UPDATE (11/27/15): Ridley Scott has now clarified the details of his "Prometheus" follow-up, "Covenant," and its relationship with the "Alien" series, explaining to The Hollywood Reporter that his "Alien: Covenant" is one of three prequels he intends to create to link "Prometheus" to the 1979 original, "Alien."
"Covenant" and its to follower films will answer the "very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?" Ridley explained.
"'Prometheus 1' was borne out of my frustration that on 'Alien 1' in 1979 - I only did one as I don't normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question 'why the Alien, who made it and why?' Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of 'Prometheus 1,' which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from," he added.
PREVIOUSLY (11/16/15): After taking a brief detour to Mars with Matt Damon, Ridley Scott is ready to return to his "Alien" prequel series and take us all back (er, forward) to a time when extraterrestrials started wreaking havoc on spacecraft and bursting out of peoples' chests and stuff.
The director has revealed that the original, John Milton-inspired title has now been scratched for a more legal-eagle-ish moniker: "Alien: Covenant."
As reported by Indie Wire, Scott revealed the far less poetic name during a chat about "The Martian" in which he discussed his choice to hop on board the Hermes and "science the sh-t" out of the Red Planet instead of circling back to his much beleaguered Prometheus squad and connect the dots between their ill-advised star map adventure into the unknown.
Apparently, Scott's a self-professed pillar-jumper with a "childlike fascination and thrill of doing it," which was exactly what drew him away from the "Prometheus" sequel and onto "The Martian."
Now, though, he's ready to play with the Engineers and their evil ET spawn again, and the spiffy new synopsis (via Vulture) for the pic indicates that "Covenant" will directly link back to the 1979 classic, "Alien," with a new vessel -- the eponymous Covenant, this time -- making way to "what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sold inhabitant is the 'synthetic' David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
Yeah, THIS guy.
All the shudders. Good luck with that, Covenant crew. Paradise lost indeed.
20th Century Fox has since confirmed the new title.
"Alien: Covenant" will hit theaters Oct. 6, 2017 -- a pushback from its original May 30, 2017 release date.