Armed with a pulse rifle and the trailer for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant — we're revisiting the first Prometheus film in spine-tingling anticipation of what we can expect from the sequel to Scott's 2012 sci-fi revival of the Alien franchise.
While fans were visually rewarded with eerie, otherworldly landscapes and detailed alien spacecraft interiors, it appears that we were cheated out of another visual treat — a deleted scene that saw Prometheus crew member Fifield mutating into something that looks more reminiscent of something from Scott's original #Alien franchise.
In the scene (originally written by Jon Spaihts), Fifield's transformation would have more closely linked Prometheus with the visual cues of Alien. The oblong-shaped head and the extended limbs of the mutated Fifield instantly call to mind the Alien Xenomorphs that dominated the original franchise.
Furthermore, Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof also felt that the scene would have given the film a more potent message:
"I felt that the punchline of 'Prometheus' was going to be that there is human DNA in what we have come to know as the human Xenomorph."
While the scene would have provided quite a bit of fan service, director Scott had a different approach in mind when crafting the world of #Prometheus.
Ridley Scott Insisted That 'Prometheus' Was NOT 'Alien'
#RidleyScott remained adamant during the production of Prometheus that though the film precedes the events of Alien, is set in the same universe, and boasts a familiar-looking Deacon/Proto-Xenomorph (though not actually the same species as the more iconic Xenomorph race) in the final scenes, the film is merely a "loose" prequel to Scott's previous franchise. According to Scott:
"The keen fan will recognize strands of 'Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, far-reaching and provocative.”
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So Why Change The Fifield Scene?
Due to Scott's inability to reconcile his desire to move Prometheus's visual cues away from the look of the H.R. Giger-inspired Alien with the various creature designs offered by concept artists Carlos Huante, Ivan Manzella and Neville Page, Scott elected for a more humanoid-looking Fifield:
Credit is also due on behalf of actor Sean Harris, who nailed the scene with nothing more than prosthetic makeup, convincing director Scott to keep Fifield's mutation more human in appearance. In doing so, Scott illustrates that we're looking at a Fifield battling the creature within, still clinging to the remnants of his humanity in spite of his monstrous transformation.
If Scott was so adamant about pulling Prometheus away from Alien, then we have to wonder how he plans on tackling the upcoming Alien: Covenant, knowing full well that fans want more face-hugging, chest-bursting, Xenomorph action.
Expectations For 'Alien: Covenant'
The newest trailer and accompanying poster for Alien: Covenant teased us with images of the Xenomorphs that we are all-too familiar with:
As well as a new species of aliens aptly named "backbursters":
With recent news that Neill Blomkamp appears to have lost momentum on his anticipated Alien 5 film, at least we can look forward to some visually impressive creature and world designs in Scott's Alien: Covenant. So, without more to whet our salivating appetites, we're patiently incubating until more details burst forth — violently kicking and screaming.
Would you rather see new alien designs or a return to the classic look?
(Sources: Strange Shapes)