Ridley Scott’s return to form is shaping up nicely it seems, as the world of Alien will be expanding in a more familiar direction starting May 19th, 2017 next year. The director’s follow-up to the 2012 sci-fi thriller seems like it took a long time to get here but it’s finally here.
In addition to announcing the release date, the studio revealed a haunting new poster. It’s stolid in its presentation, relying on presence rather than panache. A simple black background with a xenomorph emerging from the darkness as the stilted use of the word “Run” sits at the top and “May 19” rests at the bottom.
The movie is expected to pick up after the events of the original Prometheus, in which the main character and her sadistic, synthetic sidekick took to the skies to head to the home world of the Engineers. Only, this time the story follows a crew who happens upon the synth, David… apparently he was the lone survivor of the expedition.
This raises all sorts of questions about the potential plot. I also wish this was a slow build toward a proper Aliens vs Predator film, given that the Engineers and the Predators seemed like perfect rivals. But alas, it’s Hollywood and they seem more intent on rehashes, remasters and reboots than giving people what they want.
Heck, the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was a perfect example of pushing politics ahead of entertainment.
Let’s see if the entertainment can trump the politics when it comes to Alien: Covenant. Also ,this movie better be darned good for them to have delayed Neil Blompkamp’s rendition of Aliens, which was supposed to star Sigourney Weaver. I really wanted to see his redo of Aliens 3 because the original third movie sucked really badly.
I guess we’ll find out just how good Alien: Covenant is when it inevitably releases on May 19th next year.