Here's the part of the interview where Carlos and I talked about Covenant
Planet 4 was thought to be the habitat of a whole bestiary of hybrid creatures
I liked the museum / laboratory with everything and taxidermy, but what is the logic of not having both in the film?
HN: Moving on to Alien: Covenant, could talk about what the early discussions on that film were? I know there was artwork where there were other animals and another sort of hybrid experiments that David was doing.
HUANTE: “Yes, well there are two versions of Covenant..the first one had more creatures in it…
And in between all of that, David had been thought to be a fallen angel who would use humans to create his own Nephilim, like the science fiction version of Paradise Lost that we never had. Well, while the essence of that idea lives in Covenant, I would have liked to see that more literal sci-fi take of John Milton's poem.
Also, some interesting details about a greater presence of Shaw in the story:
HUANTE: “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.
HUANTE: “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.”