Ridley Scott cut a total of 20 minutes of footage from Alien: Covenant. Fans were quick to notice a variety of scenes present in the various Alien: Covenant trailers which went unseen in the final cut of the film, but those are only minute fractions of the total 20 minutes lost. Despite claims of the film being relatively on the mark with regards to following the film's final script draft, there's no mistaking the fact that a large chunk of Covenant's story was left on the cutting room floor before it debuted to audiences worldwide. Speaking to Collider, Scott explained:
I always come out at almost 2:23 first cut. Look at it, and go I’ve got to get to two hours.
Usually cuts are made to reduce redundancy and improve the pacing and flow of the film's story. However, Covenant's final two acts seemed to progress at an increasingly fast pace - almost rushing a number of sequences.
What exactly these cut scenes entail, we're unsure. We're also unsure if they will ever be included in a special Director's cut of the film during its home entertainment release. However, as we learn more we'll be sure to keep you updated!
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