Damon Lindelof Not Returning To Write The PROMETHEUS Sequel
Confirming a previous report which suggested that he won't be a part of the follow-up to Ridley Scott's Prometheus, writer Damon Lindelof lengthily explains the reason of why he is no longer going to be on writing duties for the sequel to the science fiction thriller film.
Back in August, 20th Century Fox confirmed plans to move ahead with a sequel to this year's Prometheus (set to be released in 2014 or 2015), while writer Damon Lindelof - who was responsible for rewriting Jon Spaihts' early draft of the movie - expressed his resentment over returning to pen the script for the follow-up movie due to his commitment to other projects. This has seemingly been confirmed by the Lost creator himself, via an interview with Steve Weintraub of Collider at a Bad Robot event last week, in which he provides us with a lengthy explanation of why he is going to miss out the chance of collaborating with director Ridley Scott once more. Check it outbelow...
I am not [involved at all with the Prometheus sequel]. Ridley [Scott] and I talked at great length during the story process of the first movie about what subsequent movies would be if Prometheus were to be successful. And I think that the movie ended in a very specific way that hinted at, or strongly implied that there were going to be continuing adventures worthy of writing stories. What those stories would be would not necessarily usurp or transcend the Alien franchise as we saw it because we know that the Nostromo hasn’t come along yet. So the idea was to set up a universe that… Is it a prequel? Okay. If that’s what we want to call it, sure. But the sequel to this movie is not Alien. The sequel to this movie is this other thing.
So Ridley and I talked about what that other thing might be, and he was excited about doing it. But then I think what ended up happening was that the movie came out, and there was a reaction to the movie. And I got really wrapped up in Star Trek, and really wrapped up in this movie that I’m producing and writing with Brad Bird. And I have a TV project that I was really passionate about. Ridley and I had a meeting after Prometheus came out where we started talking again about where this journey would go. And in that meeting I said to him, unfortunately, before he could ask me and go through the discomfort of whether he was going to ask me or not… It’s sort of like having a date where you’re letting the other person know, “I’m in another relationship.” So I can’t tell you that he asked me and I said no. But I did communicate to him that I was working on these other things.
The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, "Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life." I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, "I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done." And he was like, "Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways." He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.
Judging from the mixed reception Prometheus earned from critics and fans alike, foremost due to the criticism aimed toward the many "unanswered questions" included in Lindelof's final version of the script, this report will most likely be met with greatly divided responses as well. So, are you glad that Damon Lindelof is not returning to write the Prometheus sequel, or do you find it as a disadvantageous move instead? As usual, share your thoughts on the space provided below.
Prometheus follows a team of scientists who travel through the universe on the spaceship "Prometheus" on a voyage to investigate alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind. Under the direction of Ridley Scott and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall Green, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce, the movie was released on May 31, 2012.
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