3:14pm PT by Graeme McMillan
First 'Alien: Covenant' Image Teases Biblical Spoilers
Following the appearance of Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) in 2012's Prometheus, the first image released for Ridley Scott's follow-up, Alien: Covenant, features a logo from a project of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.
The image, released on Facebook on Wednesday, features the mission patch of the Covenant, the titular ship at the center of the sequel to Prometheus, with the slogan "Building Better Worlds" and iconography referencing the Ark of the Covenant — a sure sign that everything will work out just fine in the movie, because nothing bad ever happens in movies featuring the Ark of the Covenant.
The Weyland-Yutani name originated in Scott's original 1979 Alien as "Weylan-Yutani," visible in background props, before adding the extra "d" and becoming part of the core franchise mythology in James Cameron's Aliens. "The Company," as it was nicknamed, would go on to play a part in Alien 3, as well as non-franchise works including Joss Whedon's Angel and Firefly.
The official plot synopsis for Alien: Covenant, which sees Michael Fassbender return as rogue synthetic David, reveals that the crew of the Covenant discover what they believe is an undiscovered paradise, but is actually "a dark, dangerous world." In addition to Fassbender, the movie also stars Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Amy Seimetz.
Alien: Covenant is scheduled for release on Aug. 4, 2017.