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Jon Spaihts Talks Prometheus

There’s a really interesting interview with the original Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts over on Collider. While there isn’t any spoilers about the movie, this is the first time I believe Jon Spaihts has spoken out about his Prometheus script in any great detail. As we already know, Damon Lindelof did rewrites to his script. Exactly what was changed remains a mystery. It was originally rumoured that Lindelof was brought aboard to make the script PG13 friendly and trim several scenes down. Spaihts is still vague about the changes but he mentions that Lindelof’s script contains the same plot, characters and mythology as his drafts.

Do you know how much your first draft changed by the time that it started filming?

SPAIHTS:  Certainly, it evolved a lot, while I was on it.  I wrote five rapidly evolving drafts that changed a lot, even on my watch.  And, I’ve read Damon’s draft as well.  I would say that what Damon did was more of a rebalancing of the story than a reinvention.  My plot, my characters, and my mythology are all still firmly in place, but he found a way to complicate it and elaborate on some character relationships and mythology, and he wrote some great new scenes and a lot of new ideas.  It’s impossible to be very specific without getting into spoilers, and I want to preserve the secrecy of the story, as much as I can.  So, there is definitely a lot of new energy and some new ideas, but when I read the script or watch the movie, I see a story that I feel a lot of ownership of.

Check out the full interview. He goes into quite a lot of detail about the scriptwriting process on Prometheus. Thanks to Cvalda for the news.



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Comments: 6
  1. sedna
    Spaihts has always been the original creator of Prometheus, he's been overshadowed by Lindelof for the past year, and he himself wasn't too happy with it. He really deserves all the promotion and the correct credit. I read his scripts, Passengers, Shadow 19, and his draft for The Darkest Hour (which the film mangled)

    He's a smart man, he has a degree from Princeton and has written a few textbooks on Biology. You can tell his experience and passion lies in sci-fi, biology, engineering and Lindelof got all the credit but it was obvious he wasnt the dude that came up with most of the ideas.

    yeah, the reason probably is coz lindelof has got "the name".

    Well that goes without saying.
  2. Kol
    Spaihts has always been the original creator of Prometheus, he's been overshadowed by Lindelof for the past year, and he himself wasn't too happy with it. He really deserves all the promotion and the correct credit. I read his scripts, Passengers, Shadow 19, and his draft for The Darkest Hour (which the film mangled)

    He's a smart man, he has a degree from Princeton and has written a few textbooks on Biology. You can tell his experience and passion lies in sci-fi, biology, engineering and Lindelof got all the credit but it was obvious he wasnt the dude that came up with most of the ideas.

    yeah, the reason probably is coz lindelof has got "the name".
    but i hope we will see more of spaihts on the blu-ray extras instead of lindelof.  ::)

    i wouldn't mind a Q & A with spaihts, too.
    he said that after the movie he will be more "available" for intervews & stuff.
  3. Deuterium
    Yes, thanks Cvalda.  I agree with ChrisP, Spaihts seems like a very down to earth guy...which is refreshing in an industry rife with over-inflated egos.  I wish I could say I enjoyed his "Passengers" script.  "Shadow 19" is pretty good, but (as I have mentioned previously), it's story is very similar to Algis Budry's "Rogue Moon".  Maybe it is just coincidence...I mean, it happens.  In any event, "Shadow 19" is the better of the two scripts.  I look forward to his future efforts.
  4. sedna
    Spaihts has always been the original creator of Prometheus, he's been overshadowed by Lindelof for the past year, and he himself wasn't too happy with it. He really deserves all the promotion and the correct credit. I read his scripts, Passengers, Shadow 19, and his draft for The Darkest Hour (which the film mangled)

    He's a smart man, he has a degree from Princeton and has written a few textbooks on Biology. You can tell his experience and passion lies in sci-fi, biology, engineering and Lindelof got all the credit but it was obvious he wasnt the dude that came up with most of the ideas.
  5. ChrisPachi
    Thanks Cvalda, that was a really interesting read. Spaihts comes across as very measured, intelligent and well read in science fiction (at least according to his good self). He also portrays a good understanding of the fans, the established canon and how important it is to them, which is nice. A good head on his shoulders, which makes me a bit less worried that this film will go the way of the woo hoo.
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