Damon Lindelof Wouldn't Write 'Prometheus 2' Even if He Were Asked to

Damon Lindelof Wouldn't Write 'Prometheus 2' Even if He Were Asked to

Dec 21, 2012

Prometheus director Ridley Scott has been teasing fans about a sequel to the Space Jockey tale before it even hit theaters earlier this year. A lot of questions went unanswered in the sci-fi blockbuster, and Scott has indicated he'd like to bridge Prometheus and Alien, while still allowing the plot to develop into something new entirely. Writer Damon Lindelof has been uncertain about his involvement with the follow-up. Based on word we got from Collider, it sounds like the scribe just doesn't have the time to participate. He told the website:

“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.”

Like many, the script was our least favorite part of Prometheus. Scott's stunning photography and set design are incredible to behold, but you can't make a movie based on visuals alone (not one that pleases hard-core fans of the long-running franchise, anyway). We wish we could simply blame unrealistic audience expectations for the hiccups, but the gaps were too far, wide and messy. A few months ago, our friends at Film School Rejects pointed out a few places in the original script where Prometheus actually felt coherent. Head to the website if you're curious and read the full Lindelof interview over here.

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