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ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) – #MOVIETRAILER

Mar 2, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Movie Trailers, Quick Film Reviews , ,

ALIEN: COVENANT – GOING BACK TO BASICS?

Watching the movie trailer for Alien: Covenant made me think of four things right away:

  • King Kong
  • Jurrasic Park
  • Ridley Scott is going back to the franchise’s roots
  • AWESOME!

Not since James Cameron’s Aliens have I been this excited about a film in the Alien franchise. It almost feels like a remake of Cameron’s holy grail of sci-fi films; the same way that Episode VII of Star Wars felt like a flashback to Episode III. Hopefully it’s more original than that, though.

The risk you run by riffing off of a classic is the inevitable comparison that’ll be made between the two. Aliens featured the most iconic female action/ sci-fi hero of all time, Ripley. Surely Scott won’t try to emulate that role, and from the looks of the Alien: Covenant trailer, he’s not. Alien: Covenant appears to give us several couples to follow. That could be a problem if there are too many of them and we don’t spend enough time with any one of them to really care – a problem I find in many comic book movies that have more than one hero.

But Aliens made us care about Ripley and Bishop and Hicks and pretty much that whole darn squad of Army grunts. That’s because the characters were so beautifully and fully realized. They each had distinct personalities, as well as strengths and weaknesses that we could identify with. It’s a tall order, but here’s hoping that Scott pulls it off. Prometheus was a disaster, but I’m choosing to be optimistic. Anyone who can direct movies like Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and The Martian, not to mention producing dozens of incredible films and tv shows, deserves a ton of respect.

Something that also gives me hope: one of the writers of Alien: CovenantJohn Logan. That man has had the kind of screenwriting career that every screenwriter dreams of, including me.

Hey, I’m working on it. I have a spec under option with a BAFTA-winner at least. And I’m a working screenwriter. Call me, Mr. Scott. Forget what I said about Prometheus. I love your shit. I watched every freakin’ episode of The Good Wife.

 

Phil Parker

Screenwriter Phil Parker is one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. His multi-award winning WWII script is being packaged by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson in London; and two animation projects he was hired to work on are in development with Tent Pictures in Abu Dhabi. Phil is also a sought-after script consultant with clients in Australia, the US and England.

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