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Ridley Scott Confirms ALIEN: COVENANT Sequel to Begin Shooting in 14 Months

May 10, 2017

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While 20th Century FOX won’t be releasing Alien: Covenant till May 19, director Ridley Scott already confirmed to IGN UK that the sequel will begin filming within 14 months. He also gave new info on Neill Blomkamp’s now defunct Alien film, calling it Awakening, a title that Scott has used in reference to the possible upcoming films in the series.

“They wanted to do ALIEN, er, AWAKENING– Neill Blomkamp. I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have. Except I do question– why have both [Blomkamp’s ALIEN and Scott’s ALIEN] out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off– it doesn’t make sense.

But they didn’t go forward with it, FOX, so I just kind of kept out of it. I mean, I’d literally ignited this thing to bring it off the ground again, because it was lying there dormant on a shelf. I had this thing to bring it back up– but here we are.”

Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bachir, Jussie Smolett, Amy Seitmetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, and Billy Crudup. Noomi Rapace is expected to reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and James Franco as the Captain of the title ship.

Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world– whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Ridley Scott directs once again from a screenplay by Jack Pagan and Michael Green.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19.

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