PROMETHEUS Sequel Targeted for 2014 or 2015 Release; Damon Lindelof May Not Return

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It looks as if the Prometheus sequel is indeed moving forward.  Anticipation for Ridley Scott’s Alien-esque sci-fi pic was at a fever pitch when the film hit theaters, but reaction was enthusiastically polarized.  Some loved that Scott left many questions unanswered and tackled large ideas, while others were distracted by the script’s plot holes and ridiculously inept scientists.  I fell somewhere in between, but I’d by lying if I said I wasn’t interested in seeing where Scott plans to go for the follow-up.

Fresh off the film’s healthy box office take (especially for an R-rated sci-fi movie), Fox has now revealed that they are actively moving forward with the Prometheus sequel, and screenwriter Damon Lindelof may not be returning this time around.  Hit the jump for more.

michael-fassbender-prometheus-2-sequelIn a feature over at THR that runs down this summer’s blockbusters by studio, Fox confirmed that Scott and the studio are “actively pushing ahead with a follow-up,” with an eye towards a 2014 or 2015 release.  Moreover, Fox is talking to new writers about coming onboard to pen the sequel because Prometheus co-writer Lindelof may be unavailable.  The Lost co-creator recently had to pass a rewrite job on World War Z over to Drew Goddard because he’s currently focused on writing and prepping his new TV series at HBO.

Scott has made no secret about the fact that he’s incredibly keen on making a sequel to Prometheus, and shortly after the pic opened I penned a rundown of what we knew about the follow-up so far.  Scott had revealed that he knew exactly where the sequel would be going while he was making Prometheus:

“I know where it’s going. I know that to keep [David] alive is essential and to keep [Elizabeth] alive is essential and to go where they came from, not where I came from, is essential.”

damon-lindelof-prometheus-2-sequelBoth Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are contracted to return for the follow-up (which could easily become one of the best roadtrip movies ever), but there’s no word on whether any of the other characters would appear in flashbacks or whatnot.  I would be genuinely interested to see Lindelof return to pen the sequel, but I understand he’s a busy guy and Scott wants to get moving on Prometheus 2 sooner rather than later.  The scribe previously talked about his involvement/non-involvement with the follow-up:

“If Ridley wants me to be involved in something, that would be hard to say no to. At the same time, I do feel like the movie might benefit from a fresh voice or a fresh take or a fresh thought. Sometimes the baton should be passed, if that’s what the story demands. I had [Prometheus] for the period of time that I was running the race, and if that story continues, it could actually benefit going into someone else’s able hand. Although, I feel like some of the iceberg below the water for any potential future movies in that storyline has already been constructed based on conversations that Ridley and I had about it.”

prometheus-movie-poster2014 seems a bit early, especially since Scott is developing a Blade Runner sequel that he’s high on directing as well. I assume 2015 is a more likely release date for Prometheus 2, and Fox president of production Emma Watts cautioned that they don’t want to rush things too quickly on the follow-up:

“Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it.”

It’s incredibly refreshing to see that Fox is interested in making sure that the film is ready before they stamp a firm release date on Prometheus 2, so hopefully the final product will be well worth the wait.  For now, it sounds like we’ll definitely be following Fassbender and Rapace’s characters on their quest to find where the Engineers came from (the planet shown in Prometheus was not the home planet of the Engineers, nor the same planet visited in Alien), and I’m more than intrigued to see the end result.

For much more on what the possible follow-up could entail, including a possible answer to one of the major lingering questions in Prometheus—why did the Engineers target humanity for destruction?—click on over to our previous recap of Prometheus 2.  Sound off in the comments with your thoughts on this sci-fi sequel, as I’m sure there are many.




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  • Lance

    YES!! One of the most ambitious films of the summer gets the sequel all of us who appreciate thoughtful, visionary sci-fi wanted.

    Can’t wait to see where this journey Ridley’s taking us on goes next!

    • Strong Enough

      oh god shut up. So all of us that didn’t like it weren’t sci fi fans? kiss my ass

      • Anonymous

        apparently Strong Enough isn’t the right name for the jackass who can’t appreciate a sci-fi movie that keeps you wanting more even if it is at the end–that’s why it’s called the climax. Idiot.

  • Arturo

    Thank God It Was Lindelof who screwed up this film’s script. Riddley all u gotta do now is release an extended cut of prometheus on bluray and ill be fully happy and please no deacon’s in the sequel the design was terrible.

    • Anon

      For all the Lindelof haters. The Prometheus writers were basically boxed out of the film. The writers were only allowed on set one day through out the whole production and while filming Scott threw out much of the script. He used it more as a suggestion than a film structure. Blame Scott for your story whoas.

      • jasperwolf

        Whoa and woe to you for hearsay evidence. Unless you were there as it happened?

      • AJ

        Lindelof’s got more talent in his pinky than all his haters combined.

    • Jared K

      Really? Are you kidding me? The Deacon was spectacular and WAY cooler than the Xenomorph. If Damon doesn’t return, the movie will most likely FAIL

      • Anonymous

        You are clueless. The Deacon Alien was hot garbage, and while the films concept was very well thought out, the script and film failed to deliver. No character developement, bad acting ( Minus Fassbender) or maybe dialogue. Lindelof might be good for TV, I may be one of the few that liked Lost beginning to end, but he does not know how to put everything in a 2 hour film. Also Ridley might be in a slump ( slash losiing it.) His last few movies have been GARBAGE!!

  • patrick

    I’ll be nervous if Lindelof doesn’t return. I doubt Ridley could do this without him.

  • Sean

    I really liked Prometheus but as long as Lindelof doesn’t come back, I’ll be more then happy.

  • Ethan

    Despite all the Lindelof hate that is about to follow, I really hope he returns. Loved Prometheus, and he’s a big reason why.

  • jasperwolf

    It will be avoiding a second tragedy if Lindelof gets lost. Did he study under Akiva Goldsman? What was the idea of filling the movie with “red shirts”, moronic scientists, and blatant lifts from Carpenter’s “The Thing”? Visually sumptuous; literally vacuous. ‘Scary Smash” (starring Joss Whedon) made more sense. Please don’t let the aliens speak English either. Otherwise, I’m all for a sequel. Rapace and Fassbender deserve a second chance with better material. That’s all.

  • TheHOYT

    It’s good that Lindeof might not be back, but Ridley already screwed up this franchise by allowing himself to make the debacle that Lindelof wrote. I could care less about a sequel. It’d have to be damn good to generate any interest from me. Regardless, I’ll never pay to see a sequel in the theaters, it’d have to be a tentative rental, at best.

    I really wish that Ridley would move to fresh material, and not return to his old franchises. I can’t wait to see The Counselor, but I hope Ridley will opt not to direct another Blade Runner movie.

    • John

      “I could care less about a sequel.”

      You COULD care less? I think you mean to say you couldn’t care less.

      And I really don’t get the Lindelof hate. He’s said in interviews that he basically wrote Ridley’s vision of the film. And there was more than one writer on Prometheus, yet Lindelof gets all the blame.

      Are you guys still angry about Lost or something?

  • Josh

    The issue with this film was that it couldnt decide whether or not it was a prequel to Alien or an original movie. Just by the ending, and many of its visual references, it clearly started out as the Alien prequel, and in my opinion didn’t live up to expectations. There were way to many plot holes in the script. Perhaps a revised cut of the film would be more appropriate before moving ahead with the sequel. Id hate to see the potential ruined. At the end of the day there were 7 years between the first two Alien movies, and again with the Terminator films (I know these are unrelated, its just an example of sequels that work). Time is what this franchise needs to stay alive. (@just_JoshyG)

  • Nolan laid a golden egg

    ” reaction was enthusiastically polarized. Some loved that Scott left many questions unanswered and tackled large ideas,”
    Scott did neither, no matter which camp you fall into re this movie,;pro or con. All the internet lip service does is attempt to push a supposedly “visionary” sci-fi movie on people who must not be able to identify one. What the intended effect of that could be I can’t imagine, but such false praise is good for nothing else.

  • TDKR was the best

    I know exactly where Ridley is taking this, he’s goingto take this whole thing to god and shove religion down our throats.

    • Stink

      That oughta muddle the issue.

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Excellent news! I enjoyed the first a lot. It wasnt perfect, but it damn well made you think.

    Bring it on!

  • Jared K

    I thought Prometheus was an instant classic (but ranking just behind Alien) and would love to see Prometheus 2 to be co-written by Damon Lindelof, but if he can’t, the new writers better match their talent to that of Damon’s because Prometheus was just spectacular; Ridley Scott created a new sci-fi epic! If Drew Goddard joined the writing team, that would be absolutely epic; Cabin in the Woods is the best horror movie ever made (as its twist is a combination of original thought and H.P. Lovecraft), and to see him become a part of Prometheus 2 would definitely help bring to the big screen the imaginative and creative scope of Noomi’s and Michael’s journey towards the Engineers’ home-planet

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  • michael

    Cannot Wait!! I am actually seeing it AGAIN tonight!!! love this film !!!

  • sense 11

    I can’t wait, i loved Prometheus

  • Jan Sulu

    I like a lot of PROMETHEUS, lot more than regular audience who were clearly disappointed by it. The teaser trailer is a mini masterpiece of tension, action, and epic grandeur which unfairly raises the expectation through the stratosphere and beyond. The final film is obviously hastily edited together to obfuscate certain parts (maybe they don’t want to reveal to the audience that this is part of a trilogy ..yet) and over-emphasize the others. The viral ads (TED 2023, DAVID8) are fantastic and they should be incorporated into the movie somehow. Weyland’s overreaching ambition, greed is a major theme for the movie. DAVID8 short introduces the idea of synthetic human to the audience in a way that the final movie simply cannot. And David figures largely in this movie. I think Ridley & his writers are dreaming up a whole TV season of science fiction epic drawing from Kubrick to Lovecraft.

    My suggestions to the filmmakers is to decide whether they want to do a more commercial Xeno-centric action horror movies which bring in the fans, or a more contemplative science fiction movie in the vein of 2001, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, INVASION OF BODY SNATCHERS etc. In other words, are they remaking/rebooting 1979 ALIEN, or James Cameron ALIENS?
    The latter would bring int he money and potentially revive the Xeno series, the other may please the serious filmgoers but potentially bury the franchise for good. But you cannot have both.

  • michael

    Jan i think there should be NO REBOOT what so ever – i knew from months ago there was going to be 2 – 3 movies before they hit the 1979 Alien timeline and i think they should end this at the point of the Space Jockey giving birth to the chest burster ( the one in the chair of the 1979 alien ) it could even be Shaw that is in the suit …………

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  • Chauncey the gardener

    Somebody should water all these plants

    • DDGmike

      Ha!

  • zac

    that awkward moment when you realise that every “bad” movie in film history is still better than prometheus! ie green lantern, battleship, john carter, revenge of the fallen (hahaha)

    • SED

      You are my hero for saying this. If I had said it, I’d get the wrath of the deaf/mute/blinde fans of this piece of dry shit waiting to be blown to oblivion by the gales of time.

  • NorthernSoul

    Prometheus is a polarizing film because, while its ideas and visuals are nothing short of spectacular, it falls severely short when it comes to basic storytelling elements like plot and character.

    It doesn\’t seem like anyone really knows for sure who\’s responsible for the poor writing, perhaps it was a culmination of many bad decisions, but I\’m sure all the fans are hoping for a better crafted story for the sequel.

    So, Lindelof being absent from the next film could be good or bad. Apparently some of the bigger ideas were his, which means he may have more to offer this fiction. However, if he had a hand in constructing the fundamentally flawed script, then maybe the sequel will be better served without him.

    Either way, the story they\’ve set in motion, however poorly they handled it in Prometheus, is a fascinating one and I, like most of you I\’m sure, are curious to see what\’s going to happen next.

    Let\’s just hope they learn from the failings of the first film and make the sequel even better!

  • EV M

    Seems many of the fans out there aren’t aware of the fact that Damon Lindelof did not create PROMETHEUS, didn’t author PROMETHEUS, didn’t write PROMETHEUS — unless you’re talking about the title , which he did supply. Otherwise, Damon Lindelof can be given the credit, or blame for, is retrofitting the script Fox already had, with the larger story Ridley Scott ultimately decided he wanted to tell.
    The script commissioned from writer Jon Spaihts was for a direct prequel that would set up the ALIEN universe as we’ve come to know it . When Scott decided he wanted to bring something new to the mythology,something unexpected, something even more interesting than an anonymous species first contact with the Gigerform,he brought in Damon Lindelof to open some seams, let out the dress, and make it fit.

    • Ray

      EV M: That was beautifully stated.

      I enjoyed the movie immensely, going into it with no expectations and ready for a thrill ride with no idea what was ahead. (Other than the teasers)

      Aside from the 2 comically stupid scientists, I did develop some feelings for Noomi’s character and even more-so with David.

      I’ve always been a big fan of the franchise but more or less let the story lines take me where they want to go. I’m just along for the ride.

  • Justin Rankin

    If I was a betting man I would say turn to a true storyteller like Steven Zallian or John Logan to flesh out the rough outline. I like Damon’s penchant for not explaining everything, but he leaves wide holes in scripts, rather like he was writing an episode of Lost. Scott knows how to make a visual masterpiece so I have no doubts there. Maybe I’ll take a stab at it. :-)

  • Strong Enough

    people don’t seem to understand that Jon’s script was complete garbage. It was xenomorphs running around killing people. Without Damon we would have never gotten the engineers and the whole mythos around them

    • DDGmike

      Oh, yeah, thank goodness for the engineers and the whole mythos–it was pointless and convoluted. What cerebral crap. What a bore. It was complete trash–pointless and rudderless.

    • EV M

      What I’ve gleaned is that Spaihts delivered an ALIEN movie, as pitched, sold,and paid for, one which included the Space Jockey’s race and connected them with the Star Beasts.The concept of the interstellar “gardeners”, seeding the cosmos with life both benign and malignant, came along later, from Scott himself, and Lindelof was brought in to wrap this story around the one which Spaihts wrote.

  • Ridley Crowe

    I know this won’t happen, so, please, don’t go all crazy on me and start discussing the impossibilities. However, what if Fox decided James Cameron as the director of the sequel? Just a random thought that popped in my Alien/Aliens loving head. I do love Ridley Scott returning for this. He’s my favorite director and really seems to have a solid plan for this film series.

  • SMB

    Perhaps in the sequel we will find out that the reason things are not going well on the engineers home planet is because they were at war , with themselves or another race.

    It could be possible they view all the races they have created as ‘Property’ , resources, tools , to be used to complete a step in a process to create biological weapons.

    They might be able to sacrifice themselves to a point, but once they began running low on ‘livestock’ they decided to invite their creations to return to a designated military base. Or go and seek them out to harvest them to be used as hosts to create biological weapons.

    I would suggest that the Engineers have evolved toward the direction of fear, ego and control. Just because they are intelligent doesn’t mean they are automatically loving and caring. Evolution in the direction of fear is actually devolution. Devolving means death.
    Evolve or die.

    This is why Elizabeth and David should find the engineers have all but died out as a race and we as Humans are at the fork in the evolution road as to which path we as a race will continue to evolve on, fear or love.

    • Lance

      That’s the most thoughtful possibility for a sequel I’ve heard yet. Could be interesting!

  • Kenny B

    So you guys want to turn the sequel into a drama? This is a scifi/horror movie. I thought Prometheus was great, lived up to my expectations and threw a couple curve balls with it too. I was glued to the screen for nearly the entire movie, it engulfed me. Escapism entertainment…. I enjoyed myself 100% more during Prometheus vs. Avengers as a barometer. I hope “Paradise” is even more ambiguous(ie. not spelling out everything for the audience) then its predecessor, so when all you haters see it in the theaters you have even more to gossip about.

  • Kenny B

    So you guys want to turn the sequel into a drama? This is a scifi/horror movie. I thought Prometheus was great, lived up to my expectations and threw a couple curve balls with it too. I was glued to the screen for nearly the entire movie, it engulfed me. Escapism entertainment…. I enjoyed myself 100% more during Prometheus vs. Avengers as a barometer. I hope \"Paradise\" is even more ambiguous(ie. not spelling out everything for the audience) then its predecessor, so when all you haters see it in the theaters you have even more to gossip about.

  • Slice

    No thanks, I had enough caca with the first one. After this and the final season of LOST, I won’t go near anything remotely connected to Lindelof. I tremble in fear at how much they let him do on the new Star Trek.

  • jasperwolf

    Watch all of the extras from the original Alien. Every design idea is there from Ridley’s original movie concepts and script. Check out the script’s “black urns, 3 meters high, with lids that change when touched. Check out the “murals” in the urn chamber of a “part octopi” and scenes of the alien’s transitions, and the pyramid and on an on…Prometheus is the Alien movie Ridley didn’t make in 1979, but could now. But even with Lindelof’s poorly written script, the director must take half of the responsibility.

  • Sam C

    Sorry to say, but Prometheus was not meant for some of you people. This was one of the best films to come out in a long while, and I look forward to seeing a second film. This film was meant for true science fiction and horro fans, and the fools who want the next transformers or other garbage. This film was fantastic, and I look forward to how it connects up with Alien.

  • Sam C

    Sorry to say, but Prometheus was not meant for some of you people. This was one of the best films to come out in a long while, and I look forward to seeing a second film. This film was meant for true science fiction and horro fans, and the fools who want the next transformers or other garbage. This film was fantastic, and I look forward to how it connects up with Alien.

  • Shmojo

    Prometheus 2 – Audience 0

  • aaronsullivan

    Joss Whedon “wrote” Alien Resurrection AND The Avengers.

    The writer takes a great deal of responsibility SOMETIMES. It’s never cut and dry who to blame for a failed movie. Prometheus was a mixed experience for me, but I appreciated it for being bold and daring with its scope. Big failure in giving the audience relatable characters or someone to root for. Took half the film for me and I’m not sure exactly where the blame lies there. Some scenes felt like there was a deeper character who never had enough screen time to be explored (the captain, for instance.)

    It’s better than most movies, and a sequel intrigues me, but my immediate feeling after the film is that I couldn’t see where a sequel could tonally match this and Alien and follow the direction the story was headed at the end. Hopefully, the sequel is awesome, though!

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  • Edge

    Loved Prometheus and i’m greatly looking forward to the sequel. This film was definitely made for people who love smart films and who doesn’t need their hands held to figure it out. And for the haters, you guys are better off watching no brainer that even a monkey can understand movie. Such as Twilight.

    • Icarus

      Loved the film exactly because of the all the “holes” and thought-provoking ideas it presents and helps create. I haven’t discussed a movie as much as this one since Contact. If you are a mouth-breathing fan of stuff like Transformers this movie is not for you.

  • Icarus

    Loved the film exactly because of the all the \"holes\" and thought-provoking ideas it presents and helps create. I haven\’t discussed a movie as much as this one since Contact. If you are a mouth-breathing fan of stuff like Transformers this movie is not for you.

  • Redteddy

    Geez I wish old Ridley would work faster. I’m terminal, I can’t wait until 2015 to see the damn sequel.

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  • markus wallett

    You have to question the wisdom of leaving out the climax of Shaw+axe versus the Engineer — it would have added a bit of suspense to the Prometheus, which the film was severely lacking in Whether it was Scott’s or Fox’s decision is immaterial now, as the film itself was very mediocre.

  • Stuart

    Has there been any discussion on whether or not the Alien Species will be enter-twined with the direction of subsequent movies for Prometheus 2 or Prometheus 3? – And, dare I ask, any indication whether the Predator species will be explained?

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  • hello777

    i am excited. for me prometheus answered 1 question: engineers aren’t gods. they worship something far superior and greater than themselves, most likely THE God. one thing is for sure, i sure hope there is a far better explanation for why engineers are ?naturally? aggressive. hopefully in the sequel ridley will add development to the history of the engineers. maybe shaw will befriend an engineer? ridley has a big chance to get creative with the engineers as a species with a history. hopefully the engineers aren’t sinister and too aggressive in a sequel.

  • big boy

    jus cant wait!!!HURRY HURRY HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • $27399012

    “At the same time, I do feel like the movie might benefit from a fresh voice or a fresh take or a fresh thought.”

    With all the holes in that flick — it might need a fresh voice. Also, “The Leftovers” sounds terrible. Lindelof should be perfect for that gig.

  • $27399012

    Lindelof has been quite candid as to what he injected into the Prometheus script via his interviews. Lindelof even bragged out how much input Ridley allowed him to have on the project.

    “I felt like that was all the stuff we’ve seen before, and then there was this other idea in the script that I haven’t seen before, so I told
    them, “What I think this script would really benefit from is a remixing
    of its ideas, to make the movie about these ideas and themes of
    creation, and focus it more on the idea of going to visit these beings who may or may not have made us. And a little bit less on things jumping out of eggs and running after us with mandibles of death.” All of which probably would have been awesome in any other context, but I think it would’ve definitely been more along the expected path.”

    “Q: Your fascination with this idea of creation can be traced back to Lost, as well, and the show’s final season revelations and overarching themes.

    A: Sure, that’s very perceptive of you to say, too.”

    (Lindelof dropped the ball on the finale of Lost as well.)

    “Movies.com:
    You throw religion and spirituality into the equation for Prometheus, though, and it almost acts as a hand grenade. We had heard it was ==>scriptedWe<=== definitely did, and then we thought it was a little
    too on the nose. But if you look at it as an “our children are
    misbehaving down there” scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, “Lets’ send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it. Guess what? They crucified him."

    http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/06/interview-prometheus-screenwriter-damon-lindelof

    http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/prometheus-writer-damon-lindelof-talks-engineers-alien-family-tree-the-sequels-opening-scene/

    http://www.movies.com/movie-news/ridley-scott-prometheus-interview/8232

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