Prometheus was a beautifully shot film with a terrible screenplay. Albeit it was better than either Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, but it was a movie with wasted promise, and it took things too far away from the horror of the Alien universe, and it even dropped the name.
Seems like director Ridley Scott is course correcting with the next film in the prequel series by going back to what made the original Alien a classic. Another thing they’re doing with the prequel-sequel is adding the Xenomorphs back into the mix but apparently are getting a new name.
Huge spoilers for Alien: Covenant below!
In an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Mark Goodier (via Birth.Movies.Death.), Michael Fassbender revealed that the Xenomorphs in the upcoming film will be called Neomorphs. It is a cool sounding name, although I’m not entirely certain why they just can’t be called Xenomorphs.
AVP Galaxy not only confirmed the new names for the Xenomorphs but also gave us more details on what to expect in the film to come.
These Aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed.
These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils. The spores cause the growth of the Neomorphs inside the infected hosts – something that is reminiscent of William Gibson’s first draft of Alien 3.
One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a “backburster”. The other crew member’s Neomorph erupts through their throat. The births are preceded by the eruption of two small dorsal spikes. These spikes and a pointed skull are also used to break out of an embryonic sack (similar to the Deacon in Prometheus).
The Neomorph resembles some of the older concept art of the proto-Aliens from Prometheus (see below), specifically the white colouration, with a pointed head and two dorsal spines. Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from Alien 3.
When they mature, they grow significantly larger and walk on their back legs. They were more animal-like in behaviour with fang-like teeth. Unlike the earlier Prometheus concepts, the Neomorphs also have tails. In addition, the adult Neomorphs also developed a slightly translucent appearance (harkening back to unused concepts from Alien and Prometheus) as previously rumored.
Well, I suppose if they don’t look like traditional Xenomorphs, it makes sense to give them a new name. It also makes me wonder where the Deacon alien (from Prometheus) fits in the Neomorph/Xenomorph scale and whether that creature will ever be really explained.
Alien: Covenant will premiere in theaters on August 4, 2017. Here’s an official synopsis:
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.