but if David is on the Engineer homeworld, maybe he’s carrying a warning for the would-be colonists.
That brings us to the final REALLY interesting part of the announcement: Alien: Covenant will directly link up to the original Alien, meaning we won’t have to wait until a Prometheus 3 to find out what happened to the ship Ellen Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo found. Plus, maybe Prometheus 3, or whatever it ends up being called, might be able to fill in some gaps about what happened while Ripley was in stasis between Alien and Aliens.
Alien: Covenant is due to hit theaters October 6, 2017 (yes, 2017), we can expect a LOT more details in the coming year (or two), but for the moment, it’s pretty exciting to think that we might finally have some real answers about the origins of one of the most feared horror icons ever created.