Director Ridley Scott has got a new “Alien” movie coming out in 2017, but here’s the catch: It’s not really an “Alien” movie.

All the significant characters from the franchise such as Ripley and Hudson will not be featured prominently in this film and new aliens will be introduced instead.

Ripley from Alien
Source; LA Weekly

Confused? Don’t be.

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We’re merely talking about “Alien: Covenant”, the sequel to Scott’s 2012 sci-fi film “Prometheus” and the 2nd prequel to the “Alien” franchise. The movie was previously titled “Prometheus 2” and “Alien: Paradise Lost”, but Scott announced the new title last week during the AFI Film Festival.

20th Century Fox confirmed it by unveiling the official logo, release date, and synopsis of the film.

Alien Covenant

The studio announced that “Alien: Covenant” is due to be released on 6th October 2017, sharing the same date as Warner Bros‘ “The Jungle Book: Origins“.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in “ALIEN” with “ALIEN: COVENANT”, the 2nd 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.

Production on “Alien: Covenant” is set to begin in February next year in Australia, with Michael Fassbender returning to reprise his role as android David.

Source: SciFiNow
Source: SciFiNow

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is also expected to return to play scientist Elizabeth Shaw, but her character is strangely absent from the synopsis.

The last we checked, both Shaw and David have embarked on an alien ship to make their way to Engineer’s home planet in search of answers. Shaw’s absence in the synopsis simply raised many concerns from fans of the franchise, but we’re hoping that it’s only because she hadn’t signed her contract yet.

Source: We Got This Covered
Source: We Got This Covered

Jack Paglen (of “Transcendence” fame) and Michael Green (of “Green Lantern” fame) will be penning the script, with Scott previously revealing that the film will “pull back from the Xenomorphs and introduce a new alien”. Fans are hoping that the sequel will fix a number of plot holes from the first film that was only being praised for its visual aesthetic design and acting.

This isn’t the only project that Scott is working on because he has got several projects including “The Cartel”, “Blade Runner 2“, and “Alien 5” currently brewing as well.

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