There is no doubt that Alien, the eighth passenger is one of the best science fiction movies that gave us creatures that have already become an icon of cinema, the Xenomorphs. However, the original script for the film featured a detail regarding the creatures that nearly spoiled them.
Although the wild and terrifying aspect of the Xenomorphs was going to be present in the alien movie, in their original script their wild behavior was only part of one period of their life cycle, becoming erudite intelligent beings in their maturity.
As detailed in an article published in Monster legacy, the Alien original script he described the killer species Xenomorph as a full-blown civilization, complete with an elaborate pyramid containing the means for its complicated cycle of reproduction to occur. Your screenwriter, Dan O’Bannon, admitted that the alien’s life cycle was “extremely complicated”, with the first stage consisting of an egg seeking a host (embodied by the infamous Facehugger) and the second stage being the Chestburster, that is, the killing machine. rampant that viewers know and love.
But this was not, originally, the end of the line for the Xenomorph. The monster, similar to the Predators, eventually became an intelligent and self-aware being. Ron Cobb, the designer of Alien’s technology, put it this way: “Eventually, his thirst for blood is gone and the Alien becomes a calm and intelligent creature, capable of making art and architecture, living a full academic life of 200 years”.
O’Bannon explained that this version of Alien’s deadly monsters would have had a long-abandoned pyramid lair built solely to accommodate their procreation process. However, due to both a lack of screen time to explain its origins and a lack of money to visualize this in the film, the set became the abandoned spaceship containing the Space Jockey (which, in turn, spawned the famous Prometheus and Alien: Covenant Engineers).
As a result, viewers were finally done with the complex backstory of Ridley scott for another separate alien species, leaving fans wanting to finish learning about the origins of the Xenomorphs and link it with the events of the first Alien installment as the prequels remain paralyzed after Covenant.
What do you think of this detail of the Xenomorphs from the original Alien script?