December 20, 2012

Damon Lindelof Won't Be Writing PROMETHEUS Sequell

At the end of Prometheus it's apparent that there is more story to be told along with Shaw looking for "answers". Back in June writer Damon Lindelof seemed to have given hints we wasn't coming back to write the sequel to Prometheus which has been rumored to be titled Paradise. He stated to HeatVision it would benefit in "someone else's able hand". It's expected that original screenwriter Jon Spaihts will return for the sequel.

“I had [Prometheus] for the period of time that I was running the race, and if that story continues, it could actually benefit going into someone else’s able hand,"

Collider was able to get a lengthy confirmation (more like a defense) that Damon won't be coming back for the next film. Giving the impression that Star Trek 3, 1952 and TV projects will need his attention. Along with the fact if he wrote the film it would take two years to complete. Damon caught a lot of grief from Alien fans and critics alike over seemingly never-ending plot holes and odd character choices. This fact stands out greatly from when Jon Spaihts' original script leaked online recently. Which read like a better fit by tone and connection to the Alien franchise.

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. 

 It's possible but not confirmed that Fox could have passed on having Lindelof return because of the critical backlash of his rewrites. Let's remember he didn't write the entire thing just added things that confused audiences and fans. I would also assume the studio would want a writer to be able to work a little faster so that pre-production could begin sooner than 2015. While Ridley Scott has signed on to make Blade Runner 2 for Alcon Entertainment that script it still being flushed out. It's really up in the air what comes next for Ridley even more so with The Forever War back in development. Scott has stated he'd want to direct a sequel it's possible like with Aliens the studio could start looking for another director.

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