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Alien: Covenant Will Be Mostly Practical Effects

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:53

Ridley Scott is going as real as it gets for Alien: Covenant as it's learned the sequel to Prometheus will feature mostly practical effects.

A new set video shows off the practical effects (watch below), and Danny McBride fills in Rolling Stone about the effects as well.

I’m the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship.

I didn’t know if it would be all green screen, but most of the stuff is practical effects: when you’re running from an alien it’s really a dude in an alien suit coming after you! The sets are incredible and you’re in them: We go through some inclement weather at one point on the spaceship and this whole gigantic set is on a gimbal, shaking up and down. You don’t have to use your imagination.

"Alien: Covenant" has an August 4, 2017 also starring Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz and Callie Hernandez.


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.

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