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Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, coming October 2017

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The sequel to Ridley Scott's Prometheus finally has a release date.

20th Century Fox confirmed today on Twitter that Alien: Covenant will hit theaters Oct. 6, 2017, one year before Neill Blomkamp's own Alien installment.

There was originally some concern that Blomkamp's Alien film would be released the same year as Scott's and would confuse audiences, but Blompkamp announced on Twitter last month that his film would be put on hold to accommodate Scott's Prometheus sequel.

Blomkamp's Alien project, which was supposed to bring back original stars Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn as Ripley and Hicks, was set as a direct sequel to Scott's original 1979 film. Scott's Alien: Covenant, however, is the second in a trilogy and will act as a direct prequel to it.

That wasn't the only aspect that had some confused. The name of Scott's sequel has recently become the center of attention. While promoting The Martian earlier this year, Scott first referred to the movie as Alien: Paradise Lost, but in a new interview, referenced the sequel by its new name, Alien: Covenant.

There's not much known about the sequel at this point, besides the name and release date, but Michael Fassbender is on board to reprise his role as David, the David 8 series synthetic model.

Alien: Covenant will begin production next year to hit the 2017 release date.

Correction: It was originally reported that Blomkamp's Alien sequel was still in development. It is currently on hold.

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