There's a disturbing trend in genre fare these days that everything must have some measure of connectedness that goes far beyond any reasonable assumptions of coincidence, logic and common sense. Life is fairly messy and filled with frayed knots and strings that go nowhere and some that attach to the most unlikely of partners.
I can now breathe a sigh of relief that Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant will not attempt to unite Alien's Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley to Katherine Waterston's Daniels character in the upcoming Prometheus sequel.
In a potential plot point that seemed semi-absurd when first heard, rumors had circulated around the geek networks last June that Daniels would be revealed to be Ripley's mother in Covenant. The chances that these two events would be linked to a blood bond are astronomical and defy any odds of this infinitely ridiculous synchronicity ever happening. But screenwriters are a funny bunch of squirrels and it's not out of the realm of possibilities that the idea was once part of an early draft.
Luckily, Scott has set the record straight at an Alien: Covenant footage screening at last week's SXSW festival in Austin, where the British director quickly quashed the assumption that Ripley and Daniels were related. When asked about the rumor during a roundtable Q&A with Movie Web, here's what Scott had to say:
"No. That was probably way back when. 'Should she be the daughter of Ripley?' I said 'No.' She's herself."
It's important to note that Scott misspoke and actually meant to say the "mother of Ripley" since the events of the Nostromo and LV-426 take place approximately 20 years later in the timeline. Or you can take his senior moment as a clever smokescreen to obscure the real truth!
Where this originated from is unknown, but an interesting component to this charade is that the Prometheus mission is set in the year 2091 and Ellen Ripley's official birthdate is one year after in 2092. Hmmm. Who else might be Ripley's mommy?
We've already had a family connection in the Aliens Director's Cut, when we see Ripley's daughter, Amanda, aka "Amy," in a debriefing scene with Burke, but there's never any mention of her spacefaring mom in the franchise. Then we also got this same daughter hunting for her mom 15 years after the xenomorph encounter in the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation.
We don't need any more cleanly tied threads for this story to captivate. The narrative of Alien: Covenant will unfold with more plausibility and effectiveness without Waterston giving birth to Ellen Ripley, and we can thank Scott for nixing that ridiculous notion.
Alien: Covenant opens on May 19.
(via Bloody Disgusting)