Latest News

Carlos Huante Talks Early Prometheus & Alien: Covenant Scripts

Following on from their interview with the legendary Alec Gillis from Amalgamated Dynamics Inc, the good folk over at HN Entertainment have turned their sights on Prometheus and Alien: Covenant creature designer Carlos Huante.

In additional to talking about other aspects of Prometheus’ design process, Carlos revealed some details about an earlier Prometheus script that seems to pre-date the Alien: Engineers and Alien 01: Genesis scripts that we have available in our downloads section.

“When we met, I had a script in my hand and it was not good. It would have been like Aliens, like an Aliens movie it wasn’t Alien it would have been an Aliens film. There was an army group there fighting aliens with all of them getting killed. It was a shoot ’em up bang-bang film with aliens in it. It was really bad but I knew that wasn’t going to be the script and Ridley had just gotten hired, the art department got hired on. I was living up in Northern California at the time. So they flew me down to meet with Ridley for a couple of days. And so I’m in the room with Ridley, I sit down and he starts telling me the story, the new script, and it’s way better. I mean that [previous] script I had read had nothing to do with what he was telling me.”

We know that Jon Spaihts completed at least 5 major drafts of Prometheus with Engineers and 01: Genesis being revisions of the last 2 major drafts but details of the earlier 3 are very scarce. Spaihts has previously mentioned that the Derelict craft played a much larger role earlier on and was eventually replaced with the Pyramid/Temple.

 Carlos Huante Talks Early Prometheus & Alien: Covenant Scripts

HN Entertainment also asked Carlos about his time working on Alien: Covenant where the artist revealed some details about earlier incarnations of the script in which Elizabeth Shaw was still apart of the story.

“In the first version of what was called Paradise/Prometheus 2, Shaw was alive. They find her and she’s been hiding from David the whole time and she helps them escape. I told Ridley my wife and mother-in-law, who are strong characters themselves, they loved the Shaw character and the actress (Noomi Rapace) more than any other characters in the film and they’re not science fiction people, but they liked the film because of Noomi. I think it was a studio call as to why she didn’t return. What a shame”

“So in the first version of Covenant called Paradise, she was hiding in the catacombs from David under the city and the story was that on her trip to the homeworld she got lonely and she had David hanging outside the ship, she didn’t want anything to do with him. But she still had to talk to him. Eventually, she ends up bringing his body in and reattaching him as they become friends during this trip. He ends up having affection for her in a friendship way.”

“So they end up going to the city and that’s when David looks at her and tells that story ‘Do you trust me, do you trust that I love you and everything I’m going to do from this point on is because of you and that’s all to protect you’…she looks at him and says ‘Okay, yes I do’ so then he turns around and kills all the Engineers on the planet. It’s his own twisted way of vengeance for her, he kills the planet. She is like ‘Hey, I wanted to talk to these people’ but too late the whole planet is polluted now and everyone on the planet dies.”

 Carlos Huante Talks Early Prometheus & Alien: Covenant Scripts

The sequence Carlos describes with Shaw re-assembling David sounds similar to the prologue script we previously released, however rather than David killing Shaw, she is forced to watch on as he kills everything she came on the journey for. You can read the other Alien: Covenant scripts in our downloads section.

Back in 2017 Carlos shared a lot of the concept work he had completed while he was working on Alien: Covenant, including some artwork of strange meerkat and dog-like creatures. He elaborated to HN Entertainment about those creatures:

“But in that version we had this pitbull kind of alien dog named ‘Bug’ that David had running around loose on the Engineer planet and then he had created these Meerkats and that’s why I called the little white things [Covenant’s version of the Neomorphs] Meerkats because that’s what they reminded me of from the old story.. David, in the old script, had an army of Meerkats that were super violent. They were not normal. They would open their mouths to reveal that all their teeth were individually attached to a finger so they had this sort of hand of teeth inside of their mouth. A precursor of things to come. showing the projecting mouth thing already starting to happen in David’s creation there.”

 Carlos Huante Talks Early Prometheus & Alien: Covenant Scripts

Make sure you head on over to HN Entertainment to read more about what Carlos had to say about his work on Prometheus and Alien: Covenant!

Keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest Alien news! 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!



Post Comment
Comments: 79
« Newer Comments 12 Older Comments »
  1. Huggs
    I could see him killing her there though. Her staring out at "his works", and freaking out, and he just does it. Or her refusal of his gift, his eden, and it gets messy. He seemed highly upset standing there and being near the marker. He did say he thought it was a good place for her, so likely that would be the nicest spot he could think of to do it.

    I think that's the exact spot where she died.
  2. Huggs
    The fact that the alleged Shaw's body was on the table and a tomb outside the temple means that there were multiple bodies. Which, indicates that the real Shaw did escape or she is still in one of the engineers' cryopods awaiting to be awakened.

    I see only 4 possibilities.


    1. That's where he buried her heart or her cross (though the cross was probably in the movie and I missed it).

    2. It was merely a symbolic gesture.

    3. That's where he killed her (I could see this for several reasons).

    4. He set it up to cover his own @$$ (Which I believe is the most likely).

  3. SiL
    Yeah, a symbolic grave.

    To you maybe.

    The fact that the alleged Shaw's body was on the table and a tomb outside the temple means that there were multiple bodies
    Hardly. The grave is likely empty.

    Nobody knows.
    Film's pretty clear her body was actually on an operating table, not in the ground.
  4. David_4004
    The fact that the alleged Shaw's body was on the table and a tomb outside the temple means that there were multiple bodies. Which, indicates that the real Shaw did escape or she is still in one of the engineers' cryopods awaiting to be awakened.
  5. Highland
    I don't think the movie would have been any worse for having Shaw instead of Daniels. Probably could have even cut the dumbo Captain out completely and had the two women team up. Daniels being the Captain and Shaw being the cloaked hero ( instead of David).

    David is obviously still the baddie.
  6. SuperiorIronman
    Part of the problem with the Alien in Covenant was that it's pretty much here. Yeah it isn't exactly a Xenomorph as we know it but it's for the most part there. Like a B+ in the attempt by David.

    Prometheus for all its faults at least had a strength in the Deacon. Building on the concept of the Alien and making something new. We'd never seen an Engineer get facehugged on screen, and post-Alien 3 just about anything could hop out of that chest. It's a new breed of Xeno that's also made of the base elements of a Xenomorph so who knows what it can do.

    But Covenant just makes a Xenomorph and tries its hardest at justifying itself with religious symbolism, and what it had is also woefully incomplete.
    What would've worked better is David's corruption of Shaw and the Engineers on Paradise. If David denies God (Weyland) then David will rule in Hell and if he cannot make life he will twist it to suit him. I'm in agreement that the Alien of this film should've been a mutated Shaw if she had to be here at all. David's influence and work ultimately turning Shaw from God (Engineers, her faith) and to David who'd be this film's Devil analogue. And you could've gotten creative with that in regards to creature FX.
  7. dreamwarrior82
    I truly expected while watching A:C that we'd get a Xeno that was in fact Shaw herself, having been exposed to David's experimentation. And then when we found Shaw's body and saw the eggs, I thought we'd get a more direct explanation that David had used the accelerant to revitalize her reproductive system that created the eggs and thus, in a sense, Shaw became the mother to the Xeno but...alas...
  8. Baron Von Marlon
    Don't think he mentioned anything about her being in the cryopod at the end, although I suppose it's possible.

    I mentioned something similar a while ago.

    "Shaw should've survived but as a prisoner of David. Towards the end Daniels sacrifice herself in order to help Shaw escape. Shaw thinks she's finally free after all these years, only to be imprisoned again."

    Shaws death shouldve been accidental, and the final straw that sent David on the path to madness. His quest of creating life possibly being a way to resurrect her in gigerian fashion. Or she's mortally wounded and being kept alive as some horrific mutating thing stuck to the wall. Unable to die. An endless suffering as she is torn apart and mutates into God knows what. A whimpering thing kept in a dark and wet place. Would've been a good throw back to the egg morphing concept.

    Maybe Daniels finds her and has to kill her.

    As usual I prefer my version. Or the one from the script. Then the captured-in-crypod ending would've been an extra gut punch.
    In part 3 he'll finally use her for experiments while she's still alive. Maybe she awakens in some contraption. They talk, it ends with Shaw screaming.
    Her scream fades as the screen goes black. Title appears. Cut to the new crew on the new ship a decade later approaching Planet David.
  9. Huggs
    Don't think he mentioned anything about her being in the cryopod at the end, although I suppose it's possible.

    I mentioned something similar a while ago.

    "Shaw should've survived but as a prisoner of David. Towards the end Daniels sacrifice herself in order to help Shaw escape. Shaw thinks she's finally free after all these years, only to be imprisoned again."

    Shaws death shouldve been accidental, and the final straw that sent David on the path to madness. His quest of creating life possibly being a way to resurrect her in gigerian fashion. Or she's mortally wounded and being kept alive as some horrific mutating thing stuck to the wall. Unable to die. An endless suffering as she is torn apart and mutates into God knows what. A whimpering thing kept in a dark and wet place. Would've been a good throw back to the egg morphing concept.

    Maybe Daniels finds her and has to kill her.
  10. The Eighth Passenger
    From Comingsoon's visit to the set:

    Quote
    To see the full-scale Space Jockey set is awe-inspiring. The end of it was lit up, and there were also those signature Giger bio-organic tunnels all around the set. Entering these tunnels we are struck by how ridged, bony and dark they are. A woman is adding paint to texture it, very detailed. A little nook where Shaw is hiding out in makeshift quarters holds a bed and a rack of human space suits behind a plastic curtain.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/features/820159-our-visit-to-the-alien-covenant-set#/slide/1
  11. Evanus
    Hmm. I think some time ago Hicks said there were indeed old scripts where she is alive & meets the crew. Don't think he mentioned anything about her being in the cryopod at the end, although I suppose it's possible.
  12. 0321recon
    What a shame. Ten minutes of Noomi Rapace has more onscreen gravitas than 2 hours of Katherine Waterston in my opinion. I thought Shaw was terrific in Prometheus, could have been the next Ripley, and I'm still bummed she didn't continue on.

    Instead Shaw got punked like Hicks and Newt.

    I agree. I think she would had become the Prequels version of Ripley if its true that at the end she helps the crew get out of Paradise. I could well imagine Noomi being the one battling the Xeno on the lander in Paradise, and it would had been great to see.

    Did you watch What Happened to Monday? That was tour de force performance with her.

     I suspect after they got rid of Noomi, the writers never recovered on how to properly patch her absence, and hiring Waterson was the wrong choice for lead. Its noticeable on screen since she's bland as f#$%, and in the end, didn't feel the danger she was in when David reveal himself to her. Though, if it was Noomi instead in that cryopod, she would had acted the hell out of that scene, and us as audience members would had felt the horror of the hell she is about to go through. Well Fox screwed the pooch. I hope at least that script is released, and we have some closure. 
  13. Voodoo Magic
    God, Noomi Rapace's so hot.

    The film's authors failed Prometheus' narrative and Noomi Rapace's stardom though. :(
     
    A great concept and cast wasted.

    You really think Prometheus failed Noomi's stardom? It's not like it was critically panned, and it faired better with audiences and critics than Alien Covenant. Plus it was financially successful.

    I guess what I'm saying here is it's no Mortal Engines. 
  14. Voodoo Magic
    What a shame. Ten minutes of Noomi Rapace has more onscreen gravitas than 2 hours of Katherine Waterston in my opinion. I thought Shaw was terrific in Prometheus, could have been the next Ripley, and I'm still bummed she didn't continue on.

    Instead Shaw got punked like Hicks and Newt.
« Newer Comments 12 Older Comments »
Facebook Twitter Instagram Steam RSS Feed