Alien : a screenplay that reads like a haiku

The screenplay for the movie ”Alien” is famous in the movie business for its short lines that read like haiku… or scfifaiku (science-fiction haiku). I borrowed the screenplay once from Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. Here are extracts:

 

ALIEN

by Walter Hill

and David Giler

Based on screenplay

by

Dan O’Bannon

Story by

Dan O’Bannon and Ronad Shusette

REVISED FINAL

JUNE 1978

(page 1)

INT. CORRIDOR TO HYPERSLEEP VAULT

Lights come on.

Seven gowns hang from the curved wall.

Vault door opens.

(page 2, a space tanka)

INT. GALLEY

Kane plugs in a Silex.

Lights a cigarette.

Coughs.

Grinds some coffee beans.

Runs some water through.

(page 2)

INT. HYPERSLEEP VAULT

Another lid pops open.

A young woman sits up.

(page 2)

INT. GALLEY

(Coffee) Pot now half-full.

Kane watches it drip.

Inhales the fragrance.

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