Exclusive: Damon Lindelof Is Not Writing the PROMETHEUS Sequel; Explains Why

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A few months ago we reported screenwriter Damon Lindelof might not have the time to pen the Prometheus sequel for director Ridley Scott.  I can now confirm the news.  When I spoke to Lindelof last week at a Bad Robot event for the Star Trek sequel (more on that soon), he told me he wasn’t doing it.  He explained that after Prometheus got released, (Scott and Lindelof) had a meeting “where we started talking again about where this journey would go.”  Before Scott could ask him to write the script, he said he couldn’t do it due to other commitments.

For more on why Lindelof said no, hit the jump.

prometheus sequel damon lindelofUnlike some screenwriters that can balance multiple projects, Lindelof told me he can only be working on one thing at a time.  Here’s part of what he said:

“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite.  Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it.  And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in.  The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting.  But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.”  I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does.   I don’t have the capability.  I’m usually very single-minded creatively.  I can only be working on one thing at a time.  So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff.  And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.”  And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.”  He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him.  But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”

As someone that really enjoyed Prometheus, I’m disappointed Lindelof won’t be involved, but I’m glad Scott enjoyed the experience enough to want to continue the story.  While 20th Century Fox has yet to confirm a release date, I’ve heard the sequel is a priority for the studio and I’m sure we’ll find out soon who is working on the script.

damon_lindelofHere’s everything Lindelof told me about the Prometheus sequel and all our previous coverage including what we already know about the film.  Look for a lot more with Lindelof very soon.

Collider: I know from people at Fox that they were really happy with the worldwide box office of Prometheus and that they are moving forward on a sequel.  Are you involved at all?

Damon Lindelof:  I am not.  Ridley [Scott] and I talked at great length during the story process of the first movie about what subsequent movies would be if Prometheus were to be successful.  And I think that the movie ended in a very specific way that hinted at, or strongly implied that there were going to be continuing adventures worthy of writing stories.  What those stories would be would not necessarily usurp or transcend the Alien franchise as we saw it because we know that the Nostromo hasn’t come along yet.  So the idea was to set up a universe that… Is it a prequel?  Okay.  If that’s what we want to call it, sure.  But the sequel to this movie is not Alien.  The sequel to this movie is this other thing. 

prometheus-david-Michael-Fassbender-posterSo Ridley and I talked about what that other thing might be, and he was excited about doing it.  But then I think what ended up happening was that the movie came out, and there was a reaction to the movie.  And I got really wrapped up in Trek, and really wrapped up in this movie that I’m producing and writing with Brad Bird.  And I have a TV project that I was really passionate about.  Ridley and I had a meeting after Prometheus came out where we started talking again about where this journey would go.  And in that meeting I said to him, unfortunately, before he could ask me and go through the discomfort of whether he was going to ask me or not… It’s sort of like having a date where you’re letting the other person know, “I’m in another relationship.”  So I can’t tell you that he asked me and I said no.  But I did communicate to him that I was working on these other things.

The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite.  Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it.  And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in.  The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting.  But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.”  I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does.   I don’t have the capability.  I’m usually very single-minded creatively.  I can only be working on one thing at a time.  So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff.  And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.”  And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.”  He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him.  But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.

For more on the Prometheus sequel, click here.  Leave your comments on what you’d like to see happen in the sequel below.




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  • VicManMan

    Let’s keep it real: nobody liked his contributions to it.

    • carrie

      He improved a mediocre script.

      • zodd

        Yet it still sucked.

      • Alan

        The Spaihts draft had well-defined characters, emotional stakes and credible motivations and pay-offs. If that’s “mediocre”, well then …

      • Voc007

        Spaihts’ script was freakning awesome and brilliantly written. Personally, everything I wanted from an Alien prequel. It’s heartbreaking it never ended up on the screen.

    • Weeks

      Agreed. Based on what I’d read about the original script, it sounds like Lindelof ruined it.

      • Spunk Bubble

        Why don’t you read it for yourself then instead of buying into the typical ‘grass is always greener’ laments that are bandied around. It wasn’t the masterpiece people have been saying at all. I see a few comments here about how they wanted the ‘true Alien prequel’, what this means to me is that they wanted the planet to be the same as the one in Alien the derelict ship to be the one in Alien and it to end with an “ultramorph” (yes, that’s what Spaights called it) coming out of the space jockeys chest. Where can you go after that? I find the idea actually rather boring and prosaic, never mind that it ruins the idea that the derelict in Alien is thousands of year old and turns into something that only crashed 30 years prior to the events in Alien.

        Prometheus wasn’t the masterpice everyone was demanding, but I find some of the hate trending nitpicks on the film so over the top I find it hard to take it seriously.

      • aj

        I read the whole original last night. I loved it, the engineer technology was awesome no lame flute playing crap. The scene when they woke the engineer was soooo much better. The creatures were better all across the board.

    • Red

      Fvck Lindelof , he’s an overrated writer!

  • Tim

    Without Lindelof, this could very easily suck. :(

  • xtheory

    LOL, spent a year of his life to churn out garbage.

    Congratulations you no talent hack.

    • cw

      Only hack is you!

      • TheW

        Lindelof, is that you?

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  • DJC

    assumptions are a mother F’er aren’t they?

  • Lance

    I hope whoever the next screenwriter is really delivers the goods. I really enjoyed Prometheus and the people who didn’t just liked to quibble over really small potatoes. Maps and helmets and snake grabbing and such.

    • Weeks

      Call it quibbling, but when total stupidity on the part of the main characters is what drives the story’s pivotal events, that’s bad writing.

    • Mr Kippling

      hmmm how about i QUIBBLE over ……..awful character writing, terrible logic in character decisions, crap story full of nonsense that loses the balls to tell the story in should for the themes it covers, poor pacing, yes plot holes, LOTS of plot holes, dumb sci fi that people think is “intelligent” for some reason (it really isn’t) the promise of more nonsense in future sequels, crap links to the original Alien (masterpiece) crap looking creatures thrown in for the sake of it, no logic to the goo itself as it just reacts differently to things that are convenient for the script , ends up being nothing more than a b-movie horror film by the end, errrrr as well as all that, everything is wrong with this film :)
      I quibble where quibbling is due but i will also give credit where credit is due and most the visuals in this film are amazing, so hats off to the creative team, the concept artists and cgi guys, if the script writer and director put the effort you lot put in we would have had one hell of a film

      Quibble over!!!!

      • Um, Sure

        “ends up being nothing more than a b-movie horror film by the end”

        Thing is, Alien is also just a b-movie in the end. It manages to do it damn good, though. And it helped to birth an entirely new genre: scifi horror. It’s a classic, no doubt, but when you look closely at that film, it has far more atmosphere and scares than it does actual character development. It manages to avoid the pitfall of becoming a DUMB B-movie, which Prometheus doesn’t accomplish.

      • jkay

        Totally agree

    • bubba

      Sorry but Im too smart too overlook glaring plotholes and stupidity. Quibble on!

      • zachrifice

        There were no plotholes if you paid attention to the film. The only stupidty present with this film is the swarms of simpletons like yourself that didnt understand the film, so you turn around and bash it.

      • Red

        What plot holes dumb ass? Explain!

  • Tyler

    Now, this guy can write better than I can, no doubt about it, but after reading both drafts for Prometheus, Spaihts draft was a better one in my opinion. Lindelof’s felt a little childish with some of his scene descriptions. That being said, I seriously enjoued Prometheus and I hope that Fox and Scott find someone to pull it all together in ONE more movie.

  • Good

    Glad he’s gone. Prometheus had issues but it was fucking Citizen Kane next to The Dark Knight Rises so I’m stoked for a sequel so long as the Nolan bros don’t get a hold of it.

    • Anonymous

      The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus both sucked all the balls.

      • Red

        TDKR and Prometheus Sucked? Why don’t both of you go choke on a dick!!

      • habsfan86

        TDKR is not a perfect film but a great film, Ill pick apart all your negative views bud. swing away! Highly suggest you do your batman research before you start ranting, Nolan stays very true to the comics where the average fan would never notice. As for the Amazing Spiderman, now thats a big steamy pile of crap

  • Ramone

    I agree with the notion that he took a shit script and made it filmmable. The real problem is Scott not caring about what script he ends up filming. He would have been better off letting Lindelof start from scratch–or anyone else really.

    • Alan

      Here is the way Spaihts describes Vickers: “Once a great beauty, she now trades in ruthlessness.” Here is the equivalent description by Lindelof: “WHIP SMART, but as COLD as she is SEXY.” One feels as if it were written by an adult, the other description is something a 13 year-old fanboy could have concocted. That is the difference between both scripts (although the Lindelof script was better than Ridley ‘Asleep at the wheel’ Scott’s finished film).

      • Lance

        Oh Alan. Know you not the vanity of Hollywood actresses?

        If you’re trying to get Charlize Theron in your film, you don’t get her by telling her she was “once a great beauty.” Lindelof knew what he was doing when he changed the character’s description. Also, when you’re reading a script, his style of writing is actually often easier to read than stuff that reads like a novel.

      • Holijay

        It’s cool you’ve read both scripts…but how well you describe character traits in a screenplay seems pretty arbitrary. They both are saying the same thing, one is more elegantly written, the other is far more functional and to the point. In Spaihts description he is demanding the reader to think and engage in his words. This is great for a novel…but doesn’t it slow down and muddy the needs of a script? Scripts are not fine art, they’re like storyboards, lousy, scribbled drawings that serve as a blueprint, they are not an end product. Sure, some storyboards can look pretty, but that doesn’t matter, a well purposed, ugly storyboard is just as good…if not better, because it isn’t potentially fluffing up trash. Which brings me back to the point that Lindelof’s description isn’t dressing it up, it’s to the point, and it works.

        Lindelof knows what he is doing, he clearly polarizes people and I think that’s great.

        I just wish I knew which types of films people consider better than Prometheus.

        Is X-men: First Class better? Is Phantom Menace better? Is Hannibal Rising better? Is the Hobbit better? Is the Amazing Spider-man better? I ask because I have a hard time seeing a better prequel/reboot/original idea from an established franchise than what Prometheus accomplished. Sure, it’s not as good as Alien, but thank goodness it isn’t a slave too it.

      • Holijay

        Completely agree with Alan.

        Scripts are not fine art, they’re like storyboards, lousy, scribbled drawings that serve as a blueprint, they are not an end product. Sure, some storyboards can look pretty, but that doesn’t matter, a well purposed, ugly storyboard is just as good…if not better, because it isn’t potentially fluffing up trash.

      • Alan

        @Lance

        I both agree and disagree with your suggestion. On the one hand, film scripts are less artistic than novels. They’re technical, aimed to fulfil the production’s purposes rather than express the writer’s artistry, and in this instance it was to get Theron’s approval. I get that. But I also know that scripts weren’t ALWAYS written in this stupidly bombastic way: not every script featured things like “And then THE GREATEST EXPLOSION IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA occurred.” These things became more prominent in the ’80s with the onslaught of the Shane Black-style spec script. But this isn’t some young, hungry writer desperately trying to get everyone’s attention: this was a Ridley Scott-directed Alien film. If Scott wanted this thing made, it would have been made, so he really didn’t need to dumb down the prose to hoodwink a producer or exec.

        @Holijay

        Scripts are a lot like resumes or cover letters: whilst some people think that the big picture stuff is important (and they are), the details matter, too. A few mistakes on a resume may indicate the laziness of the writer, and the same can be said of character descriptions, too. You can always tell a good writer from a bad one just from their scene descriptions.

        OK, I’ll explain some more extensive reasons how the scripts differ, and why the Spaihts draft is better.

        * Watts (who later was turned into Shaw) is a much more motivated character. In the Lindelof draft and the final film, she’s passive in the second and third acts, meaning that we don’t get much of an insight into her psychology (other than she can’t “create” life … which, to be fair to Lindelof wasn’t in his draft).

        * All the characters are smarter and more sympathetic for it. For instance, Holloway is a well-rounded character. He cares about other people, doesn’t get pissy when the smallest thing doesn’t go his way, and doesn’t treat David like shit. Also, his death (he explodes during sex) is a witty idea, which explains why Scott probably hated it, and had Spaihts kicked out of his office. To be fair to Lindelof, though, Scott added some douchier elements to the Holloway character, but – overall – he’s a thoughtful character and there’s a sense of loss when he dies.

        * The script has some sense of flow to it, as well. ‘Prometheus’ has a thousand beginnings (Engineers, Shaw and Holloway find the carvings, David chillaxing, the crew wake up, Vickers explains the mission), but this actually has a sense of flow to it, so that – with the exception of the prologue – there’s a causality to the story construction: Shaw and Holloway find the carvings, then they meet Weyland, then they wake up etc. There’s a casuality that is lacking in the opening of the Lindelof script and Scott film.

        * David’s turn in the final act is actually surprising. He doesn’t give a thousand glares to the crew members, doesn’t press a hundred buttons, doesn’t ruffie crew members. Instead, he has read Shaw’s notes over the two years of ciber space and knows more about the mission than the crew do. He is extremely polite and courteous, and shows enthusiasm for the mission (which Shaw and Holloway find infectious). Then, in the third act, he reveals his true feelings, and his sudden coldness is chilling, especially in an excellent scene in which he holds Shaw down as he allows the facehugger to infect her. It’s the difference between a well-established and shocking reversal and … a guy that ruffies crew members.

        I think the Lindelof draft is OK and much better than the film, but the Spaihts draft is an excellent piece of writing, whether it was a Alien draft or not.

    • Lance

      A lot of people here are confusing “nitpicks” for “plot holes.” A plot hole refers to an actual gap in logic that effects the overall plot. Just because a nitpick may have effected your overall enjoyment of a film, it does not mean it weakened the overall plot.

      Case in point: People go on and on about the crew removing their helmets. But just think — yes, think, you CAN do it — about whether if they’d kept their helmets on anything would have changed later on in the movie.

      The answer is no. The helmet issue didn’t effect anything. So… it’s not a plot hole.

      Thinking… it’ll get easier the more you do it. But do yourself a favor, and lay off that steady diet of Michael Bay movies. Watch some real movies, not just empty thrill rides.

      • Alan

        Removing the helmet isn’t a “plot hole” but it makes Holloway seem like a douche, though. You are meant to care about his character (hence the overblown death scene in which Shaw is crying), so depicting him as a one-note tool doesn’t help an audience empathize with him.

        This is how Holloway reacted in the original Spaihts script: “Move slowly. Stay together. Don’t touch anything. Things may be more fragile than they look – or more dangerous. There might be technologies operating here we don’t understand.”

        This is how he responds in the finished film: “I am not wearing this thing anymore. Wish me luck, baby.”

        I know which character I like, you know, the smart one who cares about his crew members, and it isn’t the whiny, self-absorbed jerkass. To the credit of Lindelof, Scott made the character a much bigger tool than the writer ever did, but I still don’t why “not a plothole” automatically makes the character a well-drawn and empathetic character.

  • mrperfect

    “But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
    Well, at least he knows how many of us feel and is honest about it – gotta respect that.

  • Mark

    Guess what? I loved Prometheus! I cannot wait for the sequel!

    • Tim

      I’m with you there 100%

      I CANNOT wait!

    • Mr Kippling

      suckers ;p

  • Slice

    Who cares what the excuse is, or who’s fault the movie was trash. DL was part of the problem. He’s really wrapped up in how good a writer he is and how he idolizes Stephen King.

    Whatever. His stuff is terrible. In 20 years, people will be saying what people said 20 years ago.

    Alien and Aliens were the only things worth a doo doo.

  • SeanPhilly

    90% of what Lindelof says is either a self-serving lie or a passive-aggressive humblebrag.

    • RobThom

      “90% of what Lindelof says is either a self-serving lie or a passive-aggressive humblebrag.”

      ^^
      Nailed it.

      This dude is a compulsive liar.
      And a really bad one.

      And as if THAT weren’t obnoxious enough by itself,
      he’s also BELIEVES his own lies.

      • PRESIDENT MAO

        Agree. Damon Lindelof is a talentless hack with a delusional ego. I don’t know how he is still working in this business.

  • tina

    I can even tell you why without seeing the article. It’s because he’s suck

  • GW

    Great news! :)

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  • russwook

    The man who doesn’t know how to finish what he started .strikes again, and no I’m still not over LOST, the man needs to step away from the pen, so it’s a good thing really. ;-)

  • Mr Kippling

    meh, what a prick!
    He screws up the first film with his bullshit wide open, unanswered, unresolved plot and cant even be bothered to help provide the answers or resolutions to the “story arc” of the next 2 films?!
    Blatantly because he knows they dug themselves a hole too big to get out of.
    Sorry, but no story or explanation is going to please the fans expectations for the questions they want answered, the whole thing is a con. All you obsessive theorists who have wasted months & months “looking for the answers” and coming up with your own theories for the films events and mythology are going to be so disappointed when the film makers spit on your theories by revealing THEIR answers to the “mysteries” of Prometheus and showing you all they never had a clue what they were doing all along, suckers!

    At the same time, i got to say good riddance, means the sequels might actually have well written characters and logical scenes ;)

    Peace!

    • Lance-er

      “…the whole thing is a con.”

      Exactly and just like Lost.

      It’s interesting that the idea of cons–especially long cons–figures so prominently on Lost when the entire show itself can be viewed as one long, disappointing con on the viewer. Am I cynical enough to believe that this could have been by design? I am, but when I consider how without writing talent Lindelof is, I feel certain that it’s just an unintentional yet inevitable consequence of his bad writing.

  • ari

    ‘I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does.’ Taking credit for the work of others? Inventing the plots of his stories on the fly? Tell the truth, moron! YOU WERE FIRED FROM THE SEQUEL BECAUSE YOUR SCRIPT WAS A FUCKING MESS, LIKE ALL YOUR SCRIPTS!

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  • RobThom

    “90% of what Lindelof says is either a self-serving lie or a passive-aggressive humblebrag.”
    ^^
    Nailed it.

    This dude is a compulsive liar.
    And a really bad one.

    And as if THAT weren\’t obnoxious enough by itself,
    he\’s also BELIEVES his own lies.

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  • Armond White is my master now

    Hey, Damon! What if for once you write a story without plot holes and that makes sense in the end? You know, something like the anti-Lost…

    XD

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  • spongefist

    Thanks God for that.

    One can sum up Prometheus very easily:

    Great Visuals – Check
    Script and Direction – Shit

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  • Bryce Forestieri

    GOOD RIDDANCE!!

  • Oscar

    If Lindeloff doesn’t want to end what he started, that says a lot.
    Most certainly he doesn’t have a clue how to expand and conclude the story.

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  • peds

    Gooooood. If you watch the extra footage on the bluray you see all this work ridley and the original writer did. Then this shitty lost writer came in because of the execs and fucked it up. Idiot

    • Alan

      Read both scripts. Spaihts wrote a very good film, Lindelof wrote a mediocre revision and then Scott somehow took Lindelof’s script and made it worse. If you think that Scott had zero power and that he was subject to the whims of a TV writer, then you’re on another planet.

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  • josheli

    I was extremely disappointed with Prometheus. I say that because I hold Alien and Bladrunner as being some of the best out there. Actually, I’ll revise that. Bladerunner is the only film I get giddy about watching every single time. You know why? Because it’s a film that doesn’t have easy answers and doesn’t treat the audience like we’re a bunch of retards. Not only that, but Ridley Scott is a genius when it comes to visualizing his story…

    Prometheus seemed to really try to get the audience to think about things – but I feel like incredibly poor choices were made in trying to achieve that goal. It looked amazing – no doubt. And I would really love to blame the shit out of DL – but let’s face it – at the end of the day, this is Ridley’s movie. He dropped the ball. And if he’s filming the next one – that’s bad news for us.

    Same thing happened with George Lucas. The same thing happened with Spielberg.

    They need to leave that shit alone.

    Look back on the glory days and smile. But don’t try to recapture the past, or expand it, or play with it. Put it in young, capable hands. There are plenty of other directors out there with visual sensibilities and intelligent storytelling abilities. Let them have their day.

    Do other things Ridley……please, please PLEASE! DON’T FUCK WITH BLADERUNNER!!!!

    Thanks.

    • tarek

      PLEASE PLEASE ! STFU josheli.

    • Anonymous

      He has fucked with Blade Runner for 30 years. I’m just waiting for the sixth “ultra-super-duper-directors-extended-special-edition-final-(this time for realsies, honest!)-cut”

      • Reality

        Only the studio fucked with Blade Runner. Ten years later the original cut resurfaced complete with it’s temporary soundtrack. That version was released in theaters again in 1991 (only tweaked to instate Vangelis’s score where it was missing) as a ‘Directors cut’ – although Ridley’s only involvement was to endorse it.
        He didn’t look at it again until it’s 2nd DVD release, where resolved rights from all parties allowed a full package of extras for the first time. That was when he decided to fix Zhora’s death, Harrison’s misaligned audio and the dove.

  • michael

    Loved Prometheus Saw it 8 times – when Alien first came out in 79 i saw it 6 times in the theaters and it had just as many haters as Prometheus until many years later just like Blade Runner and The Thing it went way over peoples heads who need everything spoon fed to them -

    • Brian D

      And Blade Runner and The Thing both, ironically enough, were released on the same date in June of 1982. I saw them both that day. And it’s hard to come up with a day that two iconic genre pics both came out that stand the test of time 30 years later.
      As for Prometheus, sure, characters made dumb decisions and weren’t fleshed out enough. It was far from a perfect movie. Yet it was thought-provoking and visually impressive, a sci-fi/horror film, the likes of which we rarely see nowadays. I think Spaights’ script was very Alien-like and didn’t really cover a lot of new ground, whereas Lindelof and Ridley aspired for more. Whether that was the right decision or not, that’s for debate, but at least they aspired for more.

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  • Justin

    At times I feel like I’m the only person who enjoyed Prometheus. Yes, it had it’s problems, but I still enjoyed it.

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  • Nate

    It’s funny, the plot holes in Prometheus really didn’t bother me that much and I enjoyed the movie. However the plot holes and leaps of logic killed The Dark Knight Rises for me…

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  • yurine

    it was bound to happen

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  • Lance-er

    Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he just gave me an early Christmas present.

    I remember reading the news that there would be an Alien prequel and that Ridley Scott himself was attached to direct. I was so excited!

    Then I read the news that Damon Lindelof had become attached to rewrite the script. Uh-oh.

    Shortly after that I saw the news that the Alien prequel would no longer be an Alien prequel, but would be set in the same “universe” as Alien. And then I knew it was going to suck.

    And guess what? It did.

  • Jacob

    Man alive, gain a little perspective. You’d think Lindelof was complicit in genocide. The man wrote a mediocre sci-if movie, one no worse than the four other terrible movies in the franchise. That’s it. He does not deserve your baseless derision. Like a movie or hate it, but being a little spazoid about feeling disappointed for two hours is just insane. Grow up, keep your opinions to yourself, and go do something productive. Your hate is pathetic and unflattering and it will never make you a better person.

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  • DudeManGuy

    Most of the issues with the script were in the original Jon Spaihts script. The fundamentals of the script were and story were NOT Damon’s fault. He was reworking a script that Scott was already fairly happy with, but wanted more work done. That is Scott’s fault for liking a fractured story. Sure Spaihts used more flowery language in his draft, but it is known that such writing isn’t what makes a great screenplay.

    Despite Prometheus’ issues which were GLARING to me right in the theater, I still left that same theater REALLY wanting a sequel. It was odd.

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  • Spunk Bubble

    Why don\’t you read it for yourself then instead of buying into the typical grass is always greener laments that are bandied around. It wasn’t the masterpiece people have been saying at all. I see a few comments here about how they wanted the ‘true Alien prequel’, what this means to me is that they wanted the planet to be the same as the one in Alien the derelict ship to be the one in Alien and it to end with an “ultramorph” (yes, that’s what Spaights called it) coming out of the space jockeys chest. Where can you go after that? I find the idea actually rather boring and prosaic, never mind that it ruins the idea that the derelict in Alien is thousands of year old and turns into something that only crashed 30 years prior to the events in Alien. I’d be surprised if Scott ever actually explicitly shows the events behind the derelict in Alien.

    Prometheus wasn’t the masterpice everyone was demanding like spoiled children, but I find some of the internet hate trending nitpicks on the film so over the top I find it hard to take it seriously other than numb faddism. I think the future will be kinder to the film in the end.

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  • john

    “end with an “ultramorph” (yes, that’s what Spaights called it) coming out of the space jockeys chest. Where can you go after that?”

    Um, Spaihts had already talked to Scott about another two movies. Where do you go? Well, you follow Shaw and David of course. idiot

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  • Lance-er

    In Alien, the “Space Jockey” was clearly a fossilized skeleton (appeared to be an exoskeleton). In Prometheus, this gets converted into a suit. This bothered me. Humanoids who look like they stepped off the cover of Atlas Shrugged only to don elephant suits? Silly.

    Also, all the convenient holograms the Space Jockeys left lying around. That was a bit convenient and silly.

    Actually, there was a lot about this movie that was silly.

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  • Jesus H Christ

    Can somebody list these apparent plot holes in Prometheus? I didn’t notice any. Perhaps I was paying too much attention.

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  • Matt

    Jesus there some bitter people here. Get over the Lost finale. the guy wrote at least a dozen beautiful scripts with amazing characters, and because he couldn’t come through on a perfect ending for everyone, and didn’t over-explain stupid so-called “mysteries” about why a Polar Bear was on an island (and you’re a damn moron if you needed an answer for that one, it was answered by season 3)

    This film was lacking, but I was far more insulted by the inferior quality of acting by Rapace than Lindelof’s script or Scott’s direction.

  • Matt

    “I can’t do what J.J. does.”

    You can’t come up with a basic plot outline, direct the pilot, and then hand it off to a show runner or two that busts their asses for 4-6 years, only for all future reference and praise of the show to go directly to you?

    Yeah I probably couldn’t do that either.

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  • Yelworc

    The reason they re-wrote the script makes perfect sense, too much like Alien and you end up with a remake and a been there done that before vibe. The expansiveness of the world they created is great and with much deeper questions, has a much more Blade Runner than Alien vibe, which I am sure Scott wanted. The only issue I had was a fractured flow in terms of character development and interactions. The android was great, but more dynamic than all the humans combined… Harrison Fords don’t grow on trees though…. Still a great film.. To have a high caliber director like Scott back in Sc-fi is a gift beyond comprehension.

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