With Alien: Covenant just weeks away from release, Ridley Scott's been making the promotional rounds lately, and in a new video interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director reveals that his Alien (1979) originally had a much, much bleaker ending.
“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.’”
This is an interesting bit of trivia, for a number of reasons. For one thing, it would've taken Ripley out of commission for any of the Alien sequels that followed. For another, revealing that the Xenomorph has the ability to mimic human voice would completely redefine the creature, and would've opened up the franchise to an entirely new series of possibilities.
To be clear, we're happy with how things turned out for Ripley in that escape pod, but still: it's always cool to hear about what almost was, isn't it?
Alien: Covenant arrives on May 19th. You may have heard us mention it before.