Fassbender: “Covenant” To Have Scares & Scale

In the wake of Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” wrapping production, actor Michael Fassbender has commented a little about what we can expect from the film which serves as both a “Prometheus” sequel and “Alien” prequel, and from the sounds of it will have more in common with the latter than the former.

It will certainly be a scarier entry, and Fassbender has stuck to that message whilst out doing promotional rounds for the release of “The Light Between Oceans” which premieres at the Venice Film Festival this Thursday ahead of a U.S. theatrical run on Friday. Speaking with Collider, he says Scott’s aim is to retain the larger scale and ambition of “Prometheus,” but up the fear and atmosphere factor to be more in line with “Alien”:

“I just love Ridley. You know, he’s become a really good friend, and he’s just a natural, he’s one of a kind. Anybody that works with him in any department is just totally blown away by him. He’s such a visionary and I think he has such a great, understanding of storytelling. You know, coming from an art background, how referring to something being put in the frame, working with the art department, working with costume design, working with the actors, he’s very vigilant and fun, you know?

We have a lot of fun; we laugh a lot, and he’s also got very intelligent but also off-center notes. He would never tell you directly to do something, but just give you little flavors. In the first ‘Prometheus,’ he just sort of walked over, and he’s like ‘I imagine David’s like a butler so he runs his finger over the desktop checking for dust.’ And that was enough for me to go off and explore elements of the character with that in mind. We work really well together.

I have to say, this ‘Alien[:Covenant]’ is going to be – I’m really excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying that there’s a film that we all wanna see, it’s much scarier than ‘Prometheus,’ but it’s got that sort of same scope as ‘Prometheus,’ that imminent sort of disaster feel, that ‘Alien’ had. So it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary, number one. And again, with the massive scope of ‘Prometheus.'”

“Alien: Covenant” is currently slated to open on August 4th next year.