Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space.
Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and written by John Logan and Dante Harper from a story by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. A joint American and British production, the film is a sequel to Prometheus (2012), the second installment in the Alien prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Scott. The film features returning star Michael Fassbender reprising his role as David from Prometheus and Katherine Waterston, with Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir in supporting roles. It follows the crew of a colony ship that lands on an uncharted planet and makes a terrifying discovery.
Principal photography on the film began on April 4, 2016, at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, and wrapped on July 19, 2016. On November 18, 2016, additional photography was scheduled to take place at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire. Effects houses Odd Studios and CreatureNFX provided the film’s makeup and animatronic creature effects, respectively, while Australian-based effects house Animal Logic provided the film’s digital visual effects.
Approximately 30 people from CreatureNFX worked on the project for almost six months building animatronics. Actors wearing creature suits with animatronic heads were used to portray the aliens, and casting calls for the aliens specifically asked for people between the age of 8 and 40 who were skinny, very tall or very short, strong and physically agile, and preferably skilled in fast movement, acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics, contortion, and “Cirque du Soleil-type performers.”
Scott reported that the first cut version of Covenant after filming went to two hours and twenty-three minutes, eventually edited down to the two hours and three minutes of the released version. The eleven deleted scenes were reported to be planned for release on home media, though no news was given of the release of a possible director’s cut of the film.
Alien: Covenant grossed a worldwide total of $240.7 million, including $74.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $166.4 million in other countries, against a production budget of $97 million. Fox released the film in several countries before the United States. It was released in 34 markets, where it debuted to $40.1 million, opening at number one in 19 of them. Its overall rank for the weekend was second behind the continued run of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The top openings were in South Korea ($7.2 million), the UK ($6.4 million), France ($4.5 million), Australia ($3.1 million), and Mexico ($2.5 million). In China, the film was released on June 16 and grossed $30 million, topping the box office.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Guy Pearce, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Tess Haubrich
Screenplay by: John Logan
Production Design by: Chris Seagers
Cinematography by: Dariusz Wolski
Film Editing by: Pietro Scalia
Costume Design by: Janty Yates
Set Decoration by: Victor J. Zolfo
Art Direction by: Damien Drew, Ian Gracie, art director, Jacinta Leong, Adam O’Neill, Charlie Revai
Music by: Jed Kurzel
MPAA Rating: R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 19, 2017