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Dante Harper Receives Writer Credit on Alien: Covenant

Dante Harper receives writer credit on Alien: Covenant. As most of you know by now, the upcoming green-band trailer for Alien: Covenant leaked earlier today. It’s being taken down now but it’ll be out officially tomorrow for your enjoyment (and it was a good one!)

Something of interest in this latest trailer was that both Jack Paglen and Michael Green no longer have writer credits but in their place are original Edge of Tomorrow scribe Dante Harper and John Logan.

Dante Harper is perhaps best known as the initial writer for the film that became Edge of Tomorrow. Since that original spec script, Harper has worked on numerous projects including The Forever War back when Ridley Scott was attached to it.

 Dante Harper Receives Writer Credit on Alien: Covenant

Dante Harper receives writer credit on Alien: Covenant

Jack Paglen and Michael Green both receive “Story By” credits though. Paglen wrote the initial script after Fox reportedly struggled to find a direction to take Prometheus 2. In March 2014 it was reported that Michael Green (who also wrote Blade Runner 2049) would be providing rewrites of Paglen’s script, taking it a more Alien direction.

In November 2015, when the film was known as Alien: Paradise Lost, it was reported that John Logan was revising the script, taking it in a direction inspired by John Milton’s poem of the same title.

Thanks to Anthony for the catch. Keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest on Alien: Covenant! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien fans on our forums!



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Comments: 18
  1. Protozoid
    ^ Yup.
    Same. There are benefits to having a wider pool of creativity that a film with one guy dominating the whole thing does not have.
    Hopefully, yeah. But how many people felt that having a second writer on Prometheus resulted in a messy script? A lot of fans were saying that, even if it wasn't necessarily true. If they believe that, though, they must be worried about Covenant undergoing a much more protracted development with some fairly substantial changes in direction occurring at some point. Based on test screening reports, it sounds like the movie's identity is pretty fluid right now, as if they filmed the movie different ways and are trying to find a combination that everyone likes. This sounds like the committee approach. I hope it works. Personally, I prefer when Scott sticks to his guns, but that's harder to do with expensive franchise movies. To me, Scott is better the kookier he's allowed to be.
  2. Whiskeybrewer
    Hmm intriguing, but its good to know they are still credited in some way.

    Its very similar to Alien 3 in that regard with the Story by Vincent Ward credit and Larry Ferguson getting a co-writer credit, because Giler and Hill used some of his stuff, when they did their many rewrites
  3. Protozoid
    Covenant will be Harper's first produced screenplay, unless he uses an pseudonym.

    Is it possible - and I know this is weird - that Harper wrote the prologue and they are only crediting him because they used the prologue in the trailer? Or is the prologue officially part of the movie, now?

    Hopefully four writers and a bunch of reshoots and recuts were good for the film...
  4. fiveways
    Nice catch. Not sure which Dante Harper though. There was one who was writing Venom, one who is writing the new Akira and apparently worked on Edge of Tomorrow but isn't credited on IMDB.

    God I hope Ghost in the Shell flops so any American attempt at AKIRA gets axed.

    Also it was the Venom one according to IMDB.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0363837/

    Its not a very encouraging sign when a movie has near 4 credited writers, there are a few exceptions.

    Well 2 of them only have a "Story By" credit, which implies not much of their material is in the final film.

    Or at least one of them turned in a complete script.  Hopefully like engineers it leaks to the internet (though engineers to me is an even bigger mess than prometheus).

    "Story by

    There is a common misconception that a "story by" credit may be given to a person who simply has the story idea for a film or television program. This is never the case, as all writing credits are for actual writing. A written story document or treatment, or in some cases, a complete script are required to receive "Story by" credit. A writer may be accorded a "Story by" credit, only, despite having written a complete script if, for example, a subsequent writer does a "page one rewrite" that entitles him/her to sole "Screenplay by" credit. For theatrical motion pictures, only, the first writer on an original screenplay is titled to no less than shared "Story by" credit. This is known as the Irreducible Story Minimum.[19]"

    Exactly. A recent example is Gary Whitta, who wrote the first script for Rogue One but only has a story credit in the final film.

    I still haven't seen Rogue One.  I'll watch it when it hits netflix (as star wars is on canadian netflix)
  5. Anthony
    Nice catch. Not sure which Dante Harper though. There was one who was writing Venom, one who is writing the new Akira and apparently worked on Edge of Tomorrow but isn't credited on IMDB.

    God I hope Ghost in the Shell flops so any American attempt at AKIRA gets axed.

    Also it was the Venom one according to IMDB.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0363837/

    Its not a very encouraging sign when a movie has near 4 credited writers, there are a few exceptions.

    Well 2 of them only have a "Story By" credit, which implies not much of their material is in the final film.

    Or at least one of them turned in a complete script.  Hopefully like engineers it leaks to the internet (though engineers to me is an even bigger mess than prometheus).

    "Story by

    There is a common misconception that a "story by" credit may be given to a person who simply has the story idea for a film or television program. This is never the case, as all writing credits are for actual writing. A written story document or treatment, or in some cases, a complete script are required to receive "Story by" credit. A writer may be accorded a "Story by" credit, only, despite having written a complete script if, for example, a subsequent writer does a "page one rewrite" that entitles him/her to sole "Screenplay by" credit. For theatrical motion pictures, only, the first writer on an original screenplay is titled to no less than shared "Story by" credit. This is known as the Irreducible Story Minimum.[19]"

    Exactly. A recent example is Gary Whitta, who wrote the first script for Rogue One but only has a story credit in the final film.
  6. fiveways
    Nice catch. Not sure which Dante Harper though. There was one who was writing Venom, one who is writing the new Akira and apparently worked on Edge of Tomorrow but isn't credited on IMDB.

    God I hope Ghost in the Shell flops so any American attempt at AKIRA gets axed.

    Also it was the Venom one according to IMDB.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0363837/

    Its not a very encouraging sign when a movie has near 4 credited writers, there are a few exceptions.

    Well 2 of them only have a "Story By" credit, which implies not much of their material is in the final film.

    Or at least one of them turned in a complete script.  Hopefully like engineers it leaks to the internet (though engineers to me is an even bigger mess than prometheus).

    "Story by

    There is a common misconception that a "story by" credit may be given to a person who simply has the story idea for a film or television program. This is never the case, as all writing credits are for actual writing. A written story document or treatment, or in some cases, a complete script are required to receive "Story by" credit. A writer may be accorded a "Story by" credit, only, despite having written a complete script if, for example, a subsequent writer does a "page one rewrite" that entitles him/her to sole "Screenplay by" credit. For theatrical motion pictures, only, the first writer on an original screenplay is titled to no less than shared "Story by" credit. This is known as the Irreducible Story Minimum.[19]"

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