Alien: Ivor Powell wrote a treatment
for an Alien prequel/sequel

leading from 

a) Hollywood's disinterest
While there had been some discussions on a sequel for Alien, the studios appeared to not be interested in doing a sequel as back then at the time of the film they didn't see this as being a franchise.
Although in the twenty first century, if they got the vibe that it was going to be successful, it became common practice to have a sequel on the tracks.

Final version of the Alien Life Cycle Tableau (1978) by HR Giger
b) Inspired by Giger's unused mysterious creations
However Ivor was absolutely fascinated by what HR Giger had been working on that never quite found its way in to the Alien movie.

For instance there was the hieroglyphic tableau that was going to be found in the derelict's entrance corridor which had some sort of Egyptian/ galactic Alien background to it, and that never got into the final movie.  

c) Interest in the Space Jockey's story 

Ivor wondered at the time of the film about who the space jockey was, what had gone on in the derelict ship with its strange life forms in the silo, whether the spores were armaments and perhaps they were being shipped somewhere,

The derelict ship in the past had a great sense of mystery to it that exited many fans.

(see also: Alien: The end of the line and back to the distant past)

The head of Ash the robot about to Speak

d) Inspired by speeches written for Ash the robots about the alien

Another point of interest was a bit of speech that Ash the robot gives about the alien monster, what it was about.

(See also: The robot head speaks.

Sigourney Weaver with Ivor Powell

e) Ivor explores the writing of a sequel/prequel
He certainly saw the development of the movie production in a way that fans would only dream of seeing.
However as a genuine sci-fi buff, a writer himself and because of his close involvement in the Alien production,  he found himself in the following years writing a thirty or forty page treatment based on the idea of a prequel, to explain the mysteries of Alien.

Hollywood wasn't interested, they wanted him to change the script to something else and so he gave up.

Although some of the mysteries were later unravelled in in Prometheus, it didn't touch on where his ideas were going and so he found himself bitterly disappointed. 

Source Quotes
  1. Ivor Powell: Immensely disappointed, yeah, yeah, yeah. I did actually, um, um I write as well, and erm, I was trying for years on since they made Alien 1, I used to go home at night and write away, you know, convince myself I was a writer. Fox were not interested in making, I don't know when. When was Aliens made, actually er. 80s?Alien Q &A, Genesis Cinema, August 23rd 2014)
  2. Ivor Powell: yeah. Initially, yeah, after the first Alien, they weren't interested in doing a sequel, you can imagine nowadays, before you'd even like finish the first one, if they sort of got the vibe it was going to be successful, they'd already have a sequel on the, you know, on the, on the tracks, but this took a long time, because they weren't really, they didn't see er, that it was a franchise, and I remember writing a thirty, forty page er sort of thing, based on the prequel, because that's the sort of thing that I found absolutely fascinating about was all Giger's, there were a lot of things that never got, you never saw er, in Alien 1, like there was the entrance to the er, the derelict ship, the alien derelict, there were these sort of hieroglyphics and things like that, that he did at a certain sort of Egyptian / sort of galactic sort of alien sort of background, and none of these things got seen, but all that fascinated me and I think the little sort of bit of speech that er um er, the robot Ash gives about the kind of this, this, what this creature's about, I just, I found really fascinating and what was the space jockey, you know, where did he come from and all that, and I know some of it got vaguely explained in Prometheus but for me, it didn't touch it at all, didn't didn't, so I was bitterly bitterly disappointed (Alien Q &A, Genesis Cinema, August 23rd 2014)
  3. Wmmmvrrvrrmm: I wish that I could see that er, your little... erm ... Alien prequel... script... treatment.... thing, that would be wonderful

    Ivor Powell: Yes, it was fun. 

    Wmmvrrvrrmm: But, I know, I just.. it's the idea of all those strange ideas in the background

    Ivor Powell: (barely audible recording so I just hope these are the words)  You've heard this. They threw me out in Hollywood all right on  first time and anything, but didn't want me there, they wanted me to change it to something else, I thought now what do I do (After the Alien Q &A, Genesis Cinema, August 23rd 2014)
  4. Ivor Powell: I would have gone before because that's what I find interesting. I want to know who that space jockey is. You know, what, what are the aliens doing in the silo? Are they armaments? Are they shipping them somewhere? All that, and I think all that for me, is fascinating. (The Making of Alien documentary)


  1. Did a little bit of re-editing because what I've written trying to pull bits of information together often comes out looking garbled

  2. Took a look at it again today. It's almost looked as if someone had done cut-up experiments with the text although I admit this whole matter had put fractured state, but so I've re-edited it and made it more concise. It's not an easy subject to even think about really. Ivor publicly revealed back in 2014 that he wrote this thing but we don't know much about its contents still, and some of us might like to know.