For those of you keeping score, Ridley Scott has tossed out a new title for his Alien/Prometheus sequel/prequel.
First it was plain old Prometheus 2, then it became Alien: Paradise Lost, but apparently the director isn't done yet. During an interview he gave on Thursday night (Nov. 12) in Hollywood as part of the annual AFI Film Festival, Scott mentioned a third name for the film while discussing how he came to make his current hit, The Martian:
"I was going to be doing what will be called Alien: Covenant, which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, ‘Listen, we’ve got this thing which is completely written called Martian, and I said, 'Huh.' And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, ‘I need to talk to ‘Drew [Goddard, The Martian screenwriter)...'"
So wait a sec. Now Alien: Paradise Lost -- the title Scott has been using for a couple of months, at least -- has become Alien: Covenant? How did he get from Prometheus 2 to that? I have no idea, and since we don't have an inkling of what the film is about (only that we'll visit the planet of the Engineers and meet some new characters), it's difficult to theorize just what it all means.
Of course, this film wasn't called Alien-anything until Scott decided that he wanted to be the sole keeper of the franchise flame and had Neill Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5 elbowed aside so he could push Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant to the front of the line at the studio.
Alien: Covenant starts shooting early next year, as Scott mentioned, and is scheduled for a May 30, 2017, release -- by which time we expect the picture to go through at least three more titles.
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