The 'Alien' ending you didn't see

Story highlights

  • Director Ridley Scott originally wanted a darker ending for 1979 sci-fi film
  • Newest movie in franchise, "Alien: Covenant," comes out in May

(CNN)Sigourney Weaver owes a debt of gratitude to the executives at 20th Century Fox.

If it weren't for them, she would not have starred in multiple "Alien" films.
Ridley Scott, the director of the original "Alien," recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he wanted to kill off Weaver's Ellen Ripley character at the end of the 1979 sci-fi film.
    "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," Scott told the magazine.
    The much darker final scene would have had the alien at the ship's controls, Scott said.
    "It would mimic Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt's character) saying, 'I'm signing off,' " he said.
    But fortunately for Weaver 20th Century Fox stepped in and threatened to fire Scott if he did so.
    That decision led to the "Alien" franchise that included a few sequels, a prequel and a crossover series with the "Predator" movies.
    Scott returns to the franchise with "Alien: Covenant," which is set to open in theaters May 19.