Here's Alien: Covenant's creepy real-life inspiration

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox



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As if it needed to be more terrifying, Alien: Covenant is based on real life.

Instead of the Xenomorph taking on the crew of the Covenant, they will be hunted by a Neomorph, a paler and smaller version of the iconic monster – and it has its origins in something from the world we live in.

Writer John Logan has revealed to Empire that the Neomorph is inspired by a goblin shark. We'd never heard of it, but now we'll never forget it.

Still with us? The goblin shark is a rare species of shark that lurks in the deep sea, so it's unlikely you'll ever come across it. And you'd better hope you don't, as it can extend its jaws and snap them back to capture prey.

It's easy to see how it appealed to Ridley Scott, who is apparently fond of nature documentaries.

"Some of those nature videos are so stomach-churning that they don't pay me enough to watch them," joked Logan.

"But Ridley will see something to do with insects swarming, for example, which eventually finds its way into a movie. Usually there's some sort of grotesqueness we find interesting."

This week has also seen the dark relationship between Michael Fassbender's two characters, Walter and David, in Alien: Covenant revealed.

"The technology within Walter will be more advanced, but his ability to have an emotional response to a painting or a relationship is not the same," he explained, adding that David will have other agendas and motivations.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Scott has also said he would consider de-ageing Sigourney Weaver for any future Alien movies that take place before the classic 1979 original.

Alien: Covenant creeps into UK cinemas on May 12 and US cinemas on May 19.

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