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Before the 1979 hit film Alien was created, there were different versions such as; the original script by Dan O'Bannon, where the film would be called Star Beast, Ripley was going to be male, the original design of the Alien, etc.


The original idea was similar to the final film, but with some differences; Star Beast was going to be the name of the movie from Dan O'Bannon's original script. Ripley was originally written to be played by a man. German actress and model Veruschka de Lehndorff was targeted for the role of the Alien. In the original designs by artist HR Giger, the original Alien design was similar to the final version, only it had eyes and no tail. Ripley and Dallas were going to have a sex scene together. The original ending ended with the Alien killing Ripley on the Narcissus and the Alien recording a message on the shuttle imitating Dallas' voice.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. Due to creative differences, the ideas had to be changed: Star Beast was renamed Alien, Sigourney Weaver ended up being chosen to play Ripley, Bolaji Badejo was chosen for the role of the Alien and was They removed some recorded scenes that did not make it to the final version. But the infamous "Eggmorphing" scene was included in the Alien Director's Cut.
  2. Studio executives didn't like Ridley Scott's original idea of the Alien killing Ripley at the end, as they thought it was a rather dark and depressing ending.


  • This version of Alien was permanently cancelled.
  • The final version of Alien was released in 1979 and was a huge success, spawning sequels, two prequels, two crossovers with the Predator franchise, a TV show to be released in 2024, and a Standalone film directed by Fede Alvarez for Hulu.
  • Ripley would be later killed off in the third film.