Alien: Covenant will attempt to achieve what Prometheus simply could not. Connect the dots between the prequel series and the modern day movies. While the stories are growing ever more complex with new characters and settings taking place, many fans of the franchise are waiting to see how Ridley Scott will draw a connection between now and the original 1979 science-fiction blockbuster Alien.
As the filmmaker was quizzed about his plan for the universe, he said that a screenplay for Alien: Covenant 2 is already underway.
"Right now we've got a ten-page synopsis," he remarked. "John Logan's doing it. And we know where we're going with it."
Yet it is the inaugural heroine Sigourney Weaver and her character Ripley that has many intrigued if she will return in some capacity. So close after Disney brought back a younger Princess Leia through the magic of CGI in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is the technology there to de-age the actress some 37 years from her current 67-year old self to a time when she was just 30?
Scott simply replied, ""You could do that."
Hope to Despair In One Message
20th Century Fox are pulling out all the stops to ensure that anticipation is at fever pitch for the film's May 19 opening. With a short teaser that starts with a "begin transmission" message, the new hero of the piece in Katherine Waterston's Daniels sends a message of hope back to her father.
"I think it's on," she starts as she pulls the camera closer into focus. "Hi dad. I'm here on the Covenant. This is a transmission back to earth so - I'm excited for what we're doing. Reshaping an entire planet. Building a new life for 2000 families. Children. My kids someday. Yeah I think I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. Now that it's actually happening now that I'm up here, Earth is getting smaller and smaller." As the fear and anxiety begins to creep into her voice, Daniels admits, "I'm never going to see you again. If something does happen to me dad, I just want you to know I love you so much. OK, I gotta go."
Human Endeavour Pushed To The Limits
Billy Crudup's first mate of the Covenant offered a completely contrasting tone to Daniels, unnerved by the impending doom surrounding him to be focused on the mission at hand. Playing the part of Christopher Oram, his video blog was forthright from start to finish.
"The majesty of creation lies before us now," he starts. "Ours to discover. We shall behold wonders heretofore unimagined."
That's the spirit. What could possibly go wrong?