PROMETHEUS Sequel Moving Forward at Fox; Jack Paglen to Write Script

     June 17, 2013


20th Century Fox seems to have a game plan with regards to a sequel to last year’s Prometheus.  While director Ridley Scott made no secret of the fact that he envisioned the Alien pseudo-sequel as the beginning of a new franchise, firm movement on the follow-up had yet to materialize.  Coming off a box office take of over $400 million worldwide for the R-rated sci-fi pic, Fox was initially said to be targeting a 2014 or 2015 release date for Prometheus 2.  Screenwriter Damon Lindelof revealed earlier this year that he opted not to return to pen the follow-up, and a few months ago a story surfaced claiming that Fox was “freaking out” over how to continue the story. Well it appears that a logline for Prometheus 2 has indeed been sorted out, as screenwriter Jack Paglen is in talks to pen the script for the follow-up, with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender expected to return in the starring roles.  Less certain, though, is Scott’s involvement this time around.  Hit the jump for more.

prometheus-2-sequel-ridley-scott-noomi-rapacePer Variety, Fox and Ridley Scott have entered talks with scribe Jack Paglen to write the Prometheus sequel script.  Paglen most recently penned the sci-fi thriller Transcendence, on which Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his directorial debut with Johnny Depp leading the cast.  The report notes that Rapace and Fassbender are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel, and while Scott will most definitely be producing the film, it’s unknown at this time if he will direct.  The filmmaker is currenty in post-production on The Counselor and plans to shoot his Moses epic Exodus later this year, so he likely wouldn’t be available until later in 2014 and Fox understandably wants to get Prometheus 2 in theaters sooner rather than later.

One of the major complaints from audiences about Prometheus was that the film left many plot lines open-ended, especially with regards to the pic’s mythology.  Around the time of the pic’s release, Scott talked at length about his plans to explore the origins of the Engineers in further films and explain how the circumstances surrounding Prometheus were put into motion.  Given that Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Fassbender’s disembodied David were shown setting out for the Engineers’ home planet at the end of Prometheus, one presumes the ongoing adventures of the two will be the central focus of the sequel.

Fox is clearly ready to get this thing going, but it’ll be interesting to see which director the studio taps to take the helm should Scott opt not to return to the director’s chair.  Personally, I think it might be good to let another director step in and take over the franchise going forward.  What do you think, folks?  What would you like to see in the sequel?  Who should direct if Scott doesn’t return?  Sound off in the comments below.


  • calvincrack

    i would prefer if Scott directed it.

  • pinkincide

    There’s not enough turd polish in the world.

    • Still a fan

      actually… they did a Mythbusters on that…you can.

    • AManWithAKilt

      Some of the deleted/altered scenes that appeared on the blu ray actually did a fair amount in that department.

      • Saltonstall

        Yeah, there was a lot of stuff in the deleted scenes that would have made a difference had they been in the final film.

  • JK1193

    What about the Blade Runner sequel? Any word on that?

    • Strong Enough

      they just hired that michael green guy to do a rewrite on Hampton script

  • David M.

    Hopefully another writer will bring a more straightforward story. Damon Lindelof has been behind quite a few movies lately that left me underwhelmed, and when you hear him talk about it he always comes across as if its the audience’s fault that they didn’t get the ‘deeper meaning’-and not that the script had plot holes large enough to drive the Nostromo through.

    • ikkf

      Thank god Scripthack Lindelof is gone. What a shithead.

      • David M.

        LOL. I like how you cut right to the heart of what I was trying to say.

  • lester


    • Strong Enough

      you want that old bitch back? come on

    • sense11

      didn’t her character die

    • Baz Hood

      how about NO!!! Done and done and done and done to death in 4 previous films

  • sense11

    I want to see that sequel, IMHO Prometheus is a masterpiece

    • Hop

      I liked it, plot holes aside. It was beautifully filmed and flawlessly acted.I will be watching the sequel.

  • Tol

    Well I hope they get a proper comedy writer in this time.

  • Pepe

    Please, Hollywood, don’t do it. We had enough nonsense with the first one. Seriously.

  • Baz Hood

    As long as Lindelof is miles away from it…………cool.

  • Rachel

    Good! Looking forward to it. But given Fassbender’s schedule, could he realistically do the film before late 2014 either? I hope Ridley returns, if only because of the beauty of the images in any film he directs.

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  • Hop

    Scott is now doing The Counsellor, which looks incredibly promising. Waiting for a trailer. Then he will do Christian Bale’s Gods and Kings, which will be epic, if all goes well.

    Then he NEEDS to direct Blade Runner 2. And get someone decent on the script, like John Logan or David S. Goyer.

  • Eamonn K P

    I think that part 2 would be great. As everyone wants to know about the engineers base planet, not saying home planet I case the ship was programmed for future colonies or life termination as Premethus films implies with the destructive alien gene or the life enabling gene from the original engineer at the beginning o the film. This movie can go both ways plus the bonus of finding out what the engineers are and their purpose in the film. Ripley coming back no not really since the film Alien illustrates a large company Wayland Utani concept of already understanding the relevance of the alien or genetics. Besides Ripley, her storyline is based in the past. But hey looking forward to see hoe they patch this together.

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  • Michael Bourke

    this is where I would go with the script and story

    Well despite the criticism of the original we all need to accept that it is out there and in fact upon rewatching it is actually a great story. If Sir Ridley Scott planned a trilogy, then this chapter laid the groundwork. We can be thankful that unlike another legendary director, Sir Ridley Scott didn’t opt to write the script. I am glad it left unresolved questions. I feel that everything that happens leading up to the Nostromo is quite fantastic. We don’t need to jump the shark. Here are my thoughts

    CHAPTER 1 – PROMETHEUS – It exists. It left questions unanswered.

    CHAPTER 2 – EVOLUTIONS (Synopsis) Although this would upset those who believe we(the human race) came from GOD or the Almighty Being. What if we were to have come from the black goo which is in fact the Primordial Soup.

    Chapter one dealt with the engineers as possible creators of the human race. Evolutions would touch on the evolution of the Xenomorphs and of course the Weyland family. The movie should open with the Weyland heir apparent (Vickers brother) launching an investigation into the Prometheus, he encounters some objections from the 2IC who happens to be Vickers husband, Mr Vickers (Our Protagonist – who is harbouring his own secret and agenda) who believes that it is a waste of time and money, and that they should let their insurer pick up the tab. Despite the objections the Weyland heir assembles a team of investigators (non-scientific) to head to the LV-223. The protagonist of course joins him on the mission to ensure that no money is spent unnecessarily, we of course will discover his secret and hidden agenda (and it’s not what you think, in fact. It’s bloody brilliant, if I do say so myself)[spoiler] our Protagonist is a direct descendant of the ENGINEERS, who was nurtured on earth to help with the planned infestation invasion[/spoiler]

    After 2 years in hypersleep they arrive at LV-223.

    Shaw and david have been travelling space in the Engineers craft looking for answers, they land on what is deemed to be the engineers home planet only to find it decimated. There is evidence of a great battle, with what or whom we are unsure. What they determine though is that LV-223 was not just a military installation but in fact it was a slave colony, the question is who were the slaves?” David activates the trajectory information from a console to ascertain evidence that LV-223 is the launching place for a full scale infestation invasion of earth. Shaw and David realise that in order to save the earth from from the Engineers and the planned infection of earths population they need to go back to LV-223

    This synopsis works and would fit in with the existing Alien universe, because up until this point the Weyland Corporation is privately owned, so there would be no need for mass panic or government involvement, meaning that all of these events can happen without general knowledge. Also, as all we have at this point is the recording at the end of Prometheus by Shaw, even Weyland Corporation would not be aware of the events that have occurred in the previous chapter.

    ARRIVAL – Upon arrival the Weyland crew start exploring their surroundings and find trace elements of the destruction of the Prometheus, but nothing else.

    – here was can explore and establish the Xenomorph | Engineers mythology, answering some questions, whilst asking more (to be resolved in chapter 3)

    FAR FETCHED IDEA – How fantastic would it be if VICKERS who we believe was squashed in the original was in fact the ORIGINAL CONDUIT for the XENOMORPH Queen. Think about it, prior to the ship rising from the planet we see the ground as unstable and collapsing. Is it to far fetched, as a plot device to imagine that VICKERS (prior to being squashed) fell into a cavern, thus saving her from one death, only to have her infected with a XENOMORPH strain. I can see the new group discovering her body central to breeding ground of a XENOMORPH strain that blends the collective DNA to provide us with the XENOMORPH we know and love. It is fitting, that the ice queen and bitch from the first chapter become the ultimate BITCH.

    After the Weyland team spend time on the planet, they discover interconnected tunnels that lead them to discover the other ships and stasis pods of the remaining engineers, here we can discover the true elements of the goo, here we can establish that the engineers are just a race of beings, not THE race. I strongly believe that they were mere visitors to earth not the creators, and having already experienced the black goo, and having visited earth many times before, they knew there was a race they could infect that would help them build an army. So you have a new team of investigators, you have Shaw and David, you have the evolution of the xenomorphs, you have conflict, mystery, fear a battle for survival. You also have more engineers who were in stasis. Shaw wanted to know why the engineers changed their minds. In evolution, Shaw discovers that they didn’t change their minds, THE LOST CONTROL.

    Shaw to David and Weyland (of the engineers) ” I have been searching for answers as to why they changed their minds, why after creating us they wanted to destroy us!, they didn’t change their minds…THEY LOST CONTROL”

    CHAPTER 3 – PARADISE (Yutani have named LV-426 PARADISE as it is contains a wealth of organic matter that is of benefit to earth) Thus, their decision to send a pre-terraform crew to explore and investigate the feasibility of Terraforming.

    The survivors manage to escape The LV-223 moon and plan to head back to earth. All goes according to plan until they are forced to land to refuel. David has identified another moon that has the fuel required fuel (LV-426). Most questions are answered in the Evolutions chapter, but a couple of questions remain unanswered. On this new moon, those questions are answered. Little do these remaining survivors and Yutani crew know, but they are about to encounter the birthplace of the black goo. They are about to encounter the origin of the “Decon Queen”. The mural from Prometheus is finally explained. We discover that the engineers are not the all powerful race, but in fact were enslaved by the Xenomorphs. This will be the ultimate battle, a battle that will result in the physical Xenomorphs we all know and love. A battle that will end with the sole survivor activating a distress beacon that will rudely awaken the team on a little rusted tin can we call Nostromo.


    Plot Points:

    The engineers, as slaves of the xenomorphs were only heading to earth at the bidding of their masters. They had visited many times before as seen in cave drawings to essentially Terraform the earth as the new nesting place for the xenomorphs race. The Xenomorphs themselves are in control and have been throughout time. They, like ticks latched onto the Engineers 1000′s of years ago. We will learn that engineers have always been the Braun but the hive intelligence of the Xenomorphs has always been the brains. Clearly from the holographic imagery of the engineers running in fear, we know that they are afraid of something. Fair to think that we were witnessing was the crushing of an uprising. History has shown us that even slaves have been allowed a place of worship. Thus the large head room from Prometheus, despite the representation of their god, the mural was always a reminder as to who they were really bound to.


    Plot Points:

    Yutani is the key for the third instalment. As a nod to Aliens. You have Weyland already established as a multi trillion dollar company who in Aliens has already decided to put colonists on LV-426. Yutani also established as a multi trillion dollar company could have already sent their own crew out to explore and terraform LV-426. Of course these two companies are working independently of each other, so it would make sense that one would not know about the others plans and objectives. So For the survivors of Evoloutions to land and surprise the Yutani crew on LV-426 would not be completely out of the question . And would fill a plot hole and provide a new cast :) Remember, Weyland-Yutani merged between ALIEN and ALIENS almost 70 years after the events described above.



    1. VICKERS becomes the original XENOMORPH CONDUIT QUEEN (A scene of discovering her body at the centre of what is a different version of the EGG ROOM from Alien and Aliens)From Vickers the FACE HUGGERS are born.

    2. We saw LV-426 in the middle of a storm, by PARADISE we see it lush but barren and expansive (as we did LV-223) which is why it is referred to as PARADISE and why YUTANI are Terraforming. Although initially expansive, the key conflict returns to the claustrophobic environment that is in fact the mother ship we see in Prometheus.