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Ridley Scott Alludes to Ripley’s Mother in Alien: Covenant Sequel

During the May press junket for the premiere of Alien: Covenant, Instagrammer Luis Nostromo asked Ridley Scott about digitally de-aging Sigourney Weaver for the role of Ripley in a future Alien film, which Scott had previously mentioned in an interview with Empire Magazine.

Scott answered that it could be possible, though it may be a few sequels ahead. In his answer, Scott also included some extra information that may sound familiar…

“Well we’re heading towards the back end of the first Alien, so that may be feasible, but… Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter, obviously, because you’re coming in from the back end, right? And you know, the time constraints between this film where we leave David going off tending for that colony. I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her, he’s going to go “oh no.” (Video)

 Ridley Scott Alludes to Ripley's Mother in Alien: Covenant Sequel
It’s unclear how serious Ridley Scott is being with his answer here regarding future films, especially considering his light-hearted implication that Ripley may end up confronting David. Could this mean that Daniels or perhaps another character will end up being featured as Ripley’s mother after all?

The mention of Ripley’s mother brings to mind some earlier rumors of Alien: Covenant in which Daniels was thought to be Ripley’s mother. These rumors were eventually denied by Scott during a round-table discussion with MovieWeb at SXSW. However, it should be noted that Scott did imply that the idea had come up during the development phase:

“No. That was probably way back when. ‘Should she be the daughter of Ripley?’ I said ‘no.’ She’s herself.”

In a previous AvPGalaxy Podcast episode some months before the release of Covenant, we discussed the rumor and expressed our concerns on how adding Ripley’s mother to the series, especially after the inclusion of Amanda in Alien: Isolation, would make it seem like too much of a family affair.

What do you think about this rumor resurfacing? Would you like to see a young Ripley or even her mother make an appearance in a sequel to Covenant?

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  1. Gash
    So he's said Ripley is someone's daughter - no shit Sherlock.

    That's just fact and referencing the timeline. Doesn't mean her mother's going to appear. There's literally nothing to read into those comments as they stand. If at some stage the plan is to make some allusions to Thedus and the Nostromo a de-aged Ripley might make a cameo but it's hardly likely to be anything more than a nod as the films link up, if it even gets that far.

    I'm more interested in David and the 'war of the worlds'. `Frankly I think Scott is only humouring journos who can't look at Alien without wanting to bring up Ripley.
  2. PierreVW
    Sleepers dream, it's in all of ADF''s novelisations.

    Scott lost his mind :)

    It's more like people reading stuff that isn't there in his comments who have lost their minds.

    Scott said:

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    I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.

    He didn't say anything. You 2 are fighting for a nothing comment?.
  3. Ingwar
    Sleepers dream, it's in all of ADF''s novelisations.

    Scott lost his mind :)

    It's more like people reading stuff that isn't there in his comments who have lost their minds.

    Scott said:

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    I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.
  4. CainsSon
    He's apparently recently spoken about it and took ownership of it. I've not seen the interview yet. Matt Hatton mentioned it in our last podcast.

    He apologized profusely. Haha.

    Because Joss Whedon only makes one kind of film and it's exactly what we'd get again if he got another chance.

    I tend to agree. His stuff is too scy-fy channel. Its also kinda light-hearted for Alien, but I think if the script for A:R had been in the hands of someone like Fincher or Scott, who is less interested in comic relief, they would have shaped it into a less ridiculous film.
    Have we ever seen his script for Alien 5? I'd heard something existed. Maybe a treatment? Also that Firefly movie always seemed somewhat like it derived from some ideas in A:R.
    There was a A:R sequel book that I never read. Anyone know if that had something to do with his script?

    I don't think it's cryo, it's more like hibernation.  It would slow down the body's processes, but not stop them.

    No problem mate, just throw in that line of dialogue where some colonist wakes up and gargles back some vomit, saying "Gee this gas-based hypersleep sure makes me feel alot less sick than that injection based cryo-crap. And there's the whole not ageing thing now."
  5. TWJones
    I'm starting to believe that Jones is the male avatar and incarnation of Bastet. That would explain the Egyptian design of the Weyland brand's crests. Jones probably met up with Engineers over 2000 years ago and probably made a sweet deal with them. I think in the next Alien movie, David will find out that the universe is ruled by an interstellar omnipotent cat deity, the true creator of the Xenomorph.

    LOL, this would explain so much.
  6. SpreadEagleBeagle
    I'm starting to believe that Jones is the male avatar and incarnation of Bastet. That would explain the Egyptian design of the Weyland brand's crests. Jones probably met up with Engineers over 2000 years ago and probably made a sweet deal with them. I think in the next Alien movie, David will find out that the universe is ruled by an interstellar omnipotent cat deity, the true creator of the Xenomorph.
  7. Huggs
    "This is where the movies clearly disagree with you"


    Reminds me of that old line form "diamonds are forever", where blofeld says something to the effect of, "I don't pretend to understand how it works, but the technology is sound". That is not meant to be misconstrued as an insult, I'm merely implying that the idea of stasis in film is a hard sell for me, so, like many scientific processes in film, it's mechanisms are best left to the imagination.
  8. CainsSon
    Why dont they offer Josh Whedon the opportunity to fix his mess - as the director this time?

    I dont really like his approach but Im surprised after his success and vocal apology for what happened with A:R that they've never approached him about it.
  9. tleilaxu
    and you're booking a 100 year old pump (or more). Even if it severely slowed down age and atrophy, you'd still be dealing with the heart of a 56-70 year old.  There has to be some negative physiological effects.
    This is where the movies clearly disagree with you. The purpose of cryo-sleep is to slow down metabolism such as to produce negligible aging during journeys. Obviously, like most things in science-fiction, the science isn't quite there yet. For me, the most worrisome part is dealing with oxidative damage on the long term. A low metabolism also means a lower renewal and potentially increased accumulation of damaged components.
  10. Huggs
    "I don't understand your last comment"

    Perhaps I was too vague. Extra shifts will do that to you. In essence, let's say that Ripley's character was around 30 years old as of the first film. Let's assume she's done her job at least a few times. How many years could she have spent in the freezers as of the first film? Ignoring that, if we're assuming that cryo-sleep in the alien universe is not a complete suspension of all biological functions, then her heart would have been beating for in excess of 87 years. Adding on another possible 10 for cryo during employment, if it had been long term employment, and you're booking a 100 year old pump (or more). Even if it severely slowed down age and atrophy, you'd still be dealing with the heart of a 56-70 year old.  There has to be some negative physiological effects.

    But when it's all said and done, these are movies, and it's all fake. I get that. In the recent film "Passengers", the journey was to take 120 years. Movies and books stating these sort of things last for centuries is not uncommon. I suppose you could say it's just a pet peeve of mine. The original Alien is such an enjoyable movie that I usually just forget that stuff and enjoy it. But the concept of stasis is prevalent in modern film, and it's just a tough sell for people like me, that's all.
  11. tleilaxu
    I'd have to assume there would be some form of aging during cryo. The prospect of cryo-sleep is implausible, solely due to the fact that freezing the body would result in the bursting of cells, as cells are mostly water I believe, I'm too tired to rehash those courses. Nevertheless, discounting the science, I've still yet to see a cryo-pod in modern film that didn't display biofunctions, or at least intimate the occupant's heart had not flat-lined. Given that, a steady, albeit reduced heart rate should still result in the aging and tissue degeneration of the organ itself, I don't see how anyone could come out of cryo-sleep without either severe cardiovascular issues, or a bad case of the "death".
    Actually, cells are routinely frozen for storage during biological work. Freezing a whole organism is a bit trickier, but you don't necessarily have to freeze, just keep it in a low metabolic state at a low temperature. I don't understand your last comment. People in the Alien-verse aren't traveling for centuries.
  12. Huggs
    I'd have to assume there would be some form of aging during cryo. The prospect of cryo-sleep is implausible, solely due to the fact that freezing the body would result in the bursting of cells, as cells are mostly water I believe, I'm too tired to rehash those courses. Nevertheless, discounting the science, I've still yet to see a cryo-pod in modern film that didn't display biofunctions, or at least intimate the occupant's heart had not flat-lined. Given that, a steady, albeit reduced heart rate should still result in the aging and tissue degeneration of the organ itself, I don't see how anyone could come out of cryo-sleep without either severe cardiovascular issues, or a bad case of the "death".


    "Prometheus made a point to say "They made us, but who made them?" -- A Lovecraftian answer to that question is the way forward for this series"


    Indeed, and if things keep going the way they're headed, the answer will be...ya'll ready? The Quintessons.
    There was some kind of event involving a black hole, optimus prime was found floating in space by an early Wey-Yu space mission in the 80's. The body was transferred to Wey Yu's newly acquired and budding robotics division, formerly known as Cyberdine Industries. Wey-Yu, still seeking to capture a live "Predator" specimen, has cyberdine create the terminator, a powerful and advanced new form of robotic intelligence that is immune to the predators thermal tracking abilities, and also has the ability to learn and evolve intellectually. In a nod to history, and after one too many vodkas, the team decides to model the terminator after Dutch Schaeffer, the man who originally defeated the predator, and whom Wey-Yu had liquidated shortly after his debriefing. In a moment of humor, some intern coined the name "Sergeant Candy", and rumors of a tongue - in - cheek commercial circulated the office for awhile. A Wey-Yu exec managed to get ahold of a copy, the intern was..."let go".


    At some point in the 1990's, Wey-Yu received credible intelligence that a Predator was active in the Los Angeles area. A team of Wey-Yu scientists and undercover security personnel, led by Peter Keyes was deployed to track and assess the creature, in preparation for the deployment of the first terminator. The terminator follows the Predator into a busy subway station. While waiting for the creature to strike, the terminator witnesses nothing but violence and hostility between the human passengers on the train, and, believing that humanity isn't worth saving, escapes during the ensuing chaos.


    At least, that's where I think it's going. ;D
  13. Olde
    But don't you not age in cryo-sleep? Surely you wouldn't say she's 87 in Aliens, would you? Wouldn't it matter how long the space expedition is? What if the trip was 5, or even 10 years long both ways?
  14. Scorpio
    Seventeen years, five months, eight days.

    Give or take.

    So that would rule out the whole mum thing anyway wouldn't it? Unless Ripleys a robot...

    Or some other mission happened with other people.



    As things stand, it would rule out a connection with Covenant and Ripley.  She is already 12 years old by the time Covenant happens.

    So, Ripley was 29 or 30 in ALIEN.

    I don't sure.

    30.

    Sigourney Weaver was 28/29 during filming.
  15. SM
    Seventeen years, five months, eight days.

    Give or take.

    So that would rule out the whole mum thing anyway wouldn't it? Unless Ripleys a robot...

    Or some other mission happened with other people.



    As things stand, it would rule out a connection with Covenant and Ripley.  She is already 12 years old by the time Covenant happens.

    So, Ripley was 29 or 30 in ALIEN.

    I don't sure.

    30.
  16. kwisatz
    Ridley is not the only problem though. It would help the franchise immensely to start working with competent writers. I mean seriously John Logan for Alien? Dante Harper one effin script, one: AC.

    Bring on more novices ignorants wannabes, F O X, like i care anymore. Wonder Ridley surely will compensate for Dante Harpers writing skills, or not, too bad. Who couldve foreseen this failure, wheres our money... the fans they didnt get it, we have to dumb it down again, not our fault blabla --
  17. PierreVW
    Seventeen years, five months, eight days.

    Give or take.

    So that would rule out the whole mum thing anyway wouldn't it? Unless Ripleys a robot...

    Or some other mission happened with other people.



    As things stand, it would rule out a connection with Covenant and Ripley.  She is already 12 years old by the time Covenant happens.

    So, Ripley was 29 or 30 in ALIEN.

    I don't sure.
  18. echobbase79
    Seventeen years, five months, eight days.

    Give or take.

    So that would rule out the whole mum thing anyway wouldn't it? Unless Ripleys a robot...

    Or some other mission happened with other people.

    It should do. Ridley might not be paying that close attention to the timeline, though.

    While I appreciate he's talking about ideas for later films that may or may not happen, I don't blame people for not wanting the idea. I certainly don't want this kind of thing to come into fruition. I think Isolation was the exception and wouldn't expect Ridley to pull it off with that kind of care. Without really knowing more, it strikes me more as arbitrary connection than anything meaningful.

    It's weird reading comments like this, but I can understand them. He's made some silly mistakes in both Prometheus and Covenant.
  19. Omegamorph
    Seventeen years, five months, eight days.

    Give or take.

    So that would rule out the whole mum thing anyway wouldn't it? Unless Ripleys a robot...

    Or some other mission happened with other people.



    As things stand, it would rule out a connection with Covenant and Ripley.  She is already 12 years old by the time Covenant happens.
    cue in the main char in Awakening saying "oh my poor 12 year old daughter on LV-789..."
  20. kwisatz
    Ripleys mother haa.. as long as she doesnt create the original Alien. Unlike David who created the original Ripley, who is just a protomorph of Sigourney Weaver --

    Or maybe Ridley actually meant Ridley, ja that must be it, the third prequel will portray Ridleys mother: the ultimate space jockey so to speak because Ridleys mother created Ridley who then created the space jockey (who then created eggs or no eggs doesnt matter at all at this point) --

    I dont care as long as we get new planets! New planets!
  21. CainsSon
    I really wish the new film is about the events between Prometheus and Covenant. With only 2 leads, Shaw and David, it could be something quite intimate. Ridley could go full 2001 avante garde with it. I think most fans would love something like that.

    Well, I would like to see that film.

    I really agree with all the posters who don't like to see the narrowing of the Alien universe.

    Someone earlier put it best... Alien works because it makes us think about a massive cold universe where there is true horror awaiting humanity.

    Let's get back to that.

    I liked Prometheus, I know it had flaws but it was different enough to stand on its own merits.

    Covenant seemed like a mishmash of all the movies and it really wasn't its own thing.

    The return of the Engineers and answers to the questions posed in Prometheus is the direction I want it to go and it would be great if we learn that David did recreate the Xeno (which I suppose he did) but I think it's odds on that the Alien of the original movie is crossbreed with an android... Giving us biomechanical qualities it has. Yet there is no need as the Engineers have similar biomechanical characteristics.

    Anyway, who knows what will happen. 


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  22. Highland
    Seventeen years, five months, eight days.

    Give or take.

    So that would rule out the whole mum thing anyway wouldn't it? Unless Ripleys a robot...

    Or some other mission happened with other people.

    It should do. Ridley might not be paying that close attention to the timeline, though.

    While I appreciate he's talking about ideas for later films that may or may not happen, I don't blame people for not wanting the idea. I certainly don't want this kind of thing to come into fruition. I think Isolation was the exception and wouldn't expect Ridley to pull it off with that kind of care. Without really knowing more, it strikes me more as arbitrary connection than anything meaningful.

    Didn't they make some kind of Alien "rules" book? Or is that another franchise, I thought I remember reading that.

    I suppose it is possible with some cryosleep mcguffin to somehow get around it...maybe.
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