Exclusive: Damon Lindelof Talks STAR WARS, the Future of LOST, PROMETHEUS, Twitter, and the STAR TREK Sequel

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Damon Lindelof comic con interview slice

At this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to get some time with Damon Lindeloff.  Since I knew Christina was also going to participate in a press conference with him for Prometheus (read it here), I decided to use my limited time to ask other questions.  Some of the things we talked about were Star Wars (would he be willing to make a Star Wars movie if George Lucas asked), the future of Lost, Twitter, what should people be looking forward to about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, what’s the status of the Star Trek sequel, and would he want to be involved in a new Star Trek TV Show.  Here’s a choice quote on Trek sequel:

“I feel like the bar we’ve set for ourselves is that it has to be better than the first movie.  It has to justify itself for being a sequel and it has to go in a direction that you don’t entirely expect, but feels familiar enough to sort of honor the forty years of tradition that people have invested in this incredible pop culture phenomenon.  The challenge is immense and all I can say is…we’re on it.”

Hit the jump to watch the video interview.

Finally, a huge thank you to Damon Lindelof for giving me some extra time and also for making one of my favorite shows.

Damon Lindelof

  • Star Wars t-shirt talk
  • :50 – If he was asked to do Star Wars, would he do it
  • 3:25 – How much times does he think about it before he tweets
  • 5:05 – Prometheus talk. What should people be looking forward to…”it’s designed to make people think…and I hope it does.”
  • 7:35 – Alien Harvest question.  After asking it…my friend told me it’s a script going around the net that is fake.  He wanted me to get him to say it was a fake
  • 8:00 – How is the Star Trek sequel coming along. Says it’s now his full time job and that J.J. is also just doing Trek 2 right now.  Also says, “I feel like the bar we’ve set for ourselves is that it has to be better than the first movie.  It has to justify itself for being a sequel and it has to go in a direction that you don’t entirely expect but feels familiar enough to sort of honor the forty years of tradition that people have invested in this incredible pop culture phenomenon.  The challenge is immense and all I can say is…we’re on it.”
  • 9:38 – If he was asked to do a Star Trek TV show would he do it

And if you missed it, here’s the first official image from Prometheus. You can also read Adam’s write up of the Prometheus Comic-Con panel here.

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  • Jack

    When do we get the transcript?

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      we don’t. I just don’t have the time to transcribe all my video interviews from Comic-Con. Really sorry.

  • Edward Lee

    Lindelof’s is fandom’s d-bag. How this guy keeps work after having p*ssed off so many defies logic … or perfectly matches the way folks “think” in Hollywood.

    • Stuart

      Speak for yourself. The man gets work because he’s a genius.

      • Aiden Rush

        I’m assuming you’re purposefully using the word “genius” in the loosest manner possible. Lindelof has been riding on JJ Abrams’ coattails ever since Lost, much like Kurtzman and Orci.

    • aaronsullivan

      Perhaps he’s working because the number people he’s p’d off is a fraction of a percent of the number of people he has deeply entertained? Numbers suggest it, anyway.

      • calvin

        i’m gonna go with “genius” and what aaronsullivan said

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  • Alex

    “Pissed off so many” is entirely relative. He may not be a genius, but he’s a talented writer with an imagination. His work may run hot and cold for some, but I’ll take a storyteller that takes chances any day of the week over just someone regurgitating the status quo.

  • mark tornits

    i’m just glad we didn’t have to see Steve’s black finger nails.

  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    Once again, Steve, you ask amazing questions. You are awesome.

  • AndyC

    “that i felt was subtext that needed to become text, and that became the journey that Ridley and I went on”

    Coolest thing i’ve heard anyone say on this site…. Maybe ever…

    Frosty you are the man!

  • Bill Graham

    This guy can talk his ass off, that’s for sure. Love what he says about ALIEN and how he notes that the character dont ask questions, they just move on because they have other shit occurring.

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  • monsterkillsthepilot

    Unfortunately they have already written 50 hours for the star wars tv series.. I really hoped lucas would bring Lindelof on board for this.

    I hope Lindelof will one day make another tv series but rather for cable or PPV than a network. Or I know he loves the British format so it would be cool if he could make a 2 season series that will blow everyone’s mind once again.

    I think if someone brings lost back to life he would definitely tell Mr. eko’s, libby’s and walt’s story.

  • colin

    Lost rules. it is practically a religion. like a modern day Star Wars. Lucas and crew gave us about 10 brilliant hours, and Lost gave us, well, closer to a hundred. The comparisons can end there, but suffice it to say that Lindelof and the rest of the writing crew know how to tell a story. Can’t wait to see all the brilliant stuff this guy comes up with.

  • Ndal

    Your video interviews always come off as awkward and kind of unprofessional. you ask a question about Alien Harvest which your not even familiar with which leads to an awkward moment where Damon has a look as his face like “Why the hell would you waste your time and my time asking a question neither of us know anything about”. You also need to slow down a bit, your nervous which is understandable but you come off as your not really listening to his answers your just waiting for him to stop talking to get the next question in. I’m not trying to be a jerk but heres more constructive criticism you may want to keep in mind; You swear way to much. Im no prude but when the person your interviewing is more professional than you are, your in trouble. i know your trying to make it more personal and seem like just a chat between 2 dudes but the look on Lindelof’s face here especially when you comment about not loving star wars speaks volumes. Just ask the question. When you mention how you feel about Star Wars your putting him in the position that he now has to answer your question and address how idiotic it is to stop liking or “fall out of love” with star wars due to the prequels. if you just realized one day that you didn’t like the OT based on the OT itself and not the prequels than thats one thing. if your asking an opinion based question let him know after he answers how you feel not before. Again i cant imagine how nerve wrecking it must be to interview someone who’s work you generally appreciate but if you keep some of these things in mind you may find your interviews the better for it. Or not.

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  • musicnothing

    I always love watching interviews with Damon Lindelof. It’s clear he really respects viewers/fans and wants to do a good job. Watch an interview with Michael Bay or James Cameron and you’ll see by contrast how much Lindelof cares about smart entertainment.

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