Damon Lindelof on Prometheus 2 rumours
As reports suggest problems cracking the script to Prometheus 2, Damon Lindelof has issued a response...
Spoilers for the ending of Prometheus lie ahead...
A story broke last night, over at Bloody Disgusting, that was suggesting all wasn't well at all with the in development Prometheus 2. According to the site's unnamed sources, 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott are "freaking out" over how to continue he story of Prometheus, and where to take the adventures of Noomi Rapace's character next. Furthermore, it suggests that they "are taking pitches from anyone who can crack the story".
It also suggests that Prometheus 2 remains in limbo, partly as a result of the desire to turn the first film into the opener for a trilogy. And the site's story also digs into what changed when Damon Lindelof boarded the original film to rework Jon Spaihts' screenplay. It specifically states "Lindelof transformed Prometheus into a 'trilogy', thus stripping the first film’s conclusion of any meaning and setting Ridley and Fox up for disaster. This disaster was perpetuated when Lindelof announced he wouldn’t be penning the sequel. So, in short, the guy who convinced the filmmakers to make a trilogy, left them in the dust…"
It also said that "while a sequel is nearly inevitable, it definitely puts it in flux, and in a state of jeopardy".
Interestingly, Damon Lindelof has now responded, in an statement that he's posted via Slashfilm. Bloody Disgusting seems adamant in the light of it that its story regarding problems with Prometheus 2 is on the money. Given that we have no access to anyone who can clarify things one way or the other, we're advising requisite amounts of salt for the time being.
Lindelof, meanwhile, comes out of this in quite a classy way. He opens his response by declaring "while I'm happy to maintain my ongoing role as Internet's whipping boy (well, not happy, but at least resigned), this is weird attack piece, even for someone who should be used to it by now".
Lindelof clarifies that those behind Prometheus "had a strong desire for this film to launch off in its own way so that by the end, it would not connect directly to the original Alien, but instead run parallel to it", which was mentioned several times around the movie's release. With specific relation to the sequel rumours, Lindelof said that "if there was a sequel to Prometheus, it would not be Alien", and admitted that during the making of the first film, "Ridley did occasionally riff on what he felt might happen next as Shaw and David's head ventured off of LV-223 in search of wherever The Engineers had come from".
"As to whether Ridley and Fox are 'freaking out' about me not working on a sequel, well that’s news to me. I retain awesome relationships with both", he said.
"I did not map out a trilogy and then walk when the going got tough", Lindelof added, "anyone who says otherwise doesn't know me and doesn't know the truth". He ended by saying that "Bloody Disgusting was very clever in tagging their story with the sentiment that denials were going to come. This would seem to throw shade on me denying the veracity of the story simply by anticipating that I would. But denying the story I am. As I said, I will take all the abuse in the world for the things I have done, but I refuse to take it for the things I have not".
At the end of it all, we can't help but feel that we're none the wiser really. Ridley Scott's slate remains jam-packed, although we'd imagine that he'd like, and perhaps need, to get Prometheus 2 going by the end of 2014 at least. We will, of course, keep you posted.
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