Alien fans have been frothing at the mouth ever since Sir Ridley Scott confirmed he will dive back into his Alien universe once again, with prequel-sequel Alien: Covenant.
His last Alien outing, Prometheus, had a mixed critical reception and box office numbers. 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 65 percent on the Metacritic website left the hard-core fans bouncing off the walls of internet chat rooms as they argued for and against the film, and whether it was worthy of the beloved franchise.
So what do we know about Alien: Covenant? A sequel to the prequel reported to be set 10 years after Prometheus.
This is what Twentieth Century Fox tells us about the story:
"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."
Noomi Rapace won't be back but Michael Fassbender will, and Scott has a new set of writers.
He will also shoot the movie in Sydney, Australia.
A few weeks back though, Ridley took questions backstage at the Golden Globes, where of course he scooped up a couple of statues for The Martian.
Angela Bishop from Network Ten Australia quizzed him on Alien: Covenant and his pending shoot in her home town.
But interestingly he rather pointedly also talked about New Zealand.
Two and a half days in a helicopter visiting New Zealand’s mountain tops? Could he have been scouting locations?
Could Scott bring Alien to New Zealand? My money says - hell yes.
The film is tentatively set for release in October 2017.