Damon Lindelof isn't involved with the Prometheus sequel

News Glen Chapman 21 Dec 2012 - 06:13

Damon Lindelof won't be penning the script to Prometheus 2, the writer has confirmed...

Few films have proven as divisive as Prometheus this year, with the Ridley Scott-directed sort-of Alien prequel snaring lots of cash at the box office, but arguably invoking more debate than any other major feature of 2012.

Taking the brunt of the criticism aimed at the film - and there was no short supply of it - was writer Damon Lindelof, who joined the project to rewrite the screenplay. Chatting to Collider, he was asked if he was on board for the planned sequel. “I am not", was his answer. He continued, saying that "Ridley [Scott] and I talked at great length during the story process of the first movie about what subsequent movies would be if Prometheus went on 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 continued 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.”

He then added that “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 JJ [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 always know when this other stuff is going to be done.' 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.”

Which pretty much clears up that. Damon Lindelof won't be involved in writing the screenplay to Prometheus 2, or whatever it ends up being called. Instead, he's working on a new movie with Brad Bird, and he has a new television project in the works too.

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