A few days ago, we ran an article quoting Ridley Scott on an alternate vision he had for the ending of Alien, released in 1979, one that saw Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) getting killed and the Xenomorph mimicking a human voice. Here’s the quote:
“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.’”
It’s an interesting idea, but one I think all fans of the Alien franchise are glad never came to fruition. Not only would Ripley’s untimely demise have been a bummer, it would have slammed the door on future installments, including Scott’s upcoming Alien-prequel/Prometheus-sequel, Alien: Covenant, invading US Theaters on May 19th.
But Ripley’s death isn’t the only idea scrapped before Alien hit theaters; apparently, there was a sex scene included in the original script between our beloved heroine and the aforementioned Dallas. While fans had previously speculated there might be something between them, there’s nothing in the film that proves a non-professional relationship exists. While Ripley’s femininity makes notable appearances throughout the franchise, the only time we actually saw her sexuality was a clinical interlude during Alien 3.
If the scene had actually been shot, you better believe someone would have unearthed it by now, so we’ll never know if sparks would have flown between Weaver and Skerritt. There is, however, some test footage, as well as surviving pages from the excised script. See them both in the video below from our friends at Alien Theory on YouTube:
What do you think about the relationship between Ripley and Dallas? Do you think it would have added depth to the script, or would it somehow have been demeaning? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!
With Alien: Covenant’s arrivals just over a month away, expect the hype to rise. Peep the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.