May 29, 2016
'Alien: Covenant' Teases A Horrific Slaughter

An abandoned quarry in Sydney, Australia, serves as the setting for Alien: Covenant cast and crew, as the team works on creating alien worlds and a deep space vessel for the upcoming Ridley Scott film. Production on Alien: Covenant has been underway for some time now and it shouldn't be long before fans see the first trailer for the Scott-produced film, but, in the meantime, a few photographs have been leaked from the site. The latest Alien: Covenant images paint a dark and gruesome picture, something that should excite fans of the Alien franchise.

Alien: Covenant Photo Teases A Macabre Massacre

Devastation seems to be the keyword in describing new photos leaked from the set of Alien: Covenant. The images would seem to indicate a great battle with the corpses of both humans and aliens scattered about amid the remains of what once must have been an overbearing and ambitious structure. Other photos suggest the battle might have taken place on the Engineers' homeworld, revealing colossal tree trunks and the gigantic sized bust of a head, presumably a monument to the Engineers of past generations.It's impossible to know just how this scene and the horrific battle, which most assuredly precedes it, fits into Alien: Covenant, but, if these shots are any indication, Ridley Scott isn't pulling any punches with this new prequel. If anything, these shots from the set of Alien: Covenant, which stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, and Danny McBride, seems to make good on Ridley's promise to not overuse CGI technology to create the worlds, space vessels, and monsters expected to thrill fans of the Alien franchise.

Katherine Waterston Almost Channels Sigourney Weaver's Ripley In This Alien: Covenant Shot

Ridley Scott released an image of his in-action video monitor, taken during the filming of Alien: Covenant, and there's much here to excite fans, both old and new, about the forthcoming Alien prequel. The most remarkable aspect of the shot is the familiarity of the dark, foreboding corridor. The scene is reminiscent of past installments of the franchise, bringing up memories of past ships, their dim and foreboding corridors promising danger lurking in each crevice. At the furthest end of the shot in this Alien: Covenant scene, there can be seen lively flames licking at the surrounding air, eager to consume more oxygen for sustenance and perhaps some human flesh as well.

In the foreground, we're met with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Daniels, who looks strikingly like Weaver's Ellen Ripley with her shortly cropped hair and sporty tank top. Waterston's Alien: Covenant character seems content to watch the fire consume the ship, leaving one to wonder just what might be going through her mind in that scene. Might she be sacrificing herself and the Covenant, rather than allow the alien race to spread its seed throughout the vastness of space?

Whatever danger Daniels seems to be attempting to destroy, it certainly must have come from the Engineer's homeworld, particularly since we already know that the planet plays a large part in the plot of Alien: Covenant. David (Fassbender) is certainly one threat the crew of the Covenant faces on this alien world, but what else might be lurking about, waiting to gain entry to the crew's ship?

Even the Alien: Covenant synopsis seems to indicate there's something to be feared on the remote and seemingly desolate planet.

"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."

Alien: Covenant will hit theaters on August 4, 2017.

[Image by Twentieth Century Fox]