Lost’s Damon Lindelof to rewrite Alien prequel

Ridley Scott’s planned prequel to Alien brings in the co-creator of Lost to work on the script…

Damon Lindelof hasn’t been short of screenwriting assignments. But that hasn’t stopped him taking more work, for as it turns out, he’s reportedly signed on to work on Ridley Scott’s planned Alien prequel.

According to Deadline, Lindelof has agreed to do rewrite work on the script for the film, which 20th Century Fox is looking for director Ridley Scott to commit to as his next movie (only one film is being talked about here, not the second of the proposed Alien prequels).

Deadline reports that Lindelof “jumped” at the chance to work on the film, and he’s set to start work on retooling Jon Spaihts’ screenplay once he’s finished up on the Star Trek sequel script (which he’s co-writing with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The trio also penned Cowboys And Aliens, which is due next year).

This will inevitably soon move the emphasis back to Ridley Scott, who hasn’t chosen his next directing job post-Robin Hood. His slate is easily one of the busiest in Hollywood, though, and assuming that Lindelof gets the Alien script where everyone wants it to be by the end of the year, there’s still no guarantee that Scott would jump aboard the project immediately. It does appear to be one of his preferred projects, though, so here’s hoping…

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