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Original ‘Prometheus’ script hits web

- November 13th, 2012

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By now, anyone who cared knows that the original version of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was first dreamt up by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour).

Written as a prequel to Scott’s landmark Alien, which spawned three sequels and two spin-offs, Spaihts’ original draft was reworked by Damon Lindelof (Lost). What had begun as a full-on prequel, was left merely containing some “DNA” of the earlier films.

Well, thanks to Wired, you can now read the original version of Spaihts’ screenplay way back when it was titled, Alien: Engineers.

In case you’re doubtful the script is legit, Spaihts confirmed it is the real deal on Twitter.

 

Some of the character names are different (Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw is named Jocelyn Watts and Logan Marshall-Green’s Charlie Holloway goes by Martin Holloway), but the biggest change is the appearance of the chestbursting facehugger itself.

Thanks to David (played in the film by Michael Fassbender), Holloway becomes infected by an alien, and during a particularly graphic sex scene the little guy rears his ugly head.

“He begins to convulse,” Spaihts’s script reads. “A horrible CRACK. In the middle of Halloway’s chest, beneath the sternum, a grotesque head pushes out through the skin… Blood fountains from the ruinous wound.”

Spaihts is OK with the script being freely available online. “The interest in the script speaks, more than anything, to their love of the film and the Alien universe,” he tells Wired.

*Note: Sorry folks, the script has been removed by 20th Century Fox*