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During 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CineEurope, a short video message from Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott hinted that his Prometheus sequel will definitely be leaning towards the horror-based origins of the franchise.

“I think this will scare the shit out of people,” Ridley Scott said of Alien: Covenant via The Hollywood Reporter.

This is certainly excellent news for long-time fans of Alien, who loved the tense, atmospheric chills of the original film. While James Cameron did an excellent job with Aliens, his 1986 sequel was most certainly an action film. Since then, the franchise has ventured down a sometimes unfortunate route, particularly with the crossing-over nadirs of Alien vs Predator and Alien vs Predator: Requiem, leading Scott to admit he wished he hadn’t surrendered control of the franchise after the first film in 1979.

Alien: Covenant

However, any news we’ve received about Alien: Covenant has been extremely encouraging so far. Back in January, the 78-year-old director revealed that he was envisioning the film as having a ‘hard R-rating’ in an attempt to recapture some of the horror from Alien.

“I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien],” Scott said. “I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse.”

Bringing Scott’s comments together paints a pretty exciting picture for Alien: Covenant, especially if you recall Michael Fassbender’s promise that, yes, the film will feature aliens coming out of people. In recent weeks, an official website has been launched, while the first batch of set photos appeared to depict some sort of insane alien massacre. Also, the movie has assembled an excellent cast headlined by Katherine Waterston, with a pretty major spoiler about her character dropping onto the internet a few weeks back. Also, in something of a surprise, it was confirmed this week that Prometheus lead Noomi Rapace shall be reprising her role as Elizabeth Shaw for Alien: Covenant, despite suggestions that she would not appear.

Alien: Covenant is released August 4, 2017. 

Synopsis: 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.