Alien Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film Alien Covenant directed by Ridley Scott. Alien Covenant written by John Logan and Dante Harper, with a story by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. The film Alien Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus (2012), the second installment in the Alien prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Scott. The film Alien Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir, and follows the crew of a colony ship that lands on an uncharted planet and makes a terrifying discovery.
Alien Covenant premiered in London on May 4, 2017, and was released on May 12, 2017, in the United Kingdom and May 19 in the United States.The film Alien Covenant received a polarizing response from audiences but generally positive reviews from critics, with many calling it a return to form for both director Ridley Scott and the franchise and praising Fassbender’s dual performance. The film Alien Covenant grossed a worldwide total of $233 million against a production budget of $97 million, but under performed at the domestic box office.
Principal photography on the film Alien Covenant began on April 4, 2016, at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, and wrapped on July 19, 2016. On November 18, 2016, additional photography was scheduled to take place at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire.
Effects houses Odd Studios and CreatureNFX provided the film’s makeup and animatronic creature effects, respectively, while Australian-based effects house Animal Logic provided the film’s digital visual effects. Approximately 30 people from CreatureNFX worked on the project for almost six months building animatronics. Actors wearing creature suits with animatronic heads were used to portray the aliens, and casting calls for the aliens specifically asked for people between the age of 8 and 40 who were skinny, very tall or very short, strong and physically agile, and preferably skilled in fast movement, acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics, contortion, and “Cirque du Soleil type performers.”
Scott reported that the first cut version of Covenant after filming went to two hours and twenty three minutes, eventually edited down to the two hours and three minutes of the released version. The eleven deleted scenes were reported to be planned for release on home media, though no news was given of the release of a possible director’s cut of the film.
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