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The writer of Alien was Dan O’Bannon–it says it right on the screen. But the script he wrote with help from Ron Shusett was actually quite different than what we see in the final film. For one, in his version, the alien eggs were discovered in a strange pyramid constructed on the planetoid instead of being stowed on the derelict ship. This was cut for the sake of the budget, but this script also had no mention of Ash or androids at all, Ripley being a woman, or practically any of the dialogue we hear in the movie. So what gives? Where did all this stuff come from and why did O’Bannon get all the credit?
Well, the answer to that question involves a huge battle over who was really responsible for the story we see on-screen. This is the story of perhaps the best unintended collaboration that launched one of the biggest franchises in Sci-Fi.
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