Although fans of the Alien series were looking forward to what Ridley Scott was going to deliver with this past summer’s Prometheus, there was some division over the final product as it was seen in theaters. Some of the blame was placed on screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who has in the past year or two has come under fire by, in my estimation, fans of Lost who felt disappointed that the show’s finale chose to address its characters’ fates rather than the many mysteries posed by its mysterious Island location.
But Lindelof was the second screenwriter on the film. It was actually a draft by Jon Spaihts entitled Alien: Engineers that actually got the project in active development at studio Twentieth Century Fox. And now thanks to the folks over at Prometheus Movie, you can read one of the drafts that Spaihts wrote before Lindelof came on board and decide for yourself where the movie may have not met your expectations.
And don’t worry, Spaihts himself has verified that this is the real deal.
@Prometheus_6812 | That's authentic.
— Jon Spaihts (@jonspaihts) November 11, 2012
You can download the script as a .PDF here. Actually, you can’t anymore as Fox had the site take down the script.
I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing myself, but the parts that I’ve skimmed show that the structure of the final film we got was already in place wit this draft even though some of the details are different. This version does feature the franchise’s trademark aliens and chestbusters much more so than in the finished film, so if that’s what you were looking for, we may have found your culprit.