Alien: Covenant Is Practical Where Possible

Full props to Ridley Scott, the filmmaker is one of those directors who won’t get lazy with CG if he can help it and will do stuff practically where possible. It’s a rule he’s bringing to the currently in production “Prometheus” follow-up “Alien: Covenant”.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, actor Danny McBride spoke about his role in the film and talked about what it was like to shoot a movie where it was basically all right there on-set as opposed to a bunch of green screen:

“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.”

McBride joins Katherine Waterson, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, and Amy Seimetz in the film which is currently targeting an August 2017 release. The official Twitter account for the film has also posted video of some monstrous hands being painted to no doubt go on one of the “dudes in an alien suit” that McBride was talking about.