Geekery: Santa Brought us a Xenomorph

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Ridley Scott has given us a Christmas present…

The new, very bloody, trailer was released quietly on Christmas eve after a week of stills from the set.

Note: this is a red band trailer – NSFW

It’s clear that the horror element of the original is back… a little on the slasher side this go around based on this first look.

Quick run down for those that don’t know about the project…

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second 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, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Current cast includes  Michael FassbenderKatherine WatersonAmy SeimetzDemián BichirDanny McBrideBilly Crudup, and Noomi RapaceRidley Scott is directing, and the script is the work of Jack PaglenJohn Logan, and Michael Green.

By the way – Neill Blomkamp‘s project with Sigourney Weaver seems to be treading water.



  • frankelee

    After the stupid joke that was Promotheus (It’s Prometheus!), I’ll think about seeing this if it gets around a 90%+ on the Tomatometer.

    • af

      Somewhere deep in Hollywood’s Barad-dûr, someone thinks what we truly desire is more Spiderman, Batman and Superman reboots, more King Kong and The Mummy remakes, more Aliens prequels, and of course endless Star Wars movies and sidequels.

      I want to kill this person.

  • ANevskyUSA

    This is either going to be an Aliens remake the way Predators was a Predator remake, or this will be the Attack of the Clones of the Alien franchise.

    • Mike X (Official)

      ‘Predators’ wasn’t a remake. They even referenced Arnold’s character in it.

      • ANevskyUSA

        You’re right, it wasn’t technically a remake – just like The Force Awakens wasn’t technically a remake of Star Wars. But let’s be serious here. Just as Force Awakens was a Rule 63 A New Hope that used nostalgia to try to make viewers forget about the prequels, Predators was Predator with lamer characters that hit the nostalgia button hard to make viewers try to forget about AvP.

        • Mike X (Official)

          It just added to the universe and reinforced the concepts the predator species is known for.

          • ANevskyUSA

            I’m glad that you think so. In my opinion, the addition of predator dogs and super predators only added to the universe in the sense that there was more stuff – it didn’t make it better. The idea that the predators would abduct a bunch of people from earth to hunt with the aid of dogs on some alien planet changes them entirely. Instead of being hunters who seek to test themselves against the strongest prey, they are now involved in conducting strange social experiments – a la “Cube” or “Dark City”. Half of the abductees don’t make sense from a hunting standpoint. I get the soldiers (even the Russian NAVY guy) but the Yakuza guy? The Mexican cartel guy? The psycho doctor? These characters are dangerous in a specific human social interaction context, not a Most Dangerous Game context. In the first Predator, the hunter was taking on soldiers in an active warzone. In Predator 2, the hunter was taking on gang members in an active urban warzone (Jamaican Voodoo Posse FTW!), then switching to Danny Glover when he demonstrated his skills. In Predators, it could be argued that the Mexican cartel guy operated in a warzone equivalent, but there is no good reason for the Yakuza or the doctor to be kidnapped. Unless it is less of a hunt and more of a sadistic social experiment. They are not on safari, they are pulling legs off of bugs. This is why it doesn’t enhance the Predator universe.

  • Mike X (Official)

    No thanks. It irked me enough when Ridley Scott de-canon-ized the sequels and crossovers with the Predator. FOX made a fantastic universe. Then he had the gall to make ‘Prometheus’, which completely changed the xenomorphs from an insectoid alien race that made sense to one of the easiest and laziest explanations in sci-fi: it’s just a biological weapon. Ugh. Get out of here, seriously.

    • Statham

      You lost me when you claimed Fox made a fantastic universe. When there’re only good movies out of six in one half of a franchise, that doesn’t work. Predator has better batting averages, but the AVP movies are god-freaking-awful. Scott should be knighted again for invalidating them.

      • af

        Sort of. He should indeed be knighted for invalidating the ridiculous AvP universe, then un-knighted for directing that godawful movie Prometheus, then excommunicated for unambiguously tainting Alien(s) with the sequel, which will forever be Prometheus 2 and not Alien: anything.

      • Mike X (Official)

        The AvP movies were based off the novels. Alien 3 and Resurrection had issues but weren’t terrible. The universe is pretty sweet once you get into the comics and books. Don’t just watch the movies.

        • Statham

          That wasn’t Fox doing that, though – Dark Horse and the book publishers were mostly resposible for the background material – which, again, hasn’t really been invalidated. And Alien 3 is.. Yeah, fine. It’s a rehash, but fine. Resurrection is awful, though I wonder how much of that is the clashing approaches of the creators – Whedon as a writer is.. Blegh, to me, and I’d expect more from the director of Amelie.

          But.. Yeah, I’m totally familiar with the little EU of material Dark Horse and others had created – I just thought you were trying to argue Fox had done so with the movies, and.. IMO, the movies should never have done more than what we got in Predator 2.

    • Eric Etheridge

      Honestly I ALWAYS got the biological weapon vibe from them, they look nothing like the pilot of the ship they were on after all, and they seemed to be in some sort of stasis.

      • Mike X (Official)

        I always took it as the Space Jockey was either transporting them or one accidentally stowed away on its ship. The reason they’re in “stasis” as eggs is because there were no other biological lifeforms on the planet, so no reason for them to hatch.

        • Statham

          But then they actively note that there’s some sort of field between the pilot and the egg chamber – Kane falls through it when falling into the nest, which.. Seems to wake the egg up that assaults him.

  • memitchell

    C’mon, ya’ll. What could possible go wrong?

  • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

    I am a bit disappointed that the trailer leaves nothing to the imagination… I feel like I can almost piece together what the entire movie will be about.

    • georgelabour

      shower scenes, long corridors, and death ‘shrooms that make your spine explode.

      Oh and more long corridors.

      • memitchell

        Space Hulk, Baby!

        • georgelabour

          I am pretty sure there’s no shower scene in space hulk. There’s probably not even a shower tile for it to take place in.

          Though if you look in enough fan fiction…

          • memitchell

            Oh, THAT is what could possibly go wrong!

          • cudgel

            You need to play the Blood Angels special level…

    • af

      Agreed. To be fair, though, there’s not much more that can be said about the Alien beyond the first two (awesome) movies. Sequels and prequels will either stray too far from the original material and suck (like Prometheus) or be entirely predictable.

      I say let the franchise die with dignity.

  • I’m looking forward to seeing this. I like that they named the movie after the ship that’s a good idea. An easy way to just make more Aliens movies. Although. I’d like to see aliens labyrinth, Earth Hive and Female War as well. And some of the other ones. Just because.

    • georgelabour

      Aliens Labyrinth? Without David Bowie to sing the dance magic dance song it would never work.

      Also I’m pretty sure the Dark horse comics became uncanon the moment they made the horrid decision to green light alien 3. 🙁

      • af

        But we still have Jennifer Connelly.

      • euansmith
      • I don’t recall the comics. I have the titles I listed in book form. 3 of them were released post Aliens 3. (Maybe more)

        Another funny thought about cannon. I’ve read that at one point Aliens 5 was suppose to replace Aliens 3 and change direction of the story. Something about being able to just ignore the ones they didn’t like and make a new one.

        Aliens Labyrinth had a synthetic made to look like an Alien. The characters were going to infiltrate a hive for some reason or other. ( The plot maybe…)
        It explored how the Aliens hunt/ see. something like that. Basically the are attracted to your fear, more or less.

        Sadly there was no singing or dancing.

        • georgelabour

          Ah okay apparently I’d mixed up Alien: Earth War and some of the earlier mid 90s Dark Horse series with the ones you mentioned. derp. 🙁

          • No worries. I think I know what your talking about. I never could find Dark Horse comics constantly. I remember one had soldiers being medicated with pills mads from some part of an alien and the soldiers going nucking futs.
            I’d love to see all those made into movies.

      • Iconoc1ast

        I know a singing chestburster….

      • Statham

        Dark Horse managed to adjust the stories they published between Aliens and Alien 3 – the newer collected editions they did renamed all the characters. Of course, a good number of their stories were going to be noncanon the second they tried to explain what the Space Jockeys were, or they had psychotic human generals using Xenos with dayglo branding assaulting planets.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Yeah.. as the jockey’s became the “engineers, or pavers”

  • euansmith

    Please be good… Please be good…Please be good…Please be good…

    • memitchell

      If they only release the trailer, and quit there, it’s still better than Prometheus.