In case you didn’t know, there’s a new entry in the famed Aliens film franchise so it’s the perfect time for director Ridley Scott to drop a knowledge bomb on us that changes how we look at the series.
Imagine an alternate universe where Sigourney Weaver’s landmark action heroine Ellen Ripley didn’t survive.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly promoting the upcoming May release of Alien: Covenant, Scott revealed that Ripley was originally supposed to have a far more gruesome fate at the end of the original 1979 film, Alien.
Instead of sending the harpooned Xenomorph out into space and settling in to a deep sleep (above), the enemy alien was, instead, supposed to get the better of Ripley in the end.
“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 [Skerritt] saying, ‘I’m signing off.’”
Good god, that’s… dark. Dark and bloody. Which, to be fair, is the Alien franchise anyway.
The ending described above would totally have worked, but it would have also cost us one of the most badass action characters in film history, so, thank you, studio exec who threatened to fire Scott if he offed Ripley.