The Poster For Alien: Covenant Is Refreshingly Simple And Spooky

After a 33-year break form the Alien franchise, Ridley Scott made a belated return to the series with 2012’s Prometheus. While that movie certainly has its fans, many were left wondering why Scott drifted so far from the core strengths of the original: claustrophobia, grounded characters, and narrative simplicity. For the sequel to that prequel, the early evidence suggests that Scott is heading in the right direction. In addition to reuniting with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender—the two actors who made the most positive impression in Prometheus—Scott has put together a lively supporting cast that includes Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and Katherine Waterston. Plus, the new poster for Alien: Covenant instantly brings to mind the original.


If your excitement for this future blockbuster just increased dramatically, we have more good news: the release date has been moved up three months—from August to May. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, this pits the film against Annabelle 2 and the Baywatch reboot, putting it in an ideal position to crush two deeply unnecessary movies.

A quick peek back at the official plot synopsis for Alien: Covenant only confirms any perceived debt to the original: “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, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”

We suggest you take the poster’s advice and “run” to theatres when Alien: Covenant arrives on May 19, 2017. For a sense of what might be in store, check out the iconic trailer for the 1979 original below.