There are a handful of ways you might feel about a Prometheus sequel. You hated it and want to see a hugely improved part two, or you hated it and don't want them to continue, or you hated it and don't care because you'll just avoid the next one, or you loved it and can't wait for a follow-up, or you loved it and you don't want them to continue because the one was sufficient. I'm in the last camp, as I think its open-endedness is perfectly suited for the main theme of the movie. But I understand, it's Hollywood, the first one made money, so there's a sequel in the works.
How much in the works is now an issue, however. We all thought Prometheus 2 was on the right track and running full speed, whether with an "incredible" script or just enthusiasm for finding a good story. Now it sounds more like it's stuck back at the railyard without any fuel. Bloody Disgusting reported today that "sources close to the sequel" claim director Ridley Scott and the studio (Fox) 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."
That story puts a lot of blame on Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof for supposedly having convinced Scott and Fox to turn a one-off prequel into a trilogy and then abandoning the property and its sequels. In response, Lindelof e-mailed Slashfilm to set the record straight on his end that the trilogy was not his idea nor did he screw anyone over by departing. "As to whether Ridley and Fox are 'freaking out' about me not working on a sequel, well that’s news to me," he wrote to the site. "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."
He said, she said, rumors and "telephone"... none of that stuff really matters. It's in the past or made up, whatever. What does matter is what's going to happen next, if anything at all, and if it even should. If Fox is really freaking out, chances are it should just give up on the idea. And if Scott isn't sure how to do a sequel, then he probably shouldn't do one. Forcing something is never a good idea, even if it at least seems worthwhile financially (as in, "Who cares if it sucks since they'll still come...?").
It makes sense that nobody can figure out a good idea for Prometheus 2. Anything appropriate would have to mostly be a repeat of the first. In the original the team goes in search of the origins of man, and the answers weren't there, so Shaw and android David (Michael Fassbender) -- or just his head -- are off on the next level to basically try again. It's like they got to the end level of a video game, it turned out the princess is in another castle, and they have to keep going.
Except it's not a video game for us to play. It's a convoluted thing that challenges and frustrates us, much like the study of philosophy. Perhaps the further journey of Shaw and David (and maybe Vickers, since I'm sure she's also a robot and still alive) will be entertaining, but no end point for this franchise will be satisfying. I've long been in favor of Scott treating the Prometheus trilogy like a reworking of Dante's "Divine Comedy," especially since the planet in part one is referred to as "Hell." So that's still the closest thing to a pitch I have.
If you have anything better, allegedly Scott and Fox want to hear it.
What should Ridley Scott continue the Prometheus franchise in part two?
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