When we got word this weekend that one, unused alternate ending of Shane Black’s The Predator made a connection to Alien with a character named Ripley, I immediately assumed this was a relative of Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver); her great-great-great-great grandmother perhaps. Surely this character couldn’t be “our” Ripley, because time travel is ridiculous—right?
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I guess I had too much faith in common sense when it comes to movie scripting. Yesterday brought news that yet another unused ending to The Predator attempted a connection to the Alien franchise, this time by brining Newt (originally played by Carrie Henn in 1986’s Aliens) back from the future. Que the groans! Yuri Everson, the artist who shared the Ripley photo/news (link above) describes the Newt ending we could have seen:
“We shot 3 different endings for The Predator, all variations of a “Predator Killer”. This unused ending was Predator Killer Newt aka Rebecca Jordan wearing the breather mask we created for the film. You can see her name there on the monitors. Breanna Watkins played Newt.”
If you missed The Predator while it was in theaters, the film is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and VOD. Give the trailer and synopsis and gander below. Black directed The Predator from a screenplay penned by Fred Dekker; the film’s sizable ensemble cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, and Olivia Munn.
From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.