The second Alien prequel arrived in the cinema five years after Prometheus; the first prequel that ended up having a very mixed reception from general critics and Alien fans alike. As pre-production ramped up on Alien: Covenant, rumours centred around Noomi Rapace not being in the sequel, and that story was all but confirmed as production began. However, during filming it was eventually revealed that she would be back, but clearly Dr Elizabeth Shaw wasn’t going to be a major character in the plot. Then, as filming progressed we got to see the first publicity shot of lead actor Katherine Waterston looking very Ripley-esque in a vest and holding what looked like a gun in her lap at the end of a spaceship corridor.
The bulk of this review was written in the year or so after the film came out. At that time, there was no hint that a sequel would be made. Please take that into consideration when reading what follows below!
Soon after Ridley Scott’s take on ‘Robin Hood’ came out in 2010, an announcement was made that revealed he was to act as producer on a prequel to his 1979 science fiction classic, Alien. As the months went by, Ridley was promoted to director. However, soon after that announcement came another. The movie was no longer a direct prequel but was set in ‘the same universe’. That really got the Alien fans confused. What was going on? It really didn’t auger well for the film if they kept publicly changing their mind.