Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Consider yourself warned. An Australian outlet evidently got a copy of the latest script for the Alien prequel due to be directed by Ridley Scott, and subsequently put together quite the rundown of what goes on after the title page. We’ve got quite a few of the details to relay to you, but it’s all spoilerish as hell, so if you don’t want to know too much, this is your cue to stop reading.
Let’s disregard the source’s supposition that the film may be an Oscar contender (uh, WAY too early to call that) and focus instead on the details provided by What’sPlaying.au.
We’re also proceeding for now with the attitude that this is legit info, but feel free to remain skeptical if you’d like.
The site says the draft that Damon Lindelof revised from earlier work by Jon Spaihts “bares little to no similarity to the previous [Alien] chapters.” What does that mean? Through some of the following details you might get an idea.
The story follows a group of terraforming aliens the script calls ‘Growers’ — these are seemingly of the race from which comes the original film’s ‘space jockey.’ There’s a strange sequence in which the Growers use a bit of mind control to instigate a homosexual encounter between Fin and Karik, two male human slave farmers. The aliens, you see, are a single-sex species and don’t understand the male-female breeding requirements of humans.
The title alien — the xenomorph — is a creature used by Growers as part of the terraforming process, and at a point in the script it develops into the creature we know and love. So we won’t see it in the form we know right off; this will be a payoff later in the script.
Into the group of Growers and human slaves comes a ship crewed by “the usual Alien misfits” complete with a female character that sounds like Vasquez from Aliens, and another woman named Truks that is reportedly the role for which Gemma Arterton was considered. Ridley Scott has also reportedly met with Lance Henricksen, though how the guy who fit into the established Alien storyline might work in this film, I can only conjecture. (I’d guess he’d appear only towards the end, as the xenomorphs are out of control, in a story thread that would point right towards the original Alien.)
The summation is that this script is “a deep movie — part science-fiction, part psychological drama, part, dare I say, romance.”