Alien: Covenant has been a hit or miss with many fans and critics, but at two hours long, director Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender, in an interview with Collider, confirm that there weren’t very many deleted scenes.
Scott discussed that he knows he has to “slow down” because when he edits, his first instinct is to continue cutting stuff from the movie.
Ridley Scott: The only reason I occasionally take my hat off to screenings is you think you know everything, but you know you don’t. Something inordinately simple you’ve assumed everyone understands and they don’t. That’s the key thing, isn’t it? You know when it’s a bit too long. And also, if you’re a bit too long you then ask “Right speed? Too slow? Too fast?” If they go, “no, too fast” you go “sh*t, I’ve got to slow down” – because as you edit, you can get weary and want to cut, cut, cut.
Collider: Oh, so were there a lot of deleted scenes?
Michael Fassbender: I don’t think so.
Scott: I always come out at almost 2:23 first cut, look at it, and go “I’ve got to get to two hours”.
So if the first cut was originally an extra twenty minutes or so, it’s guaranteed that some of those will be appearing on the Blu-Ray and DVD as deleted scenes in a few months.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz. Here’s the official synopsis:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant is currently playing in theaters.