South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (District 9) had a pitch for a sequel to Aliens that would ignore the events of Alien 3 (which killed the surviving characters from the previous film) and the much-maligned Alien: Resurrection that followed it, but this idea was put on the backburner in favor of making sequels to Prometheus under the Alien name. Blomkamp has released concept art before, but now he’s released two pieces that are curiously timed after the Fox-Disney deal was announced.
Blomkamp released two more images from the vault through his Instagram page — one showing the Xenomorph playing peek-a-boo in a chute (to the unpleasant surprise of a Colonial Marine), while the other revealed a new-and-improved dropship:
With Alien: Covenant barely breaking even and reports suggesting that Scott’s planned sequel to that film has been indefinitely delayed as a result of the Disney buyout, the future of the Alien prequel series is definitely up in the air. Meanwhile, the film division of Twentieth Century Fox is soon to be under new management once the landmark deal with Disney inevitably goes through. Based on these circumstances, it’s entirely possible that Blomkamp is trying to drum up enough support for his planned concept — which fans seemed more willing to embrace than they were with a Prometheus sequel — in order to get his movie made. Disney’s CEO has stated that he’s up for making R-rated movies with Fox’s resources, so there might just be hope for a proper conclusion to Ellen Ripley’s story arc yet, complete with all the gory details.
Alien: Covenant is available on home video and streaming. The movie’s cast includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.
‘Alien Covenant:’ 5 Things That Worked, 5 Things That…
This past weekend, Alien: Covenant hit theaters. Ridley Scott’s follow-up to Prometheus, the Alien prequel continued to tell tales before the events of the Nostromo crew. This time, the crew of the Covenant, a colonization crew responds to a distress signal and finds even more terrifying things. We here at Heroic Hollywood thought the film was a valiant effort, but did not live up to Ridley Scott’s classic film and was overall a C+. Like Prometheus, Alien: Covenant was a divisive film, even amongst hardcore fans. The mixed reviews did not stop theatergoers from going to see the latest installment as the film was the number one movie this past weekend, dethroning Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. So, there’s still a lot of love for this franchise.
As stated before, the film was a divisive one. It did capture some of the horrors that the franchise desperately needed. It also did not correct the mistakes of the previous film, and in fact once again raised more questions than it answered. Even if you thought it was a flawed film, there were a lot of good things to take in with the bad. Here are some of the good and bad in Alien: Covenant. SPOILERS GALORE!! Click Next to take a look…