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)
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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