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The End of Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ Was Almost Very Different From the One That Made the Final Cut

Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly

We are just a little over a month away from the release of Alien: Covenant (May 19) and Ridley Scott is already talking about the film, and the future of the franchise. During one such interview, Scott not only spoke about where he wants to take the franchise, but also about the film that started it all, 1979’s Alien. The original ending to Alien was almost very different from the one that ended up in the final cut.

In a recent interview with Entertainment WeeklyScott wanted the film to have one last confrontation between Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and the Xenomorph that followed her onto the escape ship. This is what ended up happening, but according to Scott, he originally wanted the Xenomorph to win, leaving not one human survivor. Scott confirmed that he wasn’t planning on continuing the story in a sequel at all:

“I thought that the alien should come in, and Ripley harpoons it and it makes no difference, so it slams through her mask and rips her head off.” Next, Scott says, he’d have cut to the tentacles of the alien pressing buttons on the dashboard. “It would mimic Captain Dallas [Tom Skerritt] saying, ‘I’m signing off.’”

Alien, Twentieth Century Fox
Image: Twentieth Century Fox

You can see the entire interview below, where Scott goes into a lot more detail about how he wanted to originally end Alien. He goes on to talk about what Twentieth Century Fox thought of his idea to kill off the main character in the film. Check out the interview below:

Alien: Covenant looks to right the wrongs that Prometheus made for the franchise, with Scott planning multiple sequels for the Alien franchise. The studio ultimately made the best choice for the franchise, making it one of the most popular franchise for the last 3 decades.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19.

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