This has ultimately come to the screen with Prometheus and now Covenant , but the creation-minded series could have been very different had the original idea been used. Commissioned around the same time Scott came on board, it would have taken the series in a more direct, series-faithful journey to the original. Damon Lindelof, best known for Lost, took Engineers and injected some of J. Abrams' mystery box ethos, leading to a more high-minded script with serious distance from the original Alien. A group of scientists led by Jocelyn Watts and Professor Martin Holloway find evidence of humanity's creators on Earth, meet with Peter Weyland and travel off in search of their creators on a ship called the Magellan. Their destination is LV, the moon in the original Alien.
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And so it was that, when Prometheus arrived in cinemas early this year, more people were leaving their seats with looks of pained bemusement than joy. Far from answering the questions posed by its trailers, Prometheus added to them. If those god-like alien Engineers create human life on Earth, why did they decide to destroy it?
Why did they use flutes to turn their spaceships on and off? Why did everyone in the cast behave like unruly year-old kids on a school trip? Ad — content continues below. By this point, the project was no longer a prequel, but a less direct predecessor — a directive, we later learned, which was handed down from the people in suits at Fox.
Earlier this week, those questions could finally be answered, as a leaked copy of a Spaihts draft appeared online. Although there were initial doubts over its provenance, Spaihts later confirmed that it was genuine. Initially, it appears to be markedly similar. Moving forward in history, we meet our two central characters, a pair of archaeologists hunting for clues of alien visitations in ancient art.
In this draft, the duo are rather different; the one played by Noomi Rapace in the movie is called Jocelyn Watts in this version of the script, and not Elizabeth Shaw. Although roughly the same age early 30s , Watts is less overtly religious than Shaw, and no reference is made to her being unable to conceive a fairly major plot point which was clearly introduced in later drafts.
This version of Holloway does, however, have an annoying habit of quoting the Bible all the time in the second half of the film. Piecing together a star map from ancient art, Watts and Holloway lead an expedition to a distant moon, all funded by the unfeasibly rich Peter Weyland.
Some of the character motivations, meanwhile, are somewhat different. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! Naturally, things go awry when the ship touches down on that distant moon, which, in this draft, is LV the site of those nightmarish events in Alien. Within lurk long-dead Engineers, scuttling, centipede-like creatures, and leathery pods containing some very familiar parasites.
Yet even here, there are two comically hapless chaps named Fifield and Milburn, and they still end up spending a stormy night in the alien pyramid. Milburn is still attacked by something weird that wraps around his arm, and Fifield still mutates into a big, fleshy monster with an elongated head. One thing is missing, though: alien goo. Its presence is also far more limited here, and the insect cloud only shows up twice in the entire script: once to devour that luckless sacrificial Engineer at the start of the movie, and again to turn Fifield into a rampaging beast.
Instead, Spaihts concentrates on gradually reintroducing the acid-spitting xenomorph immortalised by HR Giger in Moreover, the kidnapped head actually serves a dramatic if rather peculiar purpose.
In her scientific probings, Watts discovers that the Engineers wear goggles that allow them to see rays of light invisible to the naked eye — rays that David already knows an awful lot about. Ah yes, David. In it, David reveals his true villainy. Dragging Watts into an alien egg chamber, he teases open one of the leathery pods, and coaxes out the facehugger within.
These moments in the script exemplify the difference between earlier drafts and what ended up on the large screen. Many of the same elements ended up in Prometheus, albeit in distorted form. The earlier introduction of the med-pod is just as clunky and pointed as it is in the finished movie, and the Fifield monster still reads like an extraneous addition to a story already overflowing with monsters of all sizes. Peter Weyland is introduced at the beginning of the script, and never returns. Admittedly, the motivation for that extermination is still obscure.
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How Alien: Engineers differs from Prometheus
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Edward Davis. Somewhere in that development process Ridley Scott changed his mind and felt he needed something less direct. Here is what we learned from reading the script and paying deep attention to the commentary track featuring Spaihts and Lindelof. One version of his script had the explorers discovering a star map under water. Though Spaihts says there were several versions of this scene, his favorite was cut for budgetary reasons: it was a submarine expedition in the Mediterranean, at a sunken city.
I did not bother to read the original script for Prometheus written by Jon Spaihts until today 4 years later. And I might even dare say that we'd of had a much better movie on our hands, at the very least, we'd of seen an extremely different set of events occur. I can't really judge too harshly because only one was made into a sweet film. This has already been beat to death I'm sure but the original script is very rewarding for those who decide to read it. With a little imagination, you will see in your mind's eye, a beefier, scarier, more diabolical version of Prometheus. With more explanation for sure.
Speihts Original Script of Prometheus VERY Different
And so it was that, when Prometheus arrived in cinemas early this year, more people were leaving their seats with looks of pained bemusement than joy. Far from answering the questions posed by its trailers, Prometheus added to them. If those god-like alien Engineers create human life on Earth, why did they decide to destroy it? Why did they use flutes to turn their spaceships on and off? Why did everyone in the cast behave like unruly year-old kids on a school trip?