Ridley Scott Originally Wanted To Kill Ripley At The End 'Alien'

An executive threatened to 'fire him' if he did

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As with any great film, it is hard to imagine 1979's iconic sci-fi classic Alien any other way.

But the movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and Veronica Cartwright was destined for a very different ending, one somehow even more frightening than the one we know and love.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to director Ridley Scott ahead of the new installment of the franchise Alien: Covenant which is due for release on 19 May. Scott spoke about the ending he originally proposed to the film in which Weaver's character Ripley would have met a sorry end.

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EW writes that, "Instead of Ripley having her final triumphant battle with the xenomorph and recording a captain's log entry before grabbing hero cat Jones and tucking into hypersleep, Scott suggested the following: "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.'"'

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According to Scott when he pitched the idea on the phone from Shepperton Studios to 20th Century Fox it didn't go down so well. "The first executive from Fox arrived on set within 14 hours, threatening to fire me on the spot," says Scott. "So we didn't do that [ending]."

A grisly sight that never was.

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