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Although no one can hear you scream in space, a movie theater is a wildly different story altogether. It's been quite some time since an Alien movie managed to induce stomach churning terror in audiences, but Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant could very well return the franchise to that tradition when it hits theaters next year. We officially have 365 days until the long-awaited sequel hits theaters, and the filmmakers decided to commemorate that countdown with a behind-the-scenes peek at the film. Check it out below.
The above video debuted on the official Alien Facebook page, and it's safe to say that it has us incredibly intrigued about where the franchise will go from here. In a short, behind-the-scenes clip we see glimpses of what looks like Katherine Waterston's Daniels sleeping in a sort of cryogenic chamber. If we use the other movies in the Alien franchise as a guide, then we can likely assume that this scene takes place towards the beginning of Alien: Covenant, just before all hell breaks loose.
When we say all hell will break loose, we're not even remotely kidding. Danny McBride (an actor typically known for his comedic roles) recently came out and admitted that he's not even playing the comic relief in this movie; beyond that, he admitted that there's barely any comedy in the film altogether. When Daniels wakes up from that cryogenic sleep we can logically assume that she's in for nothing but carnage, fear and possibly death.
One of the most interesting things to note about this quick video is how much it harkens back to the original Alien. Rumors have persisted for some time that Daniels is actually the mother of original Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), and if that's the case, then the franchise seems to be moving towards some very new thematic territory. There aren't that many Xenomorphs in the universe, so having Ripley's mom wake up from cryosleep and face off against a similar form of monster feels like a way to comment on the notion that Ripley was always destined for the events of the Alien franchise, rather than just finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. At this point, our anticipation for Alien: Covenant has reached sky-high levels. With Ridley Scott taking the series away from the pseudo-intellectual nature of Prometheus and closer to the original horror roots of the franchise, we have a feeling that Covenant could become one of the scariest films in the franchise to date.
We will just have to wait and see how this all pans out. Be sure to stay tuned for more details related to Alien: Covenant over the course of the next year. Ridley Scott's latest interstellar horror fest will hit theaters on August 4, 2017.