TRAILER: Alien: Covenant

Variety recaps:

Ridley Scott’s trademark disturbing monsters dominate Fox’s first trailer for “Alien: Covenant” — including one bursting out of a body and another slithering into a shower while a couple makes love. Fox released the trailer late Saturday night as an apparent Christmas present to “Alien” fans. “Alien Covenant” is the sixth film in the franchise.

Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce are reprising their roles from “Prometheus” along with newcomers Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, James Franco and Danny McBride. Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green, and John Logan. The film follows the colony ship Covenant as it heads toward a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy.

Crew members discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, which turns out to be a dark, menacing world in which the only inhabitant is the synthetic David (Fassbender), clad in all white as a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

(Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

  • PickyPecker
  • Carl

    I don’t know. I’m a proud geek and usually embrace this sort of thing, but in this case I think Ridley did Alien right the first time and we don’t need two inferior prequels.

    • seant426

      “Prometheus” wasn’t that bad but it basically is all the same shit just retold with different actors and a different planet.

  • Been an Alien(s) fan since the first movie…thanks to my uncle taking me to the movie and it is ON!!!

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s good to indulge your inner child every now and then. Also helps prevent it from bursting out of your torso and killing everyone…

    • kaydenpat

      Also a huge fan who has watched every Alien movie. Looking forward to the latest iteration.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Im an Alien fan, too. the franchise devolved, however, into a cheap story line in alien resurrection.
      My fave was Alien 3 in the relatively abandoned, and forgotten convict colony.
      Prometheus was very visually appealing but for the life of me (and Ive watched it 3 times) the plot makes no sense and produces many more questions than answers.

  • Treant

    I read that as Alien: Convent. I didn’t get a vast amount of sleep last night…

    • Silver Badger

      You’ll have to admit, they would be a great addition to today’s christian movement.

      • fuow

        I think your tense was wrong…they ARE today’s christer movement.

        • Silver Badger

          Food for thought! Here I thought most of them were home grown, earth human bigots.

        • Miji

          I don’t think any of them are smart enough for interplanetary space travel. I doubt most could even have come up with the wheel.

    • PickyPecker
      • Silver Badger

        Happy holiday to you PP. Everybody’s favorite JMG poster!

        • PickyPecker

          Enjoy your holidays, SB!! Always good to see you. xo

          • Gustav2

            LOL my parents didn’t have much their first Christmas in California circa 1946. My mother had decorated the tree with cookies and tinsel. They and another equally “rich” couple got together for a pot luck Christmas dinner. Halfway thru dinner they saw the tree move, it was crawling with ants and a few mice.

          • clay

            There are advantages to living in a place with a hard freeze.

          • Gustav2

            I can see the sparsely ‘fooded’ table set with their wedding china, crystal and silver with Mom trying to be the perfect hostess and then…

          • Oh’behr
          • BobSF_94117

            Does anyone do popcorn garlands anymore?

          • Gustav2

            No popcorn would have made it to the tree with my Dad in the house, his favorite snack.

          • clay

            The trick to keep it from breaking– stale popcorn and oiled thread in short lengths.

          • Dazzer

            In the absolute nicest possible way, you are infinitely better than a Hallmark Christmas movie.

            We don’t do popcorn strings round anything in the UK, but we I’ve watched those movies, I’ve always wondered how on earth they kept those kernels so fluffy.

            Christmas Day and one of the great mysteries of my life is answered.

            Thank you kind sir, and seasons greetings to you and yours.

          • Joe in PA

            What a great story. And I’m not doubting the authenticity…but that sounds like the perfect story to “embellish” over the years. Hmmm, maybe that’s just MY family that does that. 🙂 Merry Merry Gustav!

          • Gustav2

            I knew the couple they had over for dinner decades later and they also told the ‘story’ plus one where my then always nervous hostess mother baked a birthday cake. She brought it out from the kitchen and it fell off the plate, then rolled. As the years went by the length of “the roll” became longer than the size of their small dining room. LOL

    • Giant Monster Gamera

      I’ll have nun of that.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’d go see that movie. Carrying a flask.

    • clay

      American Horror Story: season 11

  • Silver Badger

    Happy Holidays JMG posters and especially Joe as many of us would be without community without JMG!

  • SoCalGal20

    This thread seemed more appropriate for this. The man can’t even do a damn holiday card right.

    • Michael R
    • Dazzer

      If I hadn’t been snacking on the best roast potatoes I’ve ever made, hat picure along wih the wine I’vealready drunk today would have made me throw up.

      But love you anyway SoCalGal20 – hope your day is magnificently happy.

      • SoCalGal20

        Well I’m glad you didn’t throw up the best roast potatoes you’ve ever made!

        My day is going to be relaxing and enjoyable.

    • PickyPecker
      • Acronym Jim

        The slimy Kellyanne Conway asked Rachel Maddow at the beginning of their interview whether she (Maddow) considered Trump her President.

        Rachel, classy as always, just said “there can only be one President.” Which didn’t actually answer the question.

    • John30013

      That is really fucking sad. There’s no joy at all in that picture.Ok

      P.S., if Obama had posed for a photo with his fist raised like that, the howls from the right wing would have been deafening.

      • SoCalGal20

        No family, no smile. No wonder Melania wants to stay in NYC lol.

    • pj

      merry me

  • Gigi

    Guy Pearce and aliens? I’m in!

    • Mikey

      Guy Pearce in 100 yr old makeup, only there in flashbacks (remember, he died at the end of Prometheus)

  • PickyPecker

    Needs more male nudity. (happy holidays BKMN!)

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I love Aliens! Can’t wait for this one.

  • Steven B
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  • Prometheus was one of those “best with the sound off” sorts of movies. wow did it suck otherwise.

    once again, Hollow-wood chooses to make a totally unnecessary, unwanted, unasked for redo sequel part 22 in a franchise that should’ve stopped with the first sequel. they wonder why theaters are empty? this is why. no way i’m blowing what always ends up being no less than 20$ on something i’d skip if it were the last thing on TV at 3am.

  • Matt

    I have read Noomi Rapace will have little more than a cameo, if any appearance at all, in the film as Covenant takes place a decade after Prometheus. I just get the feeling that I’ve seen this before.

    • Mikey

      I suspect she’s going to be there only in flashbacks.

  • Michael R
    • BobSF_94117

      The last few months have made me realize why the Mormon silliness about getting your own planet has some appeal…

  • Slippy_World
    • clay

      Oh, a drinking game!

    • Acronym Jim

      Growing up, that last one was always a classic at my house. The stepfather had a strange sense of what was appropriate.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    You know, I’m all about recycling…when it comes to saving the Earth from pollution and waste; but what I don’t like, is recycling in film. I get that this is a “new chapter” etc. but from the staring glares, the larger than life ships, the “drop ship” falling into the atmosphere, another ‘Alien’ ship, the egg opening, etc. etc. etc., seriously, I’ve seen this movie before, in 1979.

    • When was the last time you saw a truly original new film based on an older one? I’m all the way back to the late ’00s on IMDB and still coming up with nada. “Franchise” now means “Recycled”.

  • Sam_Handwich

    nothing quite says xmas like a little dimly lit dystopian turmoil

  • clay

    So, instead of a chest-burster, we get an Alien Blood-Eagle?

  • JellyDonut

    wait…Aliens, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender…. I am so going to this!!! It is like Gay Sci-Fi Christmas…

  • The Sentinel

    James Franco?! NOOOOOO!!

  • canoebum

    Imdb said Naomi Rapace would not be in the Prometheus sequel. I’m glad to see this. Prometeus was fucking scary.

  • lymis

    For me the problem with Prometheus was the prequel business. It didn’t work, and about every five minutes, it either did something that completely contradicted the original movies, threw something about them into serious question, or flatly duplicated some scene or elements from the original movies without really accomplishing much with the fact.

    There really weren’t any huge revelations that either filled in gaps in the backstory or caused us to see the old material in any significantly new way.

    It had great production values, and if someone likes that sort of movie but hadn’t seen Alien (or Aliens), it probably would have been a good, solid movie. But for me, it all mish-mashed together into one big “meh.”

    Unless it gets incredible reviews, I’ll wait for the DVD release.

  • Marti386

    So Ridley passed up directing the Blade Runner sequel to make a sequel to Prometheus?


  • Rick Zajac

    Michael Fassbender is hot. Just thought I’d mention that. Merry Christmas!