Damon Lindelof Reveals ‘Prometheus’ Plot Details

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Despite swirling rumors, teaser footage descriptions, and two official studio synopses, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is still shrouded in secrecy, especially with regard to the plot and what connections it has to the Alien franchise.

As one of the creators of Lost, writer Damon Lindelof has a lot of experience keeping secrets. Which is why it came as a bit of a surprise to hear that he had disclosed so many details of Prometheus to the MTV Movies Blog.

On developing Prometheus with Ridley Scott, Damon Lindelof said:

“Having done ‘Lost’ for six years, I felt this tremendous responsibility because I’m one of the visionaries behind the show, so there’s no safety net below you. When I got the call [from Ridley] I had this tremendous amount of relief and comfort that Ridley Scott is going to be the safety net. What ensued was a series of conversations where I was kind of interviewing Ridley to get a sense of the movie he wanted to make. Once I got a sense of that, then it was really about channeling that idea so that I was realizing his vision, as opposed to imposing my vision on it. That was my perspective. His perspective was more kind and generous in terms of ideas that I brought to the movie. But really everything I was coming up with was just a different spin on what he was saying to me.”

Hmm – it’s unclear how being “one of the visionaries” behind Lost means Lindelof doesn’t have a safety net, especially considering he could probably always call up one of the other visionaries – J.J. Abrams – and get a co-producing or co-writing job, a la Star Trek and its sequel.

On Michael Fassbender’s role as an android:

“He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of ‘Blade Runner‘ is, ‘What does the movie look like from the robot’s point of view?’ If you were to ask him, ‘What do you think about all of this? What’s going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?,’ wouldn’t it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions. When you cast a guy like Fassbender, who’s going to bring a lot more to it than [makes clichéd robot movements] — that was me doing the robot, I don’t know if you could tell — it’s not Anthony Daniels. All due respect. He’s phenomenal. But C-P3O…”

On Charlize Theron’s role as an employee of a mysterious corporation:

“Her character’s name is Meredith Vickers and she’s sort of a corporate entity. That’s another one of the familiar things from the ‘Alien’ movies — that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It’s a remix …. I don’t think she’s slimy [like Paul Reiser’s character in ‘Aliens’]. She’s not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, ‘What company is she a face of?,’ I think is a big part of the fun. As we were developing the script, she had some really cool ideas that made it not the suit you’re used to.”

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On the importance of an ensemble cast, carried over from the original Alien:

“I think one of the really cool things about the first ‘Alien,’ if you watch it cold, Ripley is kind in the background like one of the crew members, and you’re like, ‘Skerrit’s [who played Captain Dallas] the hero of the movie,’ and he’s one of the first to go. And then you’re like, ‘It’s [the engineer played by] Harry Dean Stanton.’ And, no, he’s gone… and suddenly Sigourney Weaver, in the last 40 minutes of the movie, is the only one left alive. I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, ‘Who’s going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not,’ [that’s] part of the fun of what we set out to do.”

Since this isn’t the first semi-big Prometheus news piece so far this week – the other being the second official synopsis that was released on Tuesday — might 20th Century Fox be gearing up for a teaser trailer release sometime soon? After all, the San Diego Comic-Con footage received rave reviews from the all who saw it, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to garner more goodwill by showing it to the rest of us.

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Prometheus hits theaters June 8th, 2012.

Source:  MTV Movies Blog

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  1. I watched Lost and I can say that it was the waste of six years of my life.

    The ending was like a middle finger to the audience, that’s what I believe.

    I don’t why Ridley Scott choses Lindelof but still I hope Prometheus scares the crap out of the audience.

    If this is a prequel then looking at how huge the cast is, I think the film might be 2 hours.

    Maybe one of the crew memebers survive like maybe Noomi, no knows.

    • I got to defend my show here. You are entitled to your opinion but I thought Lost was the best thing on TV ever. And I still hold to that to this day. Never will a show draw in that many viewers and keep them interested for that long. I enjoyed the end. I like the fact that some of the mysteries of Lost were left up to my imagination. It was pure genious.

      Lindelof is one of the best, thats why he was chosen.

      • The ending nearly ruined the full show
        That’s not to say it was Lindof’s decision
        Still it was totally cack
        Hope Prometheus is better than the last 2 Alien films

      • “Lindelof is one of the best, thats why he was chosen.”

        Tell that to Cowboys and Aliens.

        Lindelof is good at keeping a secret (LOST) because he had no clue what was going on. You cant spill the beans on something you are clueless about.

      • except for terra nova dethroning it 😛

        • Dethroning it how? I think Terra Nova is total weaksauce based on the first episode, while the first episode of Lost grabbed you by the short hairs and didn’t let go.


          • Yes but Vic if you take the grab for what it was worth overall, it in itself, was very weak.

            (havent watched TN yet have it saved, which means I need to record tonights also)

  2. Lost had it’s weaknesses, but overall it somehow kept me watching it. Then again, I waited till it was over and watched the discs, some weekends I watched episode from morning till night until I finished the whole series. I dont know if I would have been that enthralled to keep watching it like the normal viewing audience did during it’s course.

    (Deadwood was my all time favorite, but Im not going to even go there.)

    From what Im hearing so far about this new Alien movie, it sounds fresh and not a run of the mill prequel/sequel.

    What sucks now is the waiting time. Next summer – sigh.

    • Deadwood was such an awesome show….wish they could have had a 4th season

  3. Alpine, I respect your opinion but for me, it did got me excited, give chills and a little bit of scares but still the way the show ended for me was just too wrong.

    All the characters were already dead at the start was the big worse thing of the ending.

    Lost should had with some of the survivors gettting out of the island alive along with Jack.

    I just hope Ridley Scott pick Lindelof for the right reason and Lindelof does a great job with the script.

    • Not sure if I understand your comment, but I’m assuming that you believe that they were all dead the entire time. If so, you understanding of the Lost’s ending is not accurate at all.

      • He may mean at the start of the season, which is a fair statement when you consider the flash sideways.

  4. The safety net he’s talking about is being responsible for the creative direction – not a fallback job.

  5. I still haven’t decided if I’m on board for this yet…

  6. Lost is by far the best show ever, bar the last 15 minutes of the last episode. But with hindsight I can forgive the ending and take into account just how utterly brilliant the journey was.

    Second best TV show ever… Breaking bad, then maybe The Wire or Dexter

    Randomly, who remembers Eerie Indiana? that was good. And while im on the guilty pleasure side of things- a bit of supernatural. Damn it, I even watched Smallville right up to the end and atleast 90% of that was utter crap.

  7. Once i get to see this film I’ve seen everything.

  8. Um… Isn’t this topic supposed to about Prometheus? Why is Lost being discussed? Yeah, the guy co-wrote Lost, BUT this is not Lost!