Jon Spaihts joined the ScriptApart podcast to talk about Alien Engineers, his first draft for Prometheus.
He talks about
- working with Ridley,
- the original plans for the Prequel Trilogy. (2nd film would feature the Yutani corporation)
- How Fox brass watched Inception and pushed the alien prequel to turn into "an original scifi" movie.
- How Ridley came up with the idea for Jesus being an Engineer.
- The backstory Spaihts and Ridley created for LV426 and the Engineers.
- Creating David.. etc..
Ahhh. Bugger. Was hoping to get him on the show for the anniversary but doesn't sound like I could top this. :(
Thanks for sharing skhellter! Looking forward to listening to this one.
So it's all Christopher Nolan's fault
Great podcast. Really really really great. I love the left turns in this franchise.
i do prefer this script to the finished film.
David is closer in demeanor to how he is in Covenant
All the alien setpieces are good and the gore is more creative than it was in both prequels
dialogue is tighter than Lindelof's too.
Felt like a Nigel Kneale adventure with the "older archeologist" type lead in Holloway.
They should've stayed on course.
He basically did the good version and lindeloff does what he does and makes it worse.
Pretty much wished lindeoff dindt got unvole with the project at all
This and the movie we actually got are both bad. Alien should never have a "prequel". Ruins the mystery/lore. Any "prequel" that takes place before the 1st Alien film is ill-conceived from the start.
I've got about 20 minutes left but I've been really enjoying it. The host has been asking some very interesting questions. I especially liked hearing Spaihts talk about the background world details as a matte painting.
But I do actually think there's a lot of details left unasked at this point. He seems to be focusing more on the Engineers draft, rather than those earlier ones so I might still try and approach Mr Spaihts. Looking forward to finishing this off on the way home.
I wish he would/could just upload his actual final draft for the film.
Surely it's been long enough...
I'd really like that also myself.
Quote from: skhellter on May 12, 2022, 01:18:23 PMI wish he would/could just upload his actual final draft for the film.
Surely it's been long enough...
01: Genesis was towards the last of what he did.
Honestly, I'm more interested in those first ones.
Why not both? lol
I would've liked to see where this "trilogy" would've went with the continuing stories he talked about. I don't know if they would've worked but the "mythology" he talked about introducing was intriguing.
I would love to see his full writeup of his Alien Master Narritive
Still waiting for those sequels :(
OK, so Spaihts went to a general meeting at Scott Free, was put on the spot to come up with a prequel idea, and made up an off-the-cuff Von Daniken-Chariots of the Gods story.
This is why you don't commit yourself to an off-the-top-off-your-head movie pitch and paint yourself into the stupid corner. You make your excuses, you tell them you have an idea but it needs refinement and that you'll get back to them by the end of the week.
Quote from: TC on Jun 11, 2022, 10:54:48 AMThis is why you don't commit yourself to an off-the-top-off-your-head movie pitch and paint yourself into the stupid corner. You make your excuses, you tell them you have an idea but it needs refinement and that you'll get back to them by the end of the week.
Thanks for the free life advice ! ;)
I did try reaching out to Jon and his managers but alas no response (which is unfortunately the way most of these things go) so I'm afraid no in-depth interview from us.