Damon Lindelof Explains Why He is Not Writing the ‘Prometheus’ Sequel

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prometheus dl 4 Damon Lindelof Explains Why He is Not Writing the Prometheus Sequel

There are few writers in Hollywood who receive as much attention, respect and admiration as onscreen actors. After serving as the head writer on ABC’s LOST for six years, Damon Lindelof (love him or hate him) became such a writer.

After writing and co-writing several high-profile films in recent years, including one of the most talked about films of 2012, Prometheus, Lindelof was the obvious choice to develop the script for the upcoming sequel. However, a few months ago we learned that he may not be available for such an undertaking and now that rumor has been confirmed.

Lindelof recently told Collider that he will not be penning the script for the film’s sequel, explaining that although Ridley Scott did not officially offer him the job, he told Scott during a meeting that the time commitment required would prevent him from re-teaming with the director.

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.

Considering all the other major projects Lindelof is already currently developing, one can understand, at least a little better, where he is coming from.

…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. …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.”

Star Trek Into Darkness Fan Damon Lindelof Explains Why He is Not Writing the Prometheus Sequel

Most Lindelof fans will probably be disappointed that he will not continue with the Alien-universe storyline, which seems to be growing into a franchise all its own. Of course, many fans who were frustrated by the lack of concrete Alien setups and some especially head scratching moments will probably be relieved to hear Lindelof is out.

Either way, Lindelof’s star is still on the rise and he will assuredly be involved with plenty of big films in the near future. You could argue that with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17, 2013, which he co-wrote, his most notable work to date is just around the corner. If you want a taste of that action, check out the Star Trek 2 teaser trailer.

As for the Prometheus sequel, I’m sure a project of that magnitude will find another suitable and equally accomplished writer to develop the script. And considering how successful the first one was and how many questions were left unanswered, there will certainly be plenty to look forward to when that film is released as well.

There is currently no release date for the Prometheus sequel.

Source: Collider

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  1. Mr. lindeloff or however you spell your last name….

    I thank you for Lost, because I now will never watch a show until its done airing so as to save myself a lot of heartache and anger after realizing you wasted years of my life….

    Screw you for the ending church-scene……

    • The ending to Lost was so bad it spoiled my enjoyment of the entire series.

      • Apparently he has the impressive skill to ruin something from either end.


  2. If you don’t get the ending of Lost you’re not trying, the church scene is everyone entering the afterlife from limbo after everyone died at different time sin the realm of existence sometimes you just have to use your imagination and not always look for a a complete plausible scientific explaination its science FICTION for sake.

    • I totally understood the ending, I just thought it was incredibly weak.

    • Sometimes you have to use more punctuation so your sentences aren’t long and convoluted. Like Damon’s storylines.

  3. “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I become a good writer. And I don’t know when that is going to be done.”

  4. sounds like a good opportunity for an unknown script writer to come up with a kick ass script and pitch it to the heavies.

  5. DON’T make a sequel to prometheus. There. Problem solved. Taking the coolest alien ever designed, and making it part of some hippy, new-age human origin story is the dumbest thing anybody has ever done to ruin a franchise. Maybe, in the sequel, the aliens will be fighting over mystical healing energy crystals in teotihuacan. Then, after that, we can learn that the engineers were summoned to earth by druids, using the mystical ley-line energy that flows through stonehenge. PLEASE don’t make another one unless we learn the entire first movie was just a bad dream.

  6. THAT’S GREAT NEWS, because I loved the ideas taking place in Prometheus, kudos to Ridley Scott once again, but I agree the script was poor.

  7. Thank God. Not only did Lindelof write one of the stupidest scripts ever in Prometheus, not only did his Sh*t on one of the best sci fi/horror films of all time, but he took a very good script from Jon Spaihts and turned it into a nonsensical mess. What a hack.

  8. how nice of lindelof to refuse a job he wasnt offered.

    he’s probably doing it because he realized that he wouldn’t be offered it anyways.

    also lost sucked after season2. they did not know WHAT they were doing on that show. truly sad waste of good actors.

  9. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but if you nitpick at every little thing and critique and critique then you dnt even allow yourself to enjoy the film. Lets not forget the alien is an adaptive creature whom can spawn in just about any form depending on the host. With that ability alone the alien has a rare opportunity to be placed in just ABOUT any place and time as long as it has transpo I.e. predators maybe. It doesnt have to tie directly into the prior alien movies at all. Its uniqueness as the creature it is gives the writer free roaming almost. Heck they could put one in a dinosaur if they wanted. All im saying is dang people just try to enjoy a movie and give YOURSELVES a little enjoyment.