When The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof was brought on board to work on the script for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the writer and director also had discussions on where the journey that begins in the Alien prequel could go in future films. While Lindelof did not return to write the following film, Alien: Covenant, he did speak with Collider about his reaction to the film and discussed what plot details could be explored in future films.
Explaining how his unique relationship to the material affects his view of Alien: Covenant, Lindelof revealed his reaction to the film and praised many elements of the production:
“I can’t respond to Covenant along the lines of ‘I like it’, ‘I don’t like it’, ‘It’s good’ or ‘It’s bad’ because of my relationship to that material. That said, anytime I go to a movie I’m going to the movie because I want to like it and I was able to do that with Covenant. I really wanted to like it and therefore I was able to like it. I thought that Fassbender’s performance was off the hook. I love Ridley Scott’s filmmaking and there’s some incredibly beautiful filmmaking in that movie, so I programmed myself to enjoy the experience and I was successful in achieving my programming, I will say that.”
Lindelof also discussed which story ideas could be included in a potential sequel that had not been explored in Alien: Covenant:
“I think that one of the conversations that we had at the end of Prometheus is, Shaw and David have basically locked in on the coordinates of the planet where the Engineers came from. What does that place look like? Ridley called it ‘Paradise’. What happens when they land on that planet? It doesn’t feel like they’ve gotten there yet in Covenant, Covenant felt like it maybe was a detour prior to them arriving at the place of origin so I don’t want to spoil any place that he might still be wanting to go, but the conversations that he and I had about where the story goes next were largely about the place where the Engineers were from and less the events of Covenant.”
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Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz.
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