How can there be a hive in this if there are no eggs?
Eggs aren't a prerequisite. It's just the sort of environment they like.
Or, if we take the 'red weed' analogy, the environment they somehow spawn which grows around them.
My take on it is that, because of the obvious whalebone look, it reminds them of their time in the proverbial womb of their host bodies. The chest cavity.
As discussed to death in another thread, there is a complexity to Alien reproduction that isn't limited to such a simple and rigid structure. Nature finds a way, and we've never seen the phase of an Alien pre-queen before. We've seen what born queens do in A:R, but what does a lone alpha Alien do to reproduce? What's that next phase look like? Etc, etc. These were the questions that got us excited when we did our pitch.
Is this confirmation the Predalien reproduction method was your idea, as opposed to what was in the script before you got there?
Just interested to know what was added to the draft you saw and what was taken away.
No, she isn't. The movie takes place over 2 days, so there isn't any time for that change to happen.
Ah-ha... More than one day.
By the way, Colin, although I make a light-hearted parody of it in my signature, I'm genuinely intrigued to know: Why did you choose moulting, instead of what is regarded as the much more horrific egg transformation method? What was wrong with showing that's how they got Queen facehuggers? Was it a budget issue or was there something you and Greg just personally did not like about it?