By Kevin P. Sullivan
November 16, 2015 at 08:41 PM EST
Kerry Brown

In the past few weeks, there’s been an abundance of information flowing from Ridley Scott about his follow-up to the Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus. The problem was that the info was sometimes contradictory and almost always a little confusing. 

But now it looks like plans after becoming more concrete and less vague. Last week, Scott updated the title of the film. Previously, he referred to the Prometheus sequel as Alien: Paradise Lost, but the film will now apparently be called Alien: Covenant. We know this because it’s been officially confirmed by the studio.


The announcement also came with an official synopsis that sounds very Alien-inspired with just the right dash of Prometheus:

“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 (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”

Covenant‘s set-up as explained in the synopsis couldn’t be more Alien, but with the addition of Fassbender’s delightfully devious David, it feels like enough of a Prometheus connection for supports of the prequel to get the sequel they’ve been promised.

One missing element, however, is Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw, the other survivor from Prometheus. Has she already met her demise when the crew of Convenant meets up with David? Or is she getting the Luke Skywalker treatment, with her fate being saved for a reveal later in the lead-up? 

Either way, there will be plenty of time to discuss that question and what a third Prometheus movie would look like, since Covenant is set to hit screens in 2017.