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Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
Writer Jon Spaihts on his early draft

08 October 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive

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In Empire's interview with the original screenwriter of Prometheus, Jon Spaihts - which you can check out in full here - there are a number of fascinating details about what might have been if director Ridley Scott and his replacement as screenwriter Damon Lindelof hadn't changed it further down the line.

One particularly eye-opening revelation was the possible appearance of facehuggers, a xenomorphic beastie now so beloved you can even buy plushie versions to sling at unsuspecting housemates/fellow bus passengers/strangers at Prometheus screenings.

"I did have facehuggers in my original draft," says Spaights. "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," he goes on to say. "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."

That said, David, as it turns out in Spaihts' vision, is much more malevolent than in the final cinematic cut - but in a very precise, scientific way.

"David, fascinated by these creatures, begins delaying the mission and going off the reservation on his own, essentially because he thinks he really belongs with the Engineers," Spaihts explains.

"They're smart enough and sophisticated enough, great enough, to be his peers. He's harboring a deep-seated contempt for his human makers. So at one point Shaw goes to stop him and David ties her up and deliberately exposes her to a facehugger. He caresses an egg open and out comes a facehugger."

"David doesn't smell like a person - his breath isn't moist - so he can handle the thing like a kitten. It doesn't want him; it's not interested. But then he exposes it to her and it goes for her like a shot. 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."

That's right, David would ostensibly be playing with a facehugger like a little kitten, toying with Shaw as he lets it clamp around her mouth. Elsewhere in the interview, Spaihts goes on to describe the different incarnations of xenomorph badness that were considered during the film's production, including one alien with a crab-like shell. 

Intrigued? Check out the interview in full over here, and if this has piqued your interest in the film, Prometheus is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

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RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
L: Retrorube L: AxlReznor My wife's a biologist. But she specialises in mammals and birds so takes more of an interest in those than she would in invertebrates, etc. and actually jumps out of her skin every time she sees a spider. She'd probably be scared shitless of what looks like a giant monster, too. The moral? Not all biologists are into the same things... and I'm pretty sure ] of them are into ing.Also, as I've said in another thread, people's demand for immediate answer More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:55 on 16 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
L: AxlReznor My wife's a biologist. But she specialises in mammals and birds so takes more of an interest in those than she would in invertebrates, etc. and actually jumps out of her skin every time she sees a spider. She'd probably be scared shitless of what looks like a giant monster, too. The moral? Not all biologists are into the same things... and I'm pretty sure ] of them are into ing.Also, as I've said in another thread, people's demand for immediate answers to everything just s More

Posted by Retrorube at 18:21 on 14 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
L: AxlReznor My wife's a biologist. But she specialises in mammals and birds so takes more of an interest in those than she would in invertebrates, etc. and actually jumps out of her skin every time she sees a spider. She'd probably be scared shitless of what looks like a giant monster, too. The moral? Not all biologists are into the same things... and I'm pretty sure ] of them are into ing.Also, as I've said in another thread, people's demand for immediate answers to everything just s More

Posted by gunstar at 23:29 on 13 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
My wife's a biologist. But she specialises in mammals and birds so takes more of an interest in those than she would in invertebrates, etc. and actually jumps out of her skin every time she sees a spider. She'd probably be scared shitless of what looks like a giant monster, too. The moral? Not all biologists are into the same things... and I'm pretty sure ] of them are into ing.sp; Also, as I've said in another thread, people's demand for immediate answers to everything just stifles creativit More

Posted by AxlReznor at 15:59 on 13 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
L: porntrooper L: jobloffski L: My name is Legion ! Has anyone here actually watched the film? There was a "Facehugger", it just happened to be much bigger than we've seen before. Which was appropriate given the context. otally (SPOILER TEXT HIGHLIGHT BELOW TO READ) ng that wrapped itself around the Engineer was a giant face hugger and because of the size of it, the (en route to being the familiar) xenomorph creature that burst out of him was proportionally More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:14 on 13 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus was average at best!
L: Retrorube L: AxlReznor L: Retrorube Wait i just figured it out. It was created by the writer of LOST, Six - seven seasons, I don't know, of pure cock tease... he should never be allowed near a script again in his life I hate the man! Ridley it's over retire! ctually, that view of Lost is one of the biggest bullshit misconceptions I've come across in recent years. By the end of Season Six, of the mysteries had been cleared up... sometimes years before. It's not More

Posted by Retrorube at 20:07 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus was average at best!
L: AxlReznor L: Retrorube Wait i just figured it out. It was created by the writer of LOST, Six - seven seasons, I don't know, of pure cock tease... he should never be allowed near a script again in his life I hate the man! Ridley it's over retire! ctually, that view of Lost is one of the biggest bullshit misconceptions I've come across in recent years. By the end of Season Six, of the mysteries had been cleared up... sometimes years before. It's not their problem if most More

Posted by Retrorube at 18:30 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus was average at best!
I agree with some things you say Waltham! And I too hate Michael Bay hahahaha I was just so disappointed with all the characters in their. I agree and thought the film had some interesting ideas but the problem was they never new when to quit and just created a whole lot of confusion. I can obviously see this was meant to have a sequel but in no way means that this film shouldn't stand on it's own to feet. <p> The Characters were all stupid and did things that made no sense to any log More

Posted by Retrorube at 18:21 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
L: jobloffski L: My name is Legion ! Has anyone here actually watched the film? There was a "Facehugger", it just happened to be much bigger than we've seen before. Which was appropriate given the context. otally (SPOILER TEXT HIGHLIGHT BELOW TO READ) ng that wrapped itself around the Engineer was a giant face hugger and because of the size of it, the (en route to being the familiar) xenomorph creature that burst out of him was proportionally bigger than the one that More

Posted by porntrooper at 17:50 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus was average at best!
L: Retrorube Wait i just figured it out. It was created by the writer of LOST, Six - seven seasons, I don't know, of pure cock tease... he should never be allowed near a script again in his life I hate the man! Ridley it's over retire! ctually, that view of Lost is one of the biggest bullshit misconceptions I've come across in recent years. By the end of Season Six, of the mysteries had been cleared up... sometimes years before. It's not their problem if most of the viewing public More

Posted by AxlReznor at 17:01 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus was average at best!
L: Retrorube I'm a huge fan of the original 2 films possibly the 3rd but Prometheus was meant to answer questions and most importantly be a great Sci-Fi! That is exactly what it wasn't. All it did was create confusion with it's absurd ideas and plot holes. The characters where only there to be killed and the way at the end they just fly into the ship and kill themselves without a second though is hilarious, that and the fact that Shaw can roll out of the way of a huge ship coming More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:02 on 12 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus was average at best!
Wait i just figured it out. It was created by the writer of LOST, Six - seven seasons, I don't know, of pure cock tease... he should never be allowed near a script again in his life I hate the man! Ridley it's over retire! More

Posted by Retrorube at 18:59 on 11 October 2012 | Report This Post

Prometheus was average at best!
I'm a huge fan of the original 2 films possibly the 3rd but Prometheus was meant to answer questions and most importantly be a great Sci-Fi! That is exactly what it wasn't. All it did was create confusion with it's absurd ideas and plot holes. The characters where only there to be killed and the way at the end they just fly into the ship and kill themselves without a second though is hilarious, that and the fact that Shaw can roll out of the way of a huge ship coming down while Theron just ru More

Posted by Retrorube at 18:50 on 11 October 2012 | Report This Post

Thank Goodness
No disrepsect to Jon Spaights, but I am also glad they didn't do this. The Egg, facehugger, finding a skin shed, stepping in slime and chestburst has been done now in six previous films. This would have been another varioation of the same theme where yet again someone is intentionally exposing another character to a facehugger. I just purchased and watch Prometheus on Bluray and I have to say (especially with viewing the deleted scenes) I think this film has come up trumps. It completely opens More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 15:35 on 11 October 2012 | Report This Post

was anyone thinking the same when they saw this?
How long is it before a movie spoofs the scene where she operates the claw to pull the creature from her womb only to pull out a cuddly toy and for it to slip free of the claw just before it's completely removed? More

Posted by circuit at 19:10 on 10 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
Am I in the minority that thought the film was frickin' awesome?! So glad that scene didn't appear - it sounds like gore for the sake of gore for me... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 16:00 on 10 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
L: My name is Legion ! Has anyone here actually watched the film? There was a "Facehugger", it just happened to be much bigger than we've seen before. Which was appropriate given the context. otally (SPOILER TEXT HIGHLIGHT BELOW TO READ) ng that wrapped itself around the Engineer was a giant face hugger and because of the size of it, the (en route to being the familiar) xenomorph creature that burst out of him was proportionally bigger than the one that burst out of John Hurt More

Posted by jobloffski at 13:45 on 10 October 2012 | Report This Post

What I get from all this ...
... is that the reason why it feels disjointed is because they (Spaihts and Scott) had a great thing going (the first scarey Alien film for 26 years!) and then the studio blundered in and told them to change it. Then Lindelof gets brought in and (acting solely on orders) starts changing things to stop it feeling like Alien. It's quite sad, because the kitten/facehugger moment that would have lead into the medipod scene sounds like a terrifying sequence as well as a logical-yet-surprising progres More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:49 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

Can we get an empire verdict on all the blu ray extras now? Is there a directors cut? More

Posted by jamesjewell1983 at 08:50 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

Can we get an empire verdict on all the blu ray extras now? Is there a directors cut? More

Posted by jamesjewell1983 at 08:32 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

Can we get an empire verdict on all the blu ray extras now? Is there a directors cut? More

Posted by jamesjewell1983 at 08:27 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Prometheus Could Have Had Facehuggers
! Has anyone here actually watched the film? There was a "Facehugger", it just happened to be much bigger than we've seen before. Which was appropriate given the context. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 03:17 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Wish there had have been a facehugger...
L: NeoBrowser Sounds too fanfictiony for my taste. If it had gone that way, it wouldn't have been a prequel. And other than the final scene where the Xenomorph comes at the wrong place, I really liked Prometheus te]Sounds too fanfictiony for my taste. If it had gone that way, it wouldn't have been a prequel. And other than the final scene where the Xenomorph comes at the wrong place, I really liked Prometheus udey, I think he meant he'd prefer a facehugger actually attached to his fa More

Posted by BatSpider at 03:16 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Wish there had have been a facehugger...
Sounds too fanfictiony for my taste. If it had gone that way, it wouldn't have been a prequel. And other than the final scene where the Xenomorph comes at the wrong place, I really liked Prometheus More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 02:51 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Wish there had have been a facehugger...
L: mjscarface for me, so I wouldn't have to watch it. aha! yeah, me too. Two hours of facehugger would have been better than watching Prometheus. More

Posted by BatSpider at 01:06 on 09 October 2012 | Report This Post

Wish there had have been a facehugger...
for me, so I wouldn't have to watch it. More

Posted by mjscarface at 21:11 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

Coulda, woulda, shoulda...
... All utterly irrelevant. You didn't do it, and even if you did, what about the rest of it? More

Posted by andyswright at 19:38 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
It's hard to discuss without having the script but Spaiht's draft sounds too fan-fic cute and appears to travel a path we've been down many times before in the series. It reads like a mix of established franchise tropes with a few aesthetic but otherwise minor twists and moments of ridiculousness (the scene in which David toys with Shaw whilst cradling a face hugger sounds like something out of an early Bond film). Maybe the actual draft will read completely differently but there's little that More

Posted by Gazz at 18:36 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Thank god they didn't choose it. There's only one facehugger scene I want to see in this 'new' franchise and that will be the one in the (speculative) third installment. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 18:30 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

It would've been great to see this version alright. I do however find myself warming to the film a bit more on repeated viewings, there's enough there for a sprequel! More

Posted by amcdev at 17:48 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

Why oh why oh why...
i suppose that all scripts get changed throughout the course of their evolvement but this is the version of Prometheus that should have been made all the evidence of the above article fits perfectly into what all fans of the original thought the movie was going to be right down to David being the perfect embryonic version of Bishop and the juxtaposition of humans v engineers and David v humans and face huggers well that's a no brainer - lets hope that the above article does'nt turn out to be a s More

Posted by logan 5 at 17:14 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
I have to agree. If only they had stuck with that script; it would have made much more sense. More

Posted by mytvisevil at 16:15 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

Maybe it would have been better than the boring piece of crap Prometheus was... More

Posted by Madhava at 15:48 on 08 October 2012 | Report This Post

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