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Next ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ Get New Release Dates

Mark your calendars, fans! Fox has announced some new release dates for the titans of sci-fi creature horror.

Moving forward two months from its original release date, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant will now be released on August 4, 2017. The project is moving forward at a rapid clip, with an excellent cast that now includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, and more.

Production is set to commence in Australia soon, and Ridley Scott has been surprisingly chatty about the film in the press. Prometheus, the last installment in the franchise, was marketed in the mystery box. So much of its allure came from the confusion over whether it would actually connect to Alien or not. (It does, albeit tangentially.) Covenant will bridge the last film to the rest of the franchise, acting as both a Prometheus sequel and an Alien prequel. Fans should expect to see familiar metal-fanged monsters stalking around darkened spaceship corridors, which means that this’ll be the first proper Alien movie since 1997.

In related news, a longtime foe of the Alien has a new movie coming out, and fans should be pumped. Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Nice Guys) and Fred Dekker are working together to make The Predator, which Fox has now dated for March 2, 2018. Producer John Davis has said that the film will “reinvent” the franchise, which means… well, nothing, really. Director Shane Black has gone on record saying that the film is a sequel that will draw upon the existing canon. But what does that mean? Contemporary sequels often choose to gloss over or even retcon events from lesser-liked entries in franchises. Will Dekker’s script acknowledge the existence of the AVP films or make nods to 2010’s middling Predators? I doubt it, but we won’t know for sure until March 2, 2018. In the meantime, here’s some wordy teaser art.

the predator teaser poster

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