Seen Prometheus? Pretty cool, right? Well according to the show’s original screenwriter it could have and should have been a very different movie.
Jon Spaihts, who was originally on board to write, told Empire magazine that the first draft promised something much closer to the Alien movies we were all expecting but they were removed by Damon Lindelof before the film made it into production.
So what kind of stuff would we have seen from Spaihts version? Well firstly there would be no subtle contamination of Logan Marshall-Green’s Holloway but rather a full on Face Hugger impregnation scene followed by a brutal rape of his girlfriend Shaw.
“David, as he began to get fascinated by the science of the Engineers, doesn’t deliberately contaminate Holloway with a drop of black liquid. Instead, Holloway hubristically removes his helmet in the chamber — a version of which happens in the finished Prometheus — is knocked unconscious, facehugged and wakes up not knowing what had been done to him, and stumbles back into the ship,”
Spaihts then describes a “messy” scene, in which Holloway returns to his cabin and is “embraced by Shaw, who is delighted to see him having feared that he had died, and the two of them make love, and it’s while they’re making love that he bursts and dies.”
David the Android continued to show his dark side later when he traps Shaw and introduces her to a Face Hugger as well, throat first. ”He caresses an egg open and out comes a facehugger,” Spaihts said, noting that because David isn’t human, “he can handle the the thing like a kitten. He toys with her for a bit and then lets it take her. That, in my draft, was how Shaw was implanted with the parasite that she had to remove with the medpod sequence.” According to Spaihts, the creature then escapes and slaughters the entire crew. Quite different to the sequences we got to see when the film finally made it to cinemas earlier this year.
Of course all of these ideas were scrapped when Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof got their heads together, but it just goes to show how much a film can change from the early stages of development.
But which version would you rather have seen? Have your say below.
This article was first posted on October 11, 2012