This article covers all the known deleted scenes from the 1992 film Alien3. Some of these sequences never progressed past the early script or storyboard stages, while others were filmed before being cut during the editing process. Despite their removal, several of these scenes were included in the movie's novelization and comic book adaptation.
Note that sequences initially deleted from the theatrical release of the film but later reinstated in the extended Special Edition are not listed here; details on these scenes can instead be found in the Special Edition article. Also omitted are details regarding the various scripts by William Gibson, Eric Red, David Twohy, Vincent Ward and others that were not ultimately used.
Alien3 had an incredibly troubled development, and even after the final shooting script had been decided upon, the screenplay underwent at least 11 different drafts during the course of production. These revisions were still being made — often hastily — after filming had begun and many significant story changes were made as shooting was taking place, to the point where the crew would learn that scenes they had filmed just days previously were already being dropped from from the movie. In addition to the frequent rewrites during filming, the movie underwent substantial restructuring in post-production following test screenings.
Perhaps the most notable alterations made during the film's fraught production centered on the prisoner Golic, who was originally involved in a significantly more extensive subplot regarding his reverence for the Dragon. His actions in the latter half of the film and the manner of his death underwent drastic changes as the script was repeatedly revised, only for much of the material actor Paul McGann filmed as the character to be deleted from the final cut during editing (the extended Special Edition would later reinstate much of McGann's performance). Along with Golic, the fates of several other major characters in the movie similarly changed several times before the film was completed.
Owing to the significant number of times the film's script was reworked during production, several of the deleted scenes listed below are contradictory in nature.
Visible in the workprint of the film are several brief alternate shots of events aboard the Sulaco during the opening credits montage, including an x-ray shot on a monitor of a Facehugger proboscis working its way down its victim's throat.
In at least one of the shooting script's many alternate drafts, Hicks is killed in his hypersleep tube when a Chestburster erupts from his body. In this version of events, it is the emerging Chestburster that starts the electrical fire on board, having damaged Hicks' cryotube.
Originally, the Sulaco was going to be seen partially exploding after the EEV jettisons, the intention being that this explosion is what damages the EEV's guidance systems, causing it to crash on Fiorina 161 instead of landing safely. While the sequence was apparently filmed, it was left out of the final cut, although it did appear in the novelization of the film.
In the original script, it is Newt who is impregnated by a Facehugger aboard the Sulaco, not Ripley. Then, when she subsequently begins to drown on Fiorina 161, the embryonic Xenomorph was to be shown emerging from her mouth and entering Ripley's, thus switching hosts. The entire concept was dropped before filming, likely to both simplify the Queen Chestburster's origins and to maintain the surprise when Ripley discovers she is impregnated later in the film, but the sequence was included in the comic adaptation of the film. Strangely, the scenario of the embryo switching hosts was later resurrected in the Alien Legacy trading card set.
The aquatic Facehugger
Among the new creature designs created by H. R. Giger for the movie was that of an "aquatic Facehugger", to be seen swimming ashore following the EEV crash at the beginning of the film. While the sequence was never filmed, it seems likely the webbed digits on the Royal Facehugger from the Special Edition were inspired by Giger's design.
An alternate take of the scene where Clemens takes Ripley to see the EEV wreckage had him give a different explanation of the prisoners' job on Fiorina; instead of maintaining the lead foundry and its blast furnace, he explains they are there to monitor large volumes of toxic waste dumped on the planet, and to manufacture lead shielding that is used to seal off any potential leaks. This version of events is used in the comic adaptation.
Originally Newt's autopsy was far more graphic, including close-ups of the surgical procedure and her internal organs. Poor receptions in test screenings caused the sequence to be progressively trimmed to the version ultimately seen on film.
- "There was an autopsy scene on the girl that I... I like certain gore in films, I do it, and it made me sick. It really grossed me out and I remember that people got up and left, walked out of the theater at the time. And I was just thinking, this'll never be in the film. They can't show this stuff. It was just too much."
- ―Makeup artist Greg Cannom, regarding the uncut autopsy scene
The lead works
A scripted scene that would have introduced several of the background prisoners showed Troy, Martin, David, Arthur and Morse working in the lead foundry, using the prison's oxen to haul carts of ore from the underground tunnels. As they work, they discuss whether to attend the impending funeral for Newt and Hicks, at which point Dillon and Junior arrive, with Dillon informing the prisoners that they will all be going to the funeral to pay their respects. A version of this scene features in the novelization.
After Dillon says his prayer at the funeral, Ripley was to scratch her head and discover a horde of lice on her fingertips. This scene was filmed but not used, although it is included in the novelization and the comic.
The scene where the Dragon is born from Spike the Rottweiler was originally considerably more violent, with a shot of the infant Xenomorph flopping out of the dog's carcass, covered in gore. As with several other sequences in the film, it was cut back for fear of being too graphic.
- Only available as part of Wreckage and Rage: Making Alien 3
Murphy's death in the ventilation shaft was cut considerably for violence. Prosthetic appliances for close-up shots of Murphy's face disfigured by the Dragon's acid spit were made and used in filming, but the footage never made it into the movie. Extra footage of Murphy's remains splattering the sides of the ventilation shaft was also filmed but never used. In addition, early cuts of the film had Murphy singing "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones; in all released versions of the film he instead sings "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Dennis Zager and Richard Evans.
An actual sex scene between Ripley and Clemens was filmed, but not ultimately used. Instead, their union occurs off-screen.
After the Dragon kills Boggs and Golic is sprayed with his blood, Golic originally looked up at the creature and saw it as some kind of fiery dragon, distorted by imaginary heat. In the final film, the creature merely bares its teeth at Golic.
A large amount of footage was filmed of the Xenomorph's shadows on the wall above Golic in the scene where it enters the infirmary and kills Clemens. Clemens' death itself was also more bloody, with extra footage of blood squirting from his head when he is killed.
Some shots filmed during the explosions that kill several of the prisoners were never used in either cut of the film (although some were used in Alien3's trailer). There was also additional footage of the Dragon running through the flames, including a shot showing the creature distorted by the heat in the same fashion as Golic's earlier vision of the fiery demon.
While the scene where Golic is killed by the Dragon when he releases it was reinstated for the Special Edition, his audible scream as the creature slays him was left out. Footage was also filmed of the other prisoners later finding his mutilated body inside the nuclear waste tank. While not used in the film, Golic's body was seen in the Alien3 comic.
Before the script was altered to have Golic die when he frees the Dragon from captivity, he originally survived the incident, with the Xenomorph simply running past him when he opened the waste tank door. Following this, he spies on Ripley when she scans herself inside the wrecked EEV. When he sees the Chestburster she is carrying on the monitor, he grins.
Another scene featuring Golic after he releases the Dragon. After learning that the Xenomorph is loose once more, Eric, William, Christopher and one other inmate gather in the abattoir, planning to escape and take their chances on the planet's surface. When some of the nearby lights start to go out, Eric and Christopher go to investigate. When William turns to the man with him he finds him lying dead, his throat cut, and Golic standing over his corpse holding a bloody knife. Before William can raise the alarm Golic stabs him in the heart, and then heads off to get the others.
The meat locker
A large scene cut before filming showed how the Xenomorph built a Hive in the prison's assembly hall, wherein it cocooned many of its victims alive, presumably ready to be hosts once the Queen matured and began laying Eggs. Dillon and Morse were to find the Hive and the numerous prisoners cocooned there, including Andrews, who begged to be killed. Dillon sets the Hive alight with a flare, incinerating the cocooned men, only to discover the Dragon was hiding overhead all along when it screeches loudly. Dillon pushes Morse through a door and locks it behind him, before turning to face the Xenomorph alone, praying softly. Ripley and Aaron arrive alongside Morse but are unable to get through the door, and can only watch as the Dragon kills Dillon (he died far earlier in this draft of the script) and drags his body away into an air shaft. While the sequence was never filmed, at least two of the cocoons were partially constructed.
Yet another script draft featured a greatly scaled-down version of the "meat locker" scene, featuring only Golic, who is not killed by the Dragon when he releases it from the waste tank but is instead taken and cocooned alive in the prison's abattoir. He is eventually found by Dillon and Morse. The sequence, like the larger Hive scene before it, was eventually removed from the script.
A short but fairly well-known excision was made during the scene where Ripley goes to find the Xenomorph in the basement. After it drops down, the creature originally reared up over her as she lay on the floor before running away.
Troy's bodyFootage was shot of Dillon discovering Troy's mangled body during the bait-and-chase sequence, but not used. This brief scene is included in the film's novelization.
The company's arrival
When the Weyland-Yutani science team arrived, they were originally to be met by Golic, who takes them to the abattoir and shows them the bodies of the prisoners he killed earlier. Michael Bishop asks Golic where the other inmates are, and Golic responds that the Dragon killed most of them, before asking if Bishop has anything to eat.
When the film was rewritten to have Golic dead before the company team arrives, it became Aaron who met them. However, the scene originally featured extra dialogue removed from both cuts of the movie. After greeting Aaron, the scientist asks him if he has seen the beast. Aaron confirms that he has, before explaining that Ripley has one inside her. Bishop, his face shrouded in shadow, says, "We know that." After the men in the background put down the cage, Aaron tells them, "You're gonna need a bigger cage than that."
The manner in which Dillon was killed changed several times during filming, with some early script drafts having him die far earlier in the film. Initially, Dillon (named Malcolm at this stage) was killed defending Morse from the Dragon in the assembly hall. This sequence then developed into the "meat locker" scene, itself later dropped, where the Dragon rips a hole in Dillon's chest after he sets fire to the creature's Hive. Dillon's demise was subsequently moved to the final confrontation in the lead works at the end of the movie, although at first it was planned to have him escape the lead mold before the lead was poured on the Dragon. With the Xenomorph supposedly dead, Ripley asks Dillon to kill her, as he had promised. He prepares to strangle her, but ultimately finds he cannot bring himself to do it; at that moment, the Dragon emerges from the lead and drags Dillon back into the boiling metal, killing him. While none of these alternate deaths were filmed, the last was used in the novelization and the comic adaptation.
Like Dillon, Aaron's death was altered several times during the course of the film's production. Originally, he was to be pulled into a vat of molten glass by the Dragon during the final confrontation (the glass works standing in as a precursor to the lead foundry used in the finished film). Script changes then had Aaron die holding the Dragon inside the mold while Ripley escaped, a role eventually given to Dillon in the movie. Another alternate draft of the shooting script had the Weyland-Yutani Commandos gun Aaron down as soon as they arrived at the prison, immediately after he admits to them that he had seen the Xenomorph.
For the last time
A brief moment deleted just before Ripley douses the Dragon in water, finally killing it; she says, "For the last time..." before pulling the chain to unleash the water. This line is seen in the film's trailers.
Weyland and Golic
Following the discovery of the men Golic has murdered, the Weyland-Yutani team heads to the lead works. While Bishop is pleading with Ripley to come with him, Golic attacks him, shouting that he hates droids before burying an axe in the back of Bishop's head. Bishop dies from his wounds and the commandos shoot Golic dead.
Several script drafts had Bishop die after being bludgeoned by Aaron/Golic, following which one of the Weyland-Yutani scientists, named Dr. Matshuita, would take over and attempt to convince Ripley to come with them. It was eventually decided Bishop's death was an anti-climax and the script was changed to have him survive, while Dr. Matshuita was relegated to an unnamed background character.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Alien Archives - ALIEN³ – THE L.A. RESHOOTS". Retrieved on 2019-05-01.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Vincent Ward, David Giler, Ezra Swerdlow, Sigourney Weaver, Paul McGann, Alec Gillis. Wreckage and Rage: Making Alien3 (2010), 20th Century Fox [Blu-ray].
- ↑ Mark Kermode, Ridley Scott, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Sigourney Weaver. Alien Evolution (2001), Nobles Gate Scotland [DVD].
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- ↑ Dave Hughes, Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Alien3 Movie Special #1, p. 41 (1992), Dark Horse International.
- ↑ "Weyland-Yutani Archives - Alien 3: The Aquatic Facehugger". Retrieved on 2014-09-29.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - Alien 3 Unseen: The December 18 1990 Draft". Retrieved on 2014-09-29.
- ↑ Dave Hughes, Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Alien3 Movie Special #2, p. 5 (1992), Dark Horse International.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - Alien 3: The Cocoon Sequence". Retrieved on 2013-04-18.
- ↑ "Strange Shapes - The Meat Locker". Retrieved on 2014-09-26.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - The Alternate Deaths of Dillon". Retrieved on 2013-04-19.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - The Many Deaths of Aaron 85". Retrieved on 2013-04-19.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 "Strange Shapes - Dog-Catchers". Retrieved on 2013-08-27.