Fox “Freaking Out” Over PROMETHEUS Sequel? Not Exactly, Says Damon Lindelof

     March 27, 2013


Quite a hubbub occurred earlier today over 20th Century Fox’s supposed difficulty in developing a sequel to Prometheus, and now screenwriter Damon Lindelof has provided a statement on the matter.  Talk of a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film has been around ever since Scott and Co. were doing press for the first film, with both Scott and Lindelof offering up plenty of details regarding where Prometheus 2 might lead.  The first film was developed with an eye towards possibly moving forward with a full trilogy should audiences spark to Prometheus, and with a global box office haul of $403 million, Fox is understandably keen on getting a sequel going soon.

Lindelof opted not to come back and pen the script for the follow-up due to scheduling issues, and a new report today claims that Fox and Scott are “freaking out” over trying to figure out the story for Prometheus 2 after Lindelof “abandoned” the project.  Hit the jump for much more, including Lindelof’s comment on the matter.

prometheus-ridley-scott-noomi-rapaceFirst a bit of background on the matter.  We learned last August that a Prometheus sequel was possibly being targeted for release in 2014 or 2015.  Lindelof subsequently took himself out of the running for the Prometheus 2 scripting gig when he realized that he wouldn’t be able to devote his full attention to the project in the near future, as he had already committed to writing and producing Disney’s Tomorrowland with director Brad Bird and also has a new TV series for HBO to develop.

Noomi Rapace recently claimed that work on a sequel script was underway, but a report from Bloody Disgusting early this morning claims that that’s far from the truth:

“Sources close to the sequel have told Bloody Disgusting that the studio and Scott are literally ‘freaking out’ over how to continue the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), and are taking pitches from basically anyone who can crack the story. While a sequel is nearly inevitable, it definitely puts it in flux, and in a state of jeopardy.”

damon-lindelof-prometheus-2-sequelBD claimed that the “freak out” was due to Lindelof jumping ship and leaving Fox and Scott without a script for the follow-up, despite the fact that one could easily see Scott hiring another screenwriter to continue with the idea for the Prometheus sequel that he himself developed alongside Lindelof.

Naturally this report caused quite a bit of commotion, and the folks over at /Film reached out to Lindelof for a clarification on the matter.  The scribe responded with a lengthy and genial letter in which he reiterated the fact that when he was brought on to rewrite the script for Prometheus, there was a strong desire from all involved (including Fox and Scott) for the film “to launch off in its own way so that by the end, it would not connect directly to the original Alien, but instead run parallel to it.”

Lindelof went on to explain once again that he declined to pen the sequel due to his busy schedule, and directly addressed the claims that Scott and Fox are in a tiff over how to continue the story:

“As to whether Ridley and Fox are ‘freaking out’ about me not working on a sequel, well that’s news to me. I retain awesome relationships with both. More importantly, the idea that there aren’t many, MANY writers out there capable of taking the reins is sort of ridiculous. I did not map out a trilogy and then walk when the going got tough. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know me and doesn’t know the truth.”

I’m with Lindelof in that it’s a tad crazy to think that Fox believes he is the only guy that can successfully pen the script for Prometheus 2.  It’s possible that the studio and Scott are having a tough time coming up with a worthwhile story for a Prometheus sequel, but I don’t see how that’s entirely Lindelof’s fault.  Scott is currently in post-production on The Counselor and is said to be eyeing the Moses biopic Exodus as his next film, so his availability could also be an issue hindering movement on the Prometheus follow-up.

Whatever the case, I’m sure an announcement regarding an official screenwriter for the sequel will be coming sooner rather than later.  Head over to /Film to read Lindelof’s full statement.



  • Great white hype

    I don’t think Lindeloff had any idea where Prometheus was going. Thus his exit. It was a movie with a lot of questions but no real answers. Sounds familiar.

    • Sean

      Of course, it’s also not his baby. It’s Scott’s. He was brought in to re-write a script which Scott didn’t think was ready. He was hired to do a job for Scott. He did the job. And for some reason everyone blames him for the films faults and not Scott.

      • Jesus

        People blame Lindelof for the film’s faults because everything people think is wrong with the film are all the things Lindelof says he contributed to the film. The other writer, Spaights, confirmed as much saying he’d written a very straight-up hard Sci-Fi story and Lindelof was hired to come in and punch it up with existential musings and WTF twists (ie where the film falls apart).

      • Sean

        I think that makes my point. Scott hired him to add the stuff people didn’t like. Scott wanted that stuff, so Lindelof added it.

      • ScaredForMovies

        Plenty of questions will be asked. None will be answered. Maybe in the sequel though…

      • Jesus

        I don’t think it’s safe to say it was Scott who hired him per se. The changes he made are more in line with a studio decision, hiring someone known for making popular things and not particularly well-written ones.

      • head

        Everything Damon Lindelof touches turns to shit, the only reason we even know who is is because apparently according to JJ Abrams, “he gives the best blowjobs”.

  • LOL

    What writer would want to come onboard and try to fix all the plot holes that Lindelof dug? If I were Fox, I’d be worried, too, and Scott – a veteran storyteller – should’ve known better.

    • Sean

      Or Scott the veteran storyteller is also to blame. Lindelof was hired by Scott to re-write a script. He was hired to do what he was told based, and any new ideas he brought had to be ok’d by someone else.

    • tornadovictory

      scott a veteran storyteller?are you kidding me?scott used to be known for his style not for his stories, he never had a single good idea but the visuals, and for the last 30 years he´s been a very generic director, so he came from style over substance to enjoyable but forgettable could never say you watched a film by riddley scott without knowing it, damned even his brother had more style than him in the end, and we are still not talking about a story.most overrated director of them all.

      • chanandeler bong

        Generic? Are you out of your mind? The guy has made films involving alien on a spaceship film to two women on road trip to roman gladiator kicking ass to a war movie. Go to hell troll.

      • AManWithAKilt

        I love how a director will get in a slump and people start to think that none of his movies are good. Alien, Thelma and Louise, and Blade Runner are classics, Gladiator is one hell of a good movie, same with Kingdom of Heaven (the dc at least) and Black Hawk Down. I’m also quite a fan of White Squall and Legend.

      • tornadovictory

        @chanandeler bong:
        generic in his style yes.his last movie that was kind of interesting in its direction was “black rain” and that was a dumbed down version of “the yakuza”,so save your breath fanboy.
        i never said that none of his movies are good.alien and blade runner are great from a directing point (but still style over substance did you ever read “do androids dream of electric sheep?”)and that was more than 30 years are a fan of “white squall”?really??legend had a story?you must be a true fan, so stay with it.

  • tarek

    I can fix it.
    Call me on 1-666-666-6666

  • Mr. Film Fan


    • Hunter

      James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is… James Cameron.

  • Prometheus Sequel

    Shaw goes to the Engineers home planet where her and Fassbender’s head are chased by a smoke monster for three hours. They go to the centre of the planet which is contains a glowing light, it turns out everyone was in purgatory. Que credits.

    Million dollars please! [holds out hand]

    • MrNateathon

      Another moron who obviously wasn’t paying attention to the end of Lost where Christian explains to Jack that they were NOT dead the whole time.

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  • Jay

    I’m at a loss for where they can go with the story. I’m assuming the aliens’ home planet is very far away, so how many hundreds of years will go by between Prometheus and the new story? And how will Shaw run into a new band of blue-collar space workers (aka, alien food) so far from home?

    • GunsOfNavarone

      Easy, David has a tracking chip that relays his location back to Weyland Yutani. Weyland Yutani send a salvage crew out after Shaw and David, to intercept them before they land on the engineer’s homeworld, and to capture one of the engineers to return it to their weapons division. All goes awry and the mercs crash, along with Shaw and David on the Engineer’s homeworld. Upon searching their surroundings they find the fully realised weapon that the engineers have harvested, which in turn attacks the crew. The remaining engineers awaken and realise one of their own has been captured, and unleash the rest of their arsenal in full force. A fight to the death ensues between the rest of the crew, the engineers and their maturely cultivated bio-weapons.

      Obviously, that is only the bare bones of it and it’d need to be padded out here and there but that’s the way I think it should head.

      • Tarek

        And at this point, Shaw discovers a strange room. Curiosity killed the cat, she opens it, and frees the ultimate bio-weapon ever made:. Chuck Norris.

  • Lance

    They’re going to crack the sequel and it will be GREAT.

  • Northern Star

    The likeliest reason they’re having difficulties is because the whole idea of explaining what the derelict ship on LV-426 was and where it (and it’s inhabitant) came from was a bad idea to begin with… there was no valid reason to do so and no real narrative to explore; I haven’t watched ‘Prometheus’ and I won’t ever watch it, I want the mystery of the ship to remain exactly that; a mystery! Meanwhile over at FOX, the scriupt for the ’24′ movie is not only cracked, it’s FINISHED, and has been since last spring, how about getting moving on that?

    • AManWithAKilt

      Didn’t Scott say in an interview it was supposed to be on another planet, not LV-426? Either way, it’s a little confusing.

      As for “24,” that show died in the middle of the first season, imho. No desire to see a movie.

      • Steve

        You don’t have to take Scott’s word for it. The movie clearly states that the planet is LV-223, not LV-426. But that’s my problem with Prometheus. I had to watch it a second time before I caught that detail. Otherwise, it appears to be a prequel setting up how the derelict ship crashed on LV-426, but it’s a cheat. There was apparently a much earlier ship that crashed on a different planet. That’s the one that the Nostromo was sent to investigate. So why did Prometheus need a ship crashing scene at all? Because at one point (my guess) the script DID take place on LV-426, and even though they changed it, they chose to keep the crashing ship sequence. All around lazy writing. Same with all the proto face huggers and the proto xenomorph. They wanted an “Alien” movie without any real xenomorphs. But rather than go in a completely new direction and tell a straight up science fiction story, Prometheus instead stuck with sci-fi horror thrills. Cheap ones at that.

  • dogg

    I’m the biggest Alien fan ever and I don’t care. They damaged the brand that badly.
    Anyone feeling queasy about Scott revisiting Blade Runner?

    • Steve

      So AVP didn’t do it? But Prometheus did? I’m hard on Prometheus, but I think it’s going too far to claim it killed the brand. If anything it is a deeply flawed, but somewhat welcome addition to the franchise. I do agree that Scott really should stay away from trying to capitalize on his earlier films’ success. If Prometheus and The Hobbit are any indication, it’s not always a given that a master storyteller will catch lightening in a bottle when he returns to the films he made famous.

      • Jesus

        If he’s like me, he doesn’t even consider the AVP movies as part of canon. The AVP movies are in their own little stretch of continuity. However, Alien 3 and Resurrection were in the quadrilogy continuity, and those were both pretty weak. Some merits, but pretty weak otherwise. But no, Prometheus didn’t ruin the franchise, but it didn’t help it either.

  • Vinay

    They should just go back to James Cameron!

  • jetblac

    I will do it for free

  • Dominik

    So…Prometheus 2, The Counselor, Exosdus….?

    FUCK YOU RIDLEY, what happened to the Blade Runner Sequel?

  • M&M

    Couldn’t care less if they film a sequel or not.
    Oh… And Lindelof sucks.

  • tarek

    Oh shut up kids! Or I’ll call Shyamalan to script the sequel.

  • clarity

    A dozen monkeys on a dozen typewriters should do the trick.

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  • calvin crack

    i personally loved prometheus and think it’s one of the best 3d movies i’ve seen. even watching in 3d at my house rocks the shit. most movies aren’t perfect, but prometheus is better to me than most movies that hollywood poops out.

    Lindelof is a G and he can do whatever he wants. If he’d rather go make a bazillion bucks writing something more original for Disney, god bless him. as for the difficulty of writing a Prometheus follow up, ya it’s gonna be fucking hard to make that a good movie. but some people will do it, and some people will polish it. and it will be in front of cameras within the next 3 years. i don’t see how this is a legitimate news story

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