UPDATE: 'Alien: Paradise Lost' Title Change and Plot Details Revealed!

– by Joseph Medina

UPDATE: 20th Century Fox has officially announced Ridley Scott's return 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. They have also released the official title treatment for the film. 

ALIEN: COVENANT hits theaters everywhere October 6th, 2017!

Here is the official synopsis:

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.

ORIGINAL story is below.

Remember when "Prometheus 2" was just a "Prometheus" movie? It seemed like director Ridley Scott went and changed it on a whim, but based on the fact that it's expected to be more of a prequel to "Alien" than "Prometheus," it did make sense. However, it's now about two months later, and it looks like Scott has gone and changed his mind about the title. While at the AFI Film Festival, Scott casually let the new title slip when discussing his beginning involvement of this year's "The Martian."

“I was going to be doing what will be called ‘Alien: Covenant,’ which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, ‘Listen, we’ve got this thing which is completely written called ‘Martian,’ and I said, ‘Huh.’ And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, ‘I need to talk to ‘Drew [Goddard]…’”

So there you have it. As of right now, the new "Prometheus" film is called "Alien: Covenant." As for why the movie is called that, we can only guess. Given the previous title, "Paradise Lost," perhaps it has something to do with an alien race being banished from a planet of sorts. Assuming the overall plot hasn't changed much, maybe "Covenant" has to do with some agreement between the alien race and the domineering race that banished them. Again, that's pure speculation, but you never know.

This isn't all the "Alien" news we have to share, however. The website Scified just scooped some major details regarding the plot that you guys may love.

Keep in mind that if you don't want to be spoiled, you probably don't want to read on, so I'll leave this big fat SPOILER ALERT here for you.

SPOILER ALERT FOR "ALIEN: COVENANT."

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A source from Scified said the following:

“The movie will have 2 Monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The NEW Monster is a New Event, so it’s nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie.... it's created by an event in the movie... and this New Monster is going to be based off of the Original Concept that Alien drew influence from, and this idea is something they had planned with [original 'Prometheus' writer Jon] Spaights’ Ultramorph, and so [original 'Alien' concept artist H.R.] Giger's Necomonicon 4 is the starting point. This Monster will be transparent like a Jelly Fish to a degree.... and it’s hinted that David plays a part in its creation.

Okay, let's take a moment to break this down, as the quote isn't all too clear. First off, we may see a return of the creature from the end of "Prometheus."

But let's talk about this "new creature," and its potential origins based on the quote above. Back before the original "Alien" movie was made, concept artist H.R. Giger made a painting on which the Xenomorph design was based. You can check it out below.

H.R. Giger's 'Necronom IV,' on which Giger based the Xenomorph from "Alien"

H.R. Giger's 'Necronom IV,' on which Giger based the Xenomorph from "Alien"

Later on, for 2012's "Prometheus, writer Jon Spaight had a creature created called the Ultramorph, which was based on Giger's original creature. This alien, however, was scrapped in the final film. But if this scoop is correct, they will be resurrecting the design for "Alien: Covenant."

The scrapped Ultramorph concept art from "Prometheus" will now be used in 'Alien: Covenant."

The scrapped Ultramorph concept art from "Prometheus" will now be used in 'Alien: Covenant."

Okay, back to the rest of the scoop:

The movie won’t be going the route of an Alien movie, just we will see more clues and things that we can relate and make connection to the Xeno DNA and Bio-Mechanics of the Engineers.  The movie will loosely touch up on themes that can connect to the Prometheus Mythos and the Bible but more in respect to the Paradise Lost version of events but again loosely.
They won’t be going a full blown Ancient Aliens in detail on us, just we can make subtle links to themes, such as Rebellion, Order of Creation (that has multiple layers that does not start with the Engineers and does not end with David). Stealing of Forbiden Knowledge and Fire and how playing God and going against God always has dire consequences.”

Although Scott is planning on changing the subtitle of the series from "Paradise Lost" to "Covenant," chances are the plot elements are still intact, so the connections to the old poem from John MIlton may still be relevant. For those unfamiliar, "Paradise Lost" tells the tale of Lucifer's fall from heaven, and his temptation of Adam and Eve. Following Lucifer's successful plot, Adam and Eve are expelled from paradise. Lucifer and the angels are set to take over paradise, but are punished by God by getting turned into snakes (not saying that last part has anything to do with what will happen in the movie, but that's just what happens). As I mentioned above, I'm not sure which aspects will be connected to "Paradise Lost," but one can see some potentially similar themes in regards to getting banished from a home planet, and the creation of a race.

It's interesting to hear that David will have a hand in the creation of this new creature, and one has to wonder if he creates it with mal intent or not. After all, David does seem to be on a constant quest for answers--at any cost.

One other cool aspect of this scoop is that they're going off the Ultramorph idea from the first draft of the "Prometheus" script. It just goes to show that no ideas are wasted in Hollywood. Let's just hope that they all make sense within the context of the film.

Of course, like all rumors and scoops, be sure to take this all with a huge grain of salt. The scoop may be completely wrong, but even if it's not, there's still time for the studio to change things up.

What do you think of the new film's title and the potential for two alien monsters? Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCES: Indiewire, Scified

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