John Spaihts shares secrets from his Prometheus script


Ah, Prometheus, how I detest that you keep finding your way back into my life, especially with news like this. Jon Spaihts, the screenwriter who worked on several drafts of the script before it was handed off to Damen Lindelof for rewriting, has decided to share a few of the key scenes from the film as he had originally envisioned them. In the spirit of brevity I’ll just share one, but if you are even remotely interested in the Prometheus that could have been I highly recommend you read Empire’s article on the Spaihts. 

Several scenes were scrapped or changed, but overall Spaihts’ version of the film leaned much more toward the already established Aliens universe, making use of the facehuggers and chestbursters that we have come to know and love. One such scene is described by Spaihts below: 

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, is knocked unconscious, facehugged and wakes up not knowing what had been done to him, and stumbles back into the ship. In my draft, he returns to his cabin, 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. So that lovemaking sequence echoed my original lovemaking sequence where he explodes! It was messy.

I love it when a scene is described as ‘messy’. It’s a shame we’ll never see what could have been, especially since the finished product turned out to be so hackneyed, but I’m sure in some alternate universe somewhere moviegoers were fortunate enough to see a man’s chest explode as he made love to his wife.

[Empire via Badass Digest]