Jon Spaihts' Original PROMETHEUS Screenplay (ALIEN: ENGINEERS) Now Available To Read Online

Jon Spaihts wrote an almost direct prequel to Ridley Scott's Alien before Lost's Damon Lindelof came in and took the film in a direction which didn't include such well-known franchise favourites as xenomorphs or face-huggers. Well, you can now read that original draft right here!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/12/2012
Prometheus definitely seems to be one of those films that people either love or hate, but even those who praise the (sort-of) Alien prequel - you can read my own 5* review by clicking HERE - can't deny that there were a few slightly frustrating plot holes. Many of these were answered by the deleted scenes contained within the DVD and Blu-ray releases, while the others will surely be answered in the highly anticipated sequel. However, if you're interested in finding out what might have been if Ridley Scott had decided to move ahead with Jon Spaihts' screenplay, then you will most definitely want to have a read of this! Oh, and for those of you who doubt its authenticity, Spaihts himself has verified its authenticity as you can see from the Tweet at the bottom of this article. Simply click on the image below to read Alien: Engineers. What do you guys think?





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DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 1:24 PM
bout to get busy
soberchimera - 11/12/2012, 1:52 PM
CaptainObvious - 11/12/2012, 1:53 PM
Someone needs to tell Damon Lindelof that there is a difference between ambiguity and just not answering anything.
95 - 11/12/2012, 2:04 PM
I started reading this 20 minutes ago. Really good. Only a few pages in, though. Haven't even seen this film yet, lol.
SanFranLand - 11/12/2012, 2:29 PM
@soberchimera61--Hahahahahahahaha!!!!! I can't stop laughing over all that attitude!
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 3:05 PM
wow.Just got done with it.so good . Can't believe we got what we got. No one takes their helmet off either.lol. Can't imagine what made them go the other route.
GodzillaKart - 11/12/2012, 3:07 PM
@Splenda: My thoughts exactly. I can't think of any other movie that was so beautiful and so unbelievably stupid.
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 3:07 PM
david makes more sense in this version. the holloway infection makes more sense. there wasn't a retarded biologist in this one.seriously. good read.
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 3:08 PM
@Splenda and godzila...It was lindelofs...damn that was the movie we should have gotten
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 3:23 PM
way cooler description of how the ship flies and why they wear the suit...gone is Zamphir and his mighty flute driven space ship
soberchimera - 11/12/2012, 5:12 PM
@Dionysios This is the same director who took Nottingham, a very interesting reinterpretation of the Robin Hood story, and retooled it into a generic mediocre snoozefest.
pintoman - 11/12/2012, 5:13 PM
Is this an ad?

Yes, there were many ploy holes. No, they were not answered. The sequel is NOT highly anticipated.
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 5:22 PM
@Sober....it's funny you say that because a lot of the things in Prometheus were in Dan Obannons first draft of Alien(But used haphazardly in PRMTHS). They had to cut a lot due to budget. So maybe it wasn't as Much Lindelof as it was a mix between he and Ridley for how this movie turned out.

@Pintoman...I think it's an ad for the Original Screenwriter because the original Draft was waaaay better than the shooting script
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 6:30 PM
@Splenda it gets better. I love that everyone had been cast when reading it. Made the story come to life! I feel like I finally got to see the Prometheus I was promised. Shit was good
jjk2814 - 11/12/2012, 6:36 PM
Just read it myself,
I gotta say, while Prometheus is far from perfect, this would have been a much worse movie. To me, it would have just been ANOTHER Alien movie. With little to nothing unique about it. Plot-wise at least. Sure, this script would have featured some new creatures to look at, a few interesting takes on the classic alien.

But it just reads like a combination of Alien and Aliens.

I also think a lot of the dialogue in this script is lazy at times, and typical sci-fi campiness in others.

Watts:(Regarding the Alien she had removed from he chest and shoots)
"I brought it in..."Lifts her rifle"And I took it out."

I mean, thats just bad...

Again, Prometheus was far from perfect, but this movie would have been completely forgettable.
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 7:06 PM
but at least her operation lasted longer than 10 min. there are cons to the script but it's not like the dialog couldn't have evolved during shooting. As for it being an alien dupe...really? It has the same story structure as prometheus but at least tied to alien. Prometheus wanted to be tied to alien but was too cool to actually say so...so they just throw in the same tropes as all the alien flicks but try to distance it'self until the last scene..where it's like...oh yeah ...here's a xenomorph.
DioFoRio - 11/12/2012, 7:10 PM
the movie we got was garbage when it came to story. The opening scene was smarter than the whole film we were given. I mean Jesus they so wanted to distance their selves from alien as to go around some long ass convoluted scenarios just to get to the face hugger. Liquid in a drink, hope they have sex, give birth to alien.
jjk2814 - 11/12/2012, 7:18 PM
I definitely get where youre coming from Dionysis. In fact, if I had read this the night I saw Prometheus, I'd probably be way more prone to agree with you.

Here's what I mean by an Alien/ALiens clone. Simply the fact that it devolves into a "lets get some guns and shoot stuff."

In regards to the dialogue, you're right, it naturally could have evolved, but I really thought the build-up to the mission was all very clunky, to me, at least.

For the surgery scene, I think what we had was more-than-enough. If you're a person who likes gore, than this script as a whole would have been better for you. And I understand that, I prefer my horror to be more implied than shown.

But my biggest problem, is what I said above, it became just another action movie.

In the end though, I think I just grew to accept the premise of it NOT being a direct prequel to Alien. I'm glad it wasn't. But if thats what you really wanted, all power to ya.
jjk2814 - 11/12/2012, 7:20 PM
I mean, I honestly, prefer more mystery surrounding the Xenomorph. Theyre one of those things that are best kept in the dark, figuratively and literally.
jjk2814 - 11/12/2012, 7:22 PM
Also, if THIS movie had come out. I would have enjoyed it. No doubt. But I wouldn't have felt compelled to buy it, watch it over and over again.
NoAssemblyReqd - 11/12/2012, 8:49 PM
I prefer the movie we got. I too felt that the traditional alien had been done to death, and I much prefer the idea that the xenomorph was just one of several monstrosities that resulted from the experiments of the Engineers. Could I have done without the stupid biologist? Sure. But all things considered, Lindelof's take is better because it expands the story rather than diminishes it.
DarthBob - 11/13/2012, 6:37 AM
Prometheus sucked royally! I could care less about a sequel for this POS. For a $1 trillion mission the financier assembled the most obtuse and incompetent crew ever to grace the silver screen. Dark Helmet's crew in Spaceballs looks like a bunch of geniuses compared to these morons. Scott took some great elements like the engineers, David, etc. and flushed them down the toilet for a hole filled plot, enormous chasms in logic (even for a science fiction movie) and the most ridiculous ending to a movie you will ever see. I've seen some really dumb stuff in science fiction movies over the years but I nearly walked out of the theater when David was controlling the ship with a flute; that was just plain stupid! And the list of stupidity in this movie goes on for pages. This script is 100 times better than the steaming pile we got.
GodzillaKart - 11/13/2012, 7:10 AM
WOW! Just finished reading and have to say it was incredibly good. Amazing that someone can be som incompetent as to take this script and turn it into that piece of garbage Prometheus. Every single change made was a mistake. Everything that made no sense in Prometheus made sense here.
GodzillaKart - 11/13/2012, 7:54 AM
Although I do have to add that one problem I have with this early script is that many scenes mirror what we have seen before too much.

That said, what was far more important is the fact that they gave me (in this early script) enough explanation to make the science plausible, where Prometheus was so non-sensical (really anti-science) as to be insulting.

Clearly, Lindelof comes from a school of thought where he considers making extraordinary things happen with no explanation intriguing, where I find it tiresome. Good science fiction presents a mystery, and then explains it in a plausible way. He just through in the black goo to play the "Hand of God", basically it did whatever he needed it to do at the time. Although there was quite a bit of overlap between events, this script explained enough to make it all make sense.

Short version, this original script is the thinking person's movie, where what we got was the special effects lovers, sophomorically "meaningful" film.
DeadpoolVSPunisher - 11/13/2012, 11:18 AM
And it's removed. Dammit, Fox!
preacher - 11/13/2012, 1:12 PM
Of course...it's removed. [frick]. Can someone please e-mail this to me???? I'm dying to read it!

millermagnet552@gmail.com

Thanks everyone!
GodzillaKart - 11/13/2012, 1:39 PM
@preacher: I think it's back up. Still need it?

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