If nothing else, Prometheus was fantastically gory where it counted, featuring tentacled aliens that could snap human bones, not to mention the best scene where Noomi Rapace has to cut her own alien fetus out of her body using a laser. Yep, this movie had its badass moments—and now we’ve learned about another scene that could’ve upped the creepiness factor. And the bloodiness.
Jon Spaihts, who wrote the first draft of the screenplay, recently spoke to Empire about how he wanted to keep the connections to Alien, especially the famous “facehugger” aliens. (They’re pretty self-explanatory: They latch on to your face, drop an egg inside you, and then die. Once you think you’ve gotten away scot-free, you later discover that there’s a creature inside you, which bursts out of your flimsy human body.) Unfortunately, director Ridley Scott and Spaihts’ replacement Damon Lindelof ultimately changed the script to remove a lot of those obvious callbacks, but Spaihts revealed that the facehugger would’ve made for a much more graphic sex scene than what we saw in the final cut.
What he envisioned would’ve made for a much more interesting dynamic with insidious android David (Michael Fassbender) and poor doomed couple Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and Shaw (Noomi Rapace). Spaihts explains,
“David, as he began to get fascinated by the science of the Engineers, doesn’t deliberately contaminate Holloway with a drop of black liquid. Instead, Holloway hubristically removes his helmet in the chamber, is knocked unconscious, facehugged and wakes up not knowing what had been done to him, and stumbles back into the ship.”
“In my draft, he returns to his cabin, is embraced by Shaw, who is delighted to see him having feared that he had died, and the two of them make love. And it’s while they’re making love that he bursts and dies. So that lovemaking sequence echoed my original lovemaking sequence where he explodes! It was messy.”
Wow! Yeah, that would’ve been more memorable than the fairly boring sex we saw in the movie. That scene seemed so obviously put in a) to show that Shaw was unable to conceive, and b) to make Shaw pregnant with the fast-growing alien she has to cut out in the med pod. But if the facehugger version had happened, we may not have made the connection between that and the motivation for sex, making Holloway’s death all the more horrible.
The goriness of the med pod scene is what gave Prometheus its R rating and made it resemble Alien in terms of being a sci-fi horror film. It’s too bad we didn’t get to see more of it earlier on… although I wonder if that would’ve detracted from the later scene? Prometheus is out today, so give it a watch and see if you’re more let down now that you know this!