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Ridley Scott Reveals Deleted ‘Alien: Covenant’ Scene Set on Earth

We know what Ridley Scott’s vision of space tech and alien planets look like in the distant future in the Alien universe, but what does future Earth look like? We almost found out.

In a chat with Yahoo Movies, Scott revealed that he originally filmed a scene for Alien: Covenant with Katherine Waterson and James Franco that took place on Earth, before they boarded the titular Covenant on their ill-fated colonization mission. But it was ultimately left on the cutting room floor when he decided it wasn’t necessary.

“I did one more scene which was [James Franco’s Branson] in an apartment, a futuristic apartment in New York with Daniels, who is his wife, played by Katherine [Waterston],” Scott told the site. “And we see this couple discussing a future. He says ‘we’ll build this cabin on the lake in this particular place’, and they’ve identified where they’re going to go. But the journey will be long and dangerous. Dangerous because you’re asleep and who knows what happens?

Scott added, “That was in there but I discovered we don’t need it.”

Katherine Waterston stars while Michael Fassbender returns as Prometheus‘ android David (and Walter), with a crew that includes Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills).

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Alien: Covenant takes off for Paradise on May 19, 2017.


6 Comments
  • Shane da Lucky

    I would have liked to see this scene in the movie for added context. Did James Franco even need to be in the movie at all? I feel like he was almost edited out completely and the snippet that’s left in this movie is just token.

    Were they seriously just going to build a “cabin by a lake” and then listen to Bob Marley for the rest of their lives ( on a distant planet they seemed to know little about that apparently had a harsher environment than the engineer’s planet? ) the more I think about this movie the more it unravels and I realise what a mess it is. A hot mess.

    • Sykes

      The planet they land on is not the one they were originally heading for.

      • Shane da Lucky

        Yes that’s correct.

    • Karen B Vianna

      Of course the film will seem like a hot mess to you, after all you understood it all wrong and seemingly missed completely an important part of the plot.

      As Sykes said, they were headed to another planet (Origae 6). They KNEW what to expect from Origae 6, so much that Daniels argues with Oram when he decides to land in the closer planet (the one they ended up landing in because of the transmission they intercepted) that it was nonsense to do so, because even though they needed to travel more 7 years until they arrived to Origae 6, they already knew what to expect from there, they had studied that planet before, they even had done simulations, while this closer one they didn’t even knew it existed prior to that transmission.

      As for Franco, I honestly didn’t miss him and Daniels’ despair was enough for me to feel bad for his death (also when she mentions their plans to Walter, the cabin and whatnot), but I can see how others might’ve missed him.

      • Shane da Lucky

        Nah I got it and I didn’t miss anything, my comment was just poorly written.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    I dont know if it will be the same situation, but its kinda funny to me that they’re already talking about the scenes that we didn’t get to see

    It reminds me of when people started asking WTF was prometheus about and why didn’t it make any sense? And they started talking about all these scenes that got cut that actually would have made more sense like the David rides a jet ski scene or the milburn finds a worm scene that explains him trying to pet a space cobra

    But they really didn’t help at all

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