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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i'm rushing out so i don't have time to read this properly now, but it seems he's not acknowledging the fact his script screenplay was a shocker. "I'm too busy"... more like the studio and fans didn't want you anywhere near the sequel son... Anyway, This is good news. Ridley Scott is ultimately at fault though. Maybe, I don't know. Merry Christmas peeps :D

unbelievable level of hostility on den of geek to Prometheus , if feels exactly like when blade runner came out...everyone slagging it off for plot holes etc...time will i suspect show prometheus to be up there with blade runner ,alien as a classic piece of ridley scott/sci fi cinema...so glad it was not just another 'alien movie- the more film makers can play on/subvert the whole franchise thing to get new films made the better-

Well, possibly not quite on the level of Blade Runner.

The thing with Prometheus is that it isn't a complete story. We know there is more to come so therefore a sequel/s may well finish it off in a satisfying manner but as it stands atm, whilst I liked it more than some, it doesn't feel like a story has been told, just begun.

Oh Reginald! I disagree...

Indeed, and it seems that this is too much for some viewers to take. I agree with sillybillycleverclogs about the hostility. No matter how much people may go on about the script problems or the character's nonsensical decisions and actions, it does not change the fact that a huge proportion of the initial "criticism" was, basically, thick... along the lines of "But the ship isn't in the right postion for the start of Alien". These comments were on this site by the shedload, I read them myself, but when you reply to the critics, it shifts to "I don't understand the goo" or "how can a geologist with navigational expertise get lost". I've never argued against the awful stuff like Holloway's drunken petulance, or the biologist touching and alien worm, but I still can't get my head around just how difficult an experience this film was for some viewers.

Thank God

Yeah, I can kind of understand the disappointment for those who avid fans who were possibly expecting more B-movie Alien Horror rather than the slightly more pretentious film that they got as I probably felt the same way about Nolan's Batman. But if you pick apart a movie for minor inconsistencies then no-one would enjoy any movie, ever.

While I appreciate the level of work that went into Prometheus, my major issue with it was the ending. It felt exactly like an episode of Lost, in that you sit there through out the whole ride (which had it's ups and downs) and then there was no resolve - it just finished, leaving so much unexplained.

In short, I felt like I was cheated out of a cinema ticket. I paid to see a film and I got half a story. Imagine seeing Fellowship of the Ring and not knowing it was the first part of the trilogy. That's what it felt like for me.

Fair enough, they have since confirmed that they are making a sequel - however, does anyone else think this was an incredible gamble to take with the audience?

Yeah, all these 'thick' people whose base demands for a film are that it have silly, trivial things like a plot that makes sense and characters who have logical motivations, and a story that actually has a point, or that says something!

See, what you've done there is mistaking massive, fundamental narrative problems with nitpicks. World of difference.

Good. Hopefully now people will see that the real problem with the film was Scott all along. As has been revelaed, the script for Prometheus was terrible before Lindelof ever got involved.

So hopefully less nonsensical pretentious references to religion and more bits that don't make you go 'eh?'. It would be nice if the second one didn't spend as much time trying (and failing) to be clever.

I wish they'd stop blathering on about it not being a prequel. It clearly is.

Well i really like. REALLY like it.

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do people persist in insisting those of us unhappy with the film didn't like it because it wasn't a 'proper' Alien prequel (what ever that might be)? I and many other went to some length to illustrate that we felt it was mostly because of poor scripting and huge plot holes (and no, these were not defensible as 'work it out for yourself scenarios'). I've enjoyed Ridley Scott's work for years and despite Prometheus, hope to enjoy more to come. I'm fed up with these pretentious attempts to dismiss those of us who were critical as idiots.

It's got nothing to do with the fact it was or wasn't a worthy sequel to Alien. It was just an awful and shoddily written film.

Oh dear, were you able to understand my post? I didn't defend the script or character flaws. I pointed out that it got slated for stuff that was perfectly well explained. The story did have a point, and it did say something. It told us how life on Earth started, it told us that there is a superior intelligence to us, with motivations that are not necessarily understandable (yet), it told us that they intended to wipe us out (the end of an experiment?) but something went wrong before they managed it, it told us that we should not assume that extra-terrestrial intelligence and/or our maker is the benign power that we might naively hope for. Is that enough for you? I'll state it clearly again - there were many posts on this site from people saying it didn't tie up to Alien, and other such idiocy. I didn't come out of the Phantom Menace thinking "But how come Anakin isn't Darth Vader now?". I didn't come out of Prometheus confused either. I wasn't satisfied with some of the characterisation, but then I've never said I was. I understood the plot. It made sense. I understood the meaning, it made sense. I understand that further films will provide more information, that makes sense, but I hope that it never involves an awful slab of exposition to join up every dot.

I'm thrilled that Mr. Lindelof won't be working on any planned sequel to the hideously underrated Prometheus. I've read Jon Spaihts' original script titled Alien: Engineers and, although I thought the final film was flawed but still brilliant, I think it would have been ever better if Damon Lindelof hadn't been brought on to do the rewrite. Bottom line is - it didn't need a rewrite, the early drafts were good enough. Spaihts should have been left alone to polish his original concept without interference from a blatantly inferior writer like Lindelof.

I do agree with much of the comments here, in that I believe Prometheus will, in time, gain the same belated following and appreciation that Blade Runner has.

James Cameron to write and direct Prometheus 2!?

Good riddance...

Agreed Omni. The real problem is people not being able to accept the fact that its possible to enjoy a flawed film. They are proceeding under the flawed logic that "I enjoyed a film, thus it's brilliant". I enjoyed Prometheous, but it's a film that sacrificed character to serve an overly convoluted plot. I'm guessing the studio forced Scott into re-writes, too bad as we almost got a sequel worthy of the first 3 installments.

The film was a huge letdown for me as an Alien fan. I believe if both writers polished Spaihts' script instead of the other completely rewriting the thing, it would have been good. I do like the fact Lindelof told a story that didn't take place on the same planet as Alien. I am hoping for a good sequel though.

So it basically says little more than than the plot of Independence Day. I'm not saying I couldn't follow the plot - it was incredibly simple, and chock full of cliched sci-fi concepts - I just didn't understand the point - the film is so full of cod-philosophical posturing and vague religious imagery, but it doesn't say anything remotely interesting or original, and I resent the claim that it is somehow intelligent or thought-provoking. It's a supremely dumb film masquerading as intelligent sci-fi.

I couldn't care less how it ties into Alien - in fact the better prequels tend to be the ones that offer a new spin on the source material rather than trying to pander to fans.

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