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Jon Spaihts' Alien-oriented Prometheus script leaks

Nov. 12, 2012by: Ike Oden
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Listen, I get it. PROMETHEUS fans really, really love the film and I admire their passion for it. However, I'm one of those dudes who sits firmly in the "this-should-have-been-better" camp. It's fine, we're all still friends, I just wish the film would have been more rooted in the original ALIEN'S mythos. Now I have an excuse to obsess over how the film was initially much more ALIEN-oriented, as a draft of Jon Spaihts' take on PROMETHEUS has leaked to the masses. What's even better is that it's been confirmed by Spaihts himself as the real deal.

How much does the script harken back to the original ALIEN franchise? Well, considering the fact the it's titled ALIEN: ENGINEERS, I'm guessing a lot. Last month, Spaihts came out and discussed the differences between the finished film and his original draft. Based on that report, the elements you'll probably find in this draft that were removed from PROMETHEUS are a chestburster lovemaking scene(NSFW!), facehuggers, David pulling a "Burke" on Shaw (named "Watts" here) successfully, and, of course, those loveable Xenomorphs. For a fanboy such as myself, you could sum that sentence up with "Everything you wanted from PROMETHEUS and then some."

As a guy who lives to read unproduced drafts of my favorite (and sometimes least favorite) flicks, I can't help but feel this PROMETHEUS draft is a real find. You can download your PDF copy of the script here. Anyone who gives it a read should be sure to talk back with your thoughts on the script (and maybe the picture we've included of star Charlize Theron) below.

Extra Tidbit: Someone should collect all of the unused drafts of ALIEN 3, along with concept art, into one book. I'd buy that.

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10:22PM on 11/13/2012

so sad to see what could have been

I loved Spaihts script, MUCH better than the Lindelof rewrite. Prometheus is a great standalone movie, but I (along with everyone I know) really wanted an Alien prequel. Even though I knew going into the movie it wasn't going to be a prequel I was frustrated with the parallels it made.

As for the book of Alien 3 drafts and concept art - I'd buy that too.
I loved Spaihts script, MUCH better than the Lindelof rewrite. Prometheus is a great standalone movie, but I (along with everyone I know) really wanted an Alien prequel. Even though I knew going into the movie it wasn't going to be a prequel I was frustrated with the parallels it made.

As for the book of Alien 3 drafts and concept art - I'd buy that too.
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6:15PM on 11/13/2012
Haven't read it yet--will DEFINITELY do so, I love seeing early drafts of scripts--but I was just curious to see, am I the only one who liked that Prometheus got away from the Alien mythos a little bit to tell its own tale? Doesn't really matter--to each their own--but I was curious what others thought.
Haven't read it yet--will DEFINITELY do so, I love seeing early drafts of scripts--but I was just curious to see, am I the only one who liked that Prometheus got away from the Alien mythos a little bit to tell its own tale? Doesn't really matter--to each their own--but I was curious what others thought.
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11:49PM on 11/12/2012

Read it, Loved it

The script which surfaced now feels superior to me as opposed to what weve gotten in Prometheus. Its tied into Alien on a larger scale and manages to give the characters more proper stuff to do as opposed to Prometheus were the entire crew was basically filler. You can see where Lindelof took from Spaihts, and I for one am dissapointed with how it ultimately turned out. Hopefully a sequel will do a better job, to me Prometheus doesn't exist in the world of Alien.
The script which surfaced now feels superior to me as opposed to what weve gotten in Prometheus. Its tied into Alien on a larger scale and manages to give the characters more proper stuff to do as opposed to Prometheus were the entire crew was basically filler. You can see where Lindelof took from Spaihts, and I for one am dissapointed with how it ultimately turned out. Hopefully a sequel will do a better job, to me Prometheus doesn't exist in the world of Alien.
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3:08PM on 11/12/2012

Spoilers discussed below.....

I'll definately give this a read, it does sound like everything a fanboy could want but that doesn't mean to say it would have made the better movie in the end. I had some problems with prometheus but ultimately loved it - maybe not immediately and I'm glad it was THAT type of movie. My main gripe was killing Vickers - no need and she would have been a very interesting character to see in the sequel especially with Shaw and David given her relationships with both.
I'll definately give this a read, it does sound like everything a fanboy could want but that doesn't mean to say it would have made the better movie in the end. I had some problems with prometheus but ultimately loved it - maybe not immediately and I'm glad it was THAT type of movie. My main gripe was killing Vickers - no need and she would have been a very interesting character to see in the sequel especially with Shaw and David given her relationships with both.
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5:50PM on 11/13/2012
My biggest problem was Vickers as well--which was especially disheartening since she was played by the best actor in the film (and one of the best actresses currently working), Ms. Theron. To me, it seemed as though they attempted to expand her role once Theron was attached, however, they had no clue what to do with her.
*SPOILERS*

They attempted to allude to the fact that she may or may not have been a droid, and then never elaborated on it.
They establish her to be a Weyland-suit there
My biggest problem was Vickers as well--which was especially disheartening since she was played by the best actor in the film (and one of the best actresses currently working), Ms. Theron. To me, it seemed as though they attempted to expand her role once Theron was attached, however, they had no clue what to do with her.
*SPOILERS*

They attempted to allude to the fact that she may or may not have been a droid, and then never elaborated on it.
They establish her to be a Weyland-suit there for the company's self-interest, similar to Burke in "Aliens", but she's never actually villainous enough...and then the twist about her being Weyland's daughter, which didn't actually serve the story at all, and didn't give her much more depth or insight. And since she's not a robot, or a villain, you assume she'll have some key tie to the story overall, but doesn't...she simply gets crushed by the Engineers' ship.
It was as if they forgot her character was still alive and figured they should kill her off so Shaw could have her final showdown with the Engineer...
I agree, in that I was hoping she'd be kept around for the sequel, since she could have grown to be a much more complex and interesting character.
Even with all that said, I still really, really liked "Prometheus".
4:16AM on 11/14/2012
i just rewatched prometheus the other day, and i'm now in the camp that thinks Vickers was a droid.....so maybe she might somehow be included in the sequal (along with david's head)??
i just rewatched prometheus the other day, and i'm now in the camp that thinks Vickers was a droid.....so maybe she might somehow be included in the sequal (along with david's head)??
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