Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and written by John Logan and Dante Harper, with a story by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. The film is a sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, the second installment in the Alien prequel series, and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Scott. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir and follows a crew of a colony ship that lands on an uncharted planet and makes a terrifying discovery.
In a prologue, business magnate Peter Weyland speaks with his newly-activated synthetic, who chooses the name “David” after looking at a replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David. Weyland tells David that one day they will search for mankind’s creator together. David launches into an ominous statement about his unlimited lifespan as compared to his creator’s limited one, foreshadowing a turn in the hierarchy of their relationship.
In 2104 the colonization ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet, Origae-6, with two thousand colonists and a thousand human embryos aboard. The ship is monitored by Walter, a newer synthetic physically resembling the earlier David model, albeit with some modifications. A stellar neutrino burst damages the ship, killing some of the colonists. Walter orders the ship’s computer to wake the crew from stasis, but the ship’s captain, Jake Branson, dies when his stasis pod malfunctions. While repairing the ship, the crew picks up a radio transmission from a nearby unknown planet, dubbed by Ricks as “planet number 4”. Against the objections of Daniels, Branson’s widow, now-Captain Oram decides to investigate. None of the crew has knowledge yet that the source of the radio transmission is from an abandoned Engineer spacecraft discovered and piloted by David from the previous Prometheus mission which he then took to the Engineers’ old home planet for his own purposes.