According to the first trailer, composer Jed Kurzel has taken over scoring duties on Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant. The film starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, as they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.
John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Penny Dreadful) has written the screenplay. Scott (Alien, Prometheus, The Blade Runner) is also producing the project with Mark Huffam (The Martian, Johnny English), Michael Schaefer (Exodus: Gods and Kings), David Giler (Alien 3, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) and Walter Hill (48 Hrs, The Warriors). Harry Gregson-Williams was originally announced as the film’s composer. As a result of heavy scheduling conflicts and creative issues, Gregson-Williams had to leave the project.
Schedules and one’s expectations of scoring a film don’t always fit and this one wasn’t going to work out. I move on to another project with gratitude to have worked on many movies with Ridley Scott where the moons did indeed align and I had the chance to burrow in to the core of the project and do the job!
Harry Gregson-Williams about his involvement in “Alien: Covenant”
Jed Kurzel, brother of director Justin Kurzel, has previously scored last year’s film adaption of “Macbeth” and this year’s “Assassin’s Creed”.
Alien: Covenant is set to be released on May 19, 2017.
Source: Film Music Reporter