According to a report posted a month ago on the Australian website What's Playing, which was taken down, and then unearthed by a reader who sent a screenshot of the original story to Latino Review and other publications (got that?) the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed "Alien" prequel is going to feature some kind of kinky futuristic sex we may have not seen before on screen. At least not in this context.
The article, essentially a purported script report of the screenplay written by John Spaihts and then rewritten by "Lost" scribe Damon Lindelof, describes several details of the "Alien" prequel story, the most disturbing of which focuses on two male human slaves that are telekinetically forced to have sex with one another. While this may sound far fetched, several of the other elements described in the script do ring true. While casting talk of Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman for the lead role choke the Internet, many of these reports seem to forget that British actress Gemma Arteton ("Tamara Drewe") essentially already told the U.K. media that she was discussing a role in the film with Scott. This report picks up on this thread and notes that Arteton has been offered a role in the picture. So is this concrete evidence? No, but we've already heard reports that Scott was trying to mount an expensive R-rated film and having protagonists of all people (or perhaps anti-protagonists) forcing human male slaves to have sex with one another doesn't exactly conjure PG-13 overtones.
The film is also described as "hard science fiction" meets a psychological drama which adds an interesting new angle to the story that Scott said will reveal the history of the "space jockeys" discovered by Ripley and the crew of the filmmaker's 1977 original. The featured alien in the picture won't show up until the second half of the film, and will be different from the one we've come to know in the four "Alien" franchise films (plus the forgettable "AVP" pictures). Either someone is getting extremely creative with fabrication or these purported details are close to the mark. Apparently, "aliens are used by the space jockeys (known as Growers in the script) in their terraforming processes as some sort of biological tools". This definitely ties in with what Scott said last spring about the focus of story, "[The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life." And speaking of future life, Lance Henriksen, the actor who plays the synthetic A.I. lifeform Bishop in several of the films has apparently spoken to Scott about appearing in the film again.
We're obviously skeptical of most trash on the internet that comes across our desks, but based on everything we've read so far, you'd be a pretty poor detective if this didn't feel like it was leading you closer to the trail. Our guess is, if this is indeed true, it's almost certainly Spaights' draft of the script as Lindelof just turned his in. This likely means some of the script could change including the psycho-sexual elements, but that's obviously just speculation.
So far this all sounds incredibly intriguing and if indeed fact, we hope it hasn't been too sweetened and polished over. Our only issues? Why two films and why 3D? Both elements seem unnecessary in this context. Then again, even if this report is true, it's likely only a small slice of the entire picture. -- RP