News on Fox’s upcoming monster-mashing tentpoles “Alien” and “Predator” today, with some spoilery character bits surfacing for “Alien : Covenant” as well as Shane Black’s “The Predator”.
Firstly, seems the studio – or director Ridley Scott; one or the other – are really determined to connect the “Prometheus” sequel to the original “Alien” movies.
Here’s who The Playlist says Katherine Waterston’s playing in the movie :
“Sources close to film and actress tell us the Waterston will be playing Ellen Ripley’s mother in ‘Alien: Covenant,’ which is an amazing twist and true to Ridley Scott’s promise that the post-‘Prometheus’ prequels will eventually lead right up to the first ‘Alien’ movie. It should be noted however that Waterston isn’t the lead of the movie, and it’s an ensemble piece like ‘Prometheus’.”
Yup. I know… right? Ripley Sr. Guess it’s one way they can carry on the franchise post-Sigourney Weaver, too.
Secondly, Shane Black, co-writer and director of “The Predator” has revealed the name of the main character in the film.
Here’s what he tells Empire :
“The hero of the new one, the name I’ve given the guy in ‘Predator’ right now is Quinn Mackenna. And that may change. We live in a culture where everyone’s like, ‘[I want to] know everything about it before it comes out, and I want to be able to see every moment, and i’m gonna go back and forth on the goddamn YouTube channel and get every goddamn moment and every Easter egg.’ [But] I’ll tell you a little bit about it. It’s an attempt to event-ize the ‘Predator’ and make it more mysterious. The Predator has been so overdone in a way – very low budget with a guaranteed return, every couple of years there’s a knock off churned out. It’s gotta get to the point where people buy their tickets in advance instead of saying, ‘Oh honey look, another Predator movie. Nah, no, Adam Sandler’s got this thing on TV let’s do that instead.’ I want people to say, ‘The Predator is coming, I know it’s coming, we want to see it, it’s mysterious, interesting, it’s got the same sense of wonderment and newness that ‘Close Encounters’ had when that came out.’ That’s what we want. That’s very impossible to achieve, but we’re going to try.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumoured to be reprising his role from the 1987 movie here, but seems a new, likely younger hero will front the movie with Schwarzenegger playing a supporting role.