Collider recently spoke to Sir Ridley Scott on the promotional trail for Alien: Covenant, and asked him how much of the film ended up on the cutting room floor.
“I almost came out at 2 hours 23 minutes, the first cut. I look at it and go, ‘I’ve got to get this down to two hours’. The only reason I tip my hat off occasionally to screenings is: you think you know everything but you know you don’t. Something inordinately simple you’ve assumed everyone understands but they don’t.You know when it’s a bit too long… right speed, too slow, too fast… if they go, ‘It’s too fast’, you go, ‘Oh shit, I’ve got to slow it down’. In the edit, you can get weary and want to ‘cut, cut, cut’.”
When asked if there are any deleted scenes, Ridley quickly replied, “No, no”, which seems to indicate that an extended cut will not be forthcoming, because it’s all little portions of scenes that were removed and it would be a painstaking job to reconstruct that first cut. Besides, Ridley doesn’t seem to be as interested in this director’s cut business any more these days. Remember when he hinted that a four hour version of Exodus: Gods And Kings may come out, and then changed his mind [and that movie was very obviously hacked down]? Hopefully he’ll change his mind, but I wouldn’t bet on it.