I’m still surprised that we got a trailer for Blade Runner 2049 before Alien: Covenant, but we have finally got our first look at the Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel on Christmas Day. Not only did we get a trailer, but it was a red-band trailer which was 20th Century Fox’s way of saying, “Don’t worry, this will be a hard R film.”
To see the Alien: Covenant trailer in all its gory and swearing goodness, check it out below:
I’m actually surprised by how little of Michael Fassbender we see in the first Alien: Covenant trailer. As the only returning face from Prometheus thus far, I expected to see a lot more from him then just the few glimpses we got.
There is also something kind of underwhelming about this trailer. The whole trailer feels like it was put together to sell the horror aspect of it, but the thing that makes the Alien franchise so special is that the films were intelligent horror movies. Even Prometheus felt like there was more going on in their trailers than anything I see here. Along with the tagline “Run,” my enthusiasm for this project is swaying just a bit, as all the promotion is about selling the monster aspect.
Having said that, it seems that director Ridley Scott is in top form here to deliver the scares. We see some classic Alien iconography and connective tissue to Prometheu,s so my big hope is that this trailer was meant for the masses, but the actual film is bit more mythological and nuanced. Sure I’m a bit miffed that the trailer only seems to sell the monster aspec,t but I’ll be damned if they didn’t sell that impeccably well.
Visually this film looks stunning, and I expect no less from Scott. As much as I may think Prometheus suffered from a lot of story problems, he was still able to massage it into a fine film. I like Prometheus at a conceptual level, and I hope the mixed reviews it got hasn’t pushed Alien: Covenant too far away from the big ideas these prequels originally set out to tackle.
Alien: Covenant will premiere in theaters on May 19, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Alien: Covenant also stars Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride,Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and apparently James Franco. Ridley Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan.