20th Century Fox have announced the release dates for the much-anticipated sequels to two of its most popular Sci-Fi/Action franchises, Alien and Predator.
According to Collider, Alien: Covenant -- from veteran director Ridley Scott -- has had its release date bumped to August 4, 2017. Production on the film has been rumored to commence in April in Sydney, Australia and will see the return of Michael Fassbender's character from Prometheus, along with Katherine Waterston, Jussie Smollett, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Amy Seimetz, Billy Crudup, Callie Hernandez and Carmen Ejogo.
Alien: Covenant -- a sequel of sorts to Prometheus and the second in a trilogy before the events of the first Alien flick -- is said to take place ten years after Prometheus, and sees the crew of the colony ship Covenant heading toward a remote planet in deep space, until they find an "uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition," as confirmed via IMDB.
On the other side of the fence, The Predator -- a sequel to 1987's Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger -- will land in theaters on March 2, 2018. It will be directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3), and written by Black and director Fred Dekker (Monster Squad).
There is no word yet suggesting when production will begin for The Predator. In the meantime, check out the new poster for the film: