Alien: Covenant, the anticipated new addition to the Alien franchise, is opening in theaters on May 19th!
However, you may be as surprised as we were to learn that creator Ridley Scott hadn't envisioned the sci-fi/horror films to take off the way they did. In fact, he had an entirely different intention for the ending of the original film that would have completely altered the destiny of the central character, Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney weaver.
Ridley Scott recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he was going to kill off Ripley at the very end of the 1979 original:
"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," said Ridley. And after taking control of the ship, "[the alien] would mimic Captain Dallas saying, 'I'm signing off.'"
Lucky for Sigourney Weaver, studio execs at 20th Century Fox said they would fire Scott if he ended the film as such. They probably had dollar signs in their eyes, seeing potential for massive box office profits if Weaver's character lived on to fight more aliens. And boy were they right!
We never thought we'd say this, much less put it in writing, but we'd like to personally thank those savvy execs for putting the kibosh on Ridley's initial ending, as it wouldn't have led to the sequels, prequels, and crossovers we've so enjoyed, nor the fandom we're delighted to be a part of.
That said, who else is stoked to see Alien: Covenant? We're definitely going to catch it in theaters this May. Check out the trailer below: