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Prometheus sequel gets new title and official synopsis


Story by Jack Foley

THE sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has changed its name once again.

Having originally been conceived – simply – as Prometheus 2, the film was then re-named to Alien: Paradise Lost.

But 20th Century Fox has now confirmed that the movie, to be directed by Scott, will now be titled Alien: Covenant.

The new title was first revealed by Scott himself during an appearance at the AFI Film Festival. But it has since been confirmed by Fox via Twitter, accompanied by a title card for the movie.

The studio then released a new synopsis for Covenant, revealing that the title comes from a new ship introduced in the movie. Prometheus was also named after the spaceship the crew travelled in.

The synopsis reads: “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 (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”

Ironically, the synopsis does not mention the character played by Noomi Rapace in the original Prometheus, who is thought to be returning as well.

It does, however, confirm plans for a trilogy built around the Prometheus/Alien legacy, which could also extend further… to the related Alien movie being put together by Neill Blomkamp, which would be a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens. It should be noted, though, that Blomkamp’s project is now temporarily on hold while Scott’s follow-up moves into production in February 2016.

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