Despite the divisive feelings audiences and critics had toward the ALIEN franchise’s pseudo-sequel, PROMETHEUS, it made a good deal of money. Not surprisingly, a sequel, titled ALIEN: COVENANT, is now in production in Australia. Taking place 10 years after PROMETHEUS, ALIEN: COVENANT follows “the crew of a colony ship (called Covenant) who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise only to find a dark, dangerous world-whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
With that said, via the Aliens Anthology Twitter page, 20th Century Fox has revealed a 1st look at the film which confirms one nefarious corporation’s involvement in the film’s plot.
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) April 26, 2016
In the picture featured above, if you look closely, you’ll see that the infamous Weyland-Yutani Corporation emblem is visible on a crew member of the Covenant vessel. Though this detail may not seem like a big deal (especially given the Corporation’s involvement with many events in the franchise), in regards to the new film’s setting (particularly, in relation to the 1979 ALIEN film), it implies a great deal. In PROMETHEUS, for example, the Weyland Corporation was the sole benefactor of the Prometheus expedition; therefore by acknowledging the Corporation’s merger with the Yutani Corporation it implies that a merger may have occurred based on the fate of the former founder’s (and his heir’s) fate in the prior film. Also, acknowledging this corporation merger brings us that much closer to connecting the sequel to the original 1979 film, which saw Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver’s) character hired by the same corporation to help man an expedition (see a pattern?).
ALIEN: COVENANT opens October 6th, 2017.
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