“Alien: Covenant,” Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” sequel, has been moved up to August 4, 2017 from October 6, 2017.
The film, which stars Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, Jussie Smollet and Demian Bichir, is the second in a planned trilogy. The first film, “Prometheus,” was set 30 years after the events of 1979’s “Alien,” also directed by Scott.
Fox also announced it was moving several other big titles around. “The Mountains Between Us,” which Idris Elba is rumored to be starring in, has been removed from the schedule for now. “Gambit,” the latest “X-Men” title starring Channing Tatum, was also removed.
Variety reports that “Gambit” could be moved into the October 6 date that “Alien: Covenant” just vacated. The change also reportedly fueled rumors that either the October date or a Jan. 12, 2018 release (both have been designated as “untitled Fox-Marvel” films on the schedule) could be used for a “Deadpool” sequel.
“Alien: Covenant” will be the first feature film for Scott following “The Martian,” which saw huge box office success and awards recognition for the prolific director. The film was nominated for seven Oscars this year: Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Picture.
Although it was ultimately shut out at the Oscars Sunday night, the film did win a spot on AFI’s Top Ten Films list, and it also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Matt Damon, who was nominated for Best Actor for the film, gushed about working with Scott on the red carpet Sunday. “I beg him every time I see him [to work with him again]. We’ve got to find something. It’s one of the most kind of joyful experiences that I ever had. It was so easy and easy on my family – the hours that he works – it wasn’t The Revenant. I wasn’t uncomfortable or freezing and it was a really wonderful experience,” the actor told ABC’s Robin Roberts.