A lot of people had a problem with Prometheus. I waited a while to see it, and thought it was okay – but definitely didn’t live up to the hype, and it was absolutely ridiculous in parts. The DVD/Blu-Ray was released this week with the tagline promise of ‘Questions Will Be Answered’, as there’s more than a half hour’s worth of deleted scenes including an alternate opening and ending. It was recently revealed that Fox asked Ridley Scott to release a Director’s Cut incorporating these scenes into the movie, but he refused, saying the theatrical cut was the movie he wanted to make.
Originally Fox hired a great writer called Jon Spaihts to pen the movie, but when Lost‘s Damon Lindelof was brought on board a lot of the stuff he wrote was modified, and both writers have said that for legal reasons (that are unknown currently) neither of their scripts will be appearing on the home media release. In an interview with Empire, Spaihts talked in detail about what his original take was like and it’s quite cool to read. Check it out below:
“One of the things I realised was that we hadn’t seen anyone survive a classic Alien chest bursting. And I was really intrigued by the notion that a character might be infected by the parasite and know that it was coming, know they had a timeframe of a few hours, and that we would have set up previously a nearly omnipotent medical device, designed to extend life for explorers in foreign places. Our heroine would have a short time to get to the machine and extract the thing inside her. It was a very gory sequence and it plays out very much like the sequence in the film. The main difference is in choreography. At the end of the sequence as I first conceived it, the heroine manages to get the creature extracted from her and it is expelled from the pod and she’s sealed inside, whereas in the final film it goes the other way [...] She sees the thing growing in the cabin outside and even killing people. So by the time she emerges from the pod eight hours later, the thing is abroad in the ship and big enough to be a huge danger.”
Are you happy with Scott’s decision about no Director’s Cut? What did you think of Prometheus? There’s more at the link, so share your thoughts below.