‘Prometheus’ Sequel Confirmed; Lindelof May Not Return

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

 Prometheus Sequel Confirmed; Lindelof May Not Return

It would be a major understatement to say that Prometheus left a big door wide open. The film (which was (at least originally) supposed to serve as something of prequel to to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic, Alien) instead inspired more questions than answers; questions that people around the world have attempted to explain ever since the film’s release.

In that sense it was unsurprising when the possibility of a Prometheus sequel was first brought up, as a sizable gap between the quasi-prequel and the first Alien film still exists. The very existence of that aforementioned gap (which could have easily been closed with a few revisions to the Prometheus story) almost necessecitates another chapter of the tale; which is exactly what we will be getting in a few years.

THR did a rundown of how the summer 2012 tentpoles for the major movie studios did at the box office, and what the future of those franchises is (if any exists). For 20th Century Fox, the summer 2012 slate was relatively empty, and a lot of hopes rested on Prometheus being a big performer.  As it stands, Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi genre earned $300 million worldwide on a $130 million budget – which is (not great, but) good enough for Fox to move ahead with a sequel.

Fox President of Production Emma Watts – who has relaunched several key franchises with the successes of X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes - had the following to say about the future of the Prometheus brand:

“Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,”

Earlier this summer, during an interview, Ridley Scott himself assured our own Roth Cornet that he indeed has a firm grasp on the story, and where it would go next. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING RESPONSE CONTAINS PROMETHEUS SPOILERS!

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From that interview:

Screen Rant: My question is how far ahead have you thought? Or have you talked to Damon (Lindelof) about where the possibility of a sequel will go? Have you already opened those doors in terms of you already know where these answers are and it’s just a matter of making it? Or are you sort of like ‘We will think about that a little bit assuming the movie is a hit. Let’s talk later.’

Ridley Scott: “It’s a bit of each. You do a bit of each and I’ve opened the doors. I know where it’s going. I know that to keep him alive is essential and to keep her alive is essential and to go where they came from, not where I came from, is essential. That’s a pretty open door and then rather than going to that, I don’t see landing in a place that looks like paradise, that’s not how it’s going to be. There is a plan, yeah.”

SR: How important is it for you to be directly involved as a director in that?

RS: “Totally. I develop everything. I do. I learned that a long time ago. It’s never going to land on your desk, you have to come up with what you want to do with the story and I think sometimes it can take two or three years…

 Prometheus Sequel Confirmed; Lindelof May Not Return

Maybe we'll finally find out what THIS was all about...

Admittedly, hearing both Watts and Scott drop the caveat that a sequel ‘can’t be rushed’ is a bit frustrating. Many viewers signed on to see Prometheus in the expectation that they would see the story of how the dreaded Alien Xenomorphs came to be, and how those fearsome creatures landed on that faithful planet where Ellen Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo first encountered them; instead, we got a much larger mythology that only tangentially referenced the actual kernel of knowledge so many were hungry for. Hearing that there “needs” to be an extended delay to actually get the full meal will likely be frustrating to many fans beyond myself…

…Of course, what may raise some of those same fans’ hopes is an addition to the THR report, which states that while surviving Prometheus members David (Michael Fassbender) and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) are both locked in for a sequel, Damon Lindelof (who co-wrote the script with newcomer Jon Spaihts) is not as certain to return. Apparently, Fox wants the sequel out in either the 2014 or 2015 summer season – a deadline Lindelof may not be able to make, thanks to his other commitments (Star Trek 2 being a big one).

Damon Lindelof

After the controversy that sprang up from the endings to both Lost and Prometheus  - projects Lindelof had a big hand in crafting – there is a very jaded, but very vocal, demographic of cinephiles who believe the popular young writer to be something of a ‘two-act pony’ (as in, a writer who is unable to craft a satisfying third act conclusion to his often-mysterious screen stories). Given the amount of contradictions and holes that pepper the plot of Prometheus, maybe some new blood wouldn’t be a bad idea?

Look for the Prometheus Sequel sometime in either 2014 or 2015; check back to Screen Rant regularly for any updates that come to light.

Source: THR

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  1. I look forward to another film. To be sure Prometheus was a very well crafted abortion. I will not go into the obvious problems of the past flick. In the new flick I hope for less. Big budget films, Avengers etc, are boring blockbusters that make lots of money but are totally forgetable. A sequal needs to be slowed down, way down. Alien stuff is horror and suspense and you can have neither if you are on a roller coaster. Watch any horror movie, any good one, and you will note how slow most of the film is. That is what punctuates the terror and amps up the fright factor. I really hope for a better film to come. But the biggest hurdle to making an equal to Alien is that the original fans of that movie were teens when it came out and now they are grown up. You will never be able to pull this off unless you invent a time machine and have the next film open in the spring of 1979 prior to the release of the original film

    • Your comment about how fans of ALIEN were young (and therefore that magic can’t be replicated) is ridiculous. The fans of the original film ran the gamut in age-range, but even for those who saw it as youths it’s an insulting comment. Granted the film had more power at its release by virtue of its originality, and it also contains some technologically quaint moments, but it remains a wonderfully realized film with remarkable imagery, pacing, acting, and a generally believable logic of story. Same with BLADERUNNER.

      PROMETHEUS wasn’t horrible because it could never possibly compete with the fond memories of youth (quite the opposite) it was horrible because it failed on absolutely every level of film-making (excepting cinematography). I actually was a kid when ALIEN came out and it had a profound effect on me for a variety of reasons, and I wouldn’t ever expect another film to affect me in the same way, nor would I ask it to. I was rooting for PROMETHEUS and cutting it tons and tons of slack because I’m willing to allow a certain amount stumbling as long as we reach somewhere interesting. It was because of my history with RS’s previous films that I cut this one as much slack as I did. But it’s a total bomb. All there WAS was stumbling. I would prefer to watch TRANSFORMERS 2 over this. PROMETHEUS’ writing was not just occasionally inane, it was constantly inane. There weren’t some plot holes, there was nothing BUT plot holes. It didn’t build and then drop the 3rd act, every act was flat-out stupid.

      We KNOW that Ridley Scott has been capable of great films with the occasional clunker, but PROMETHEUS is not just THE shittiest film I’ve ever seen him connected with, it’s one of the shittiest films I’ve ever seen in a first-run theater (and I saw 2001′s Planet of the Apes). …And it’s heartbreaking.

      • I think that’s an overly harsh judgement on Prometheus. Sure, as a prequel to Alien it falls short, but between the massive hype and trying to live up to one of the greatest films ever made, it really never had much of a chance to meet expectations.

        If you forget for a moment that you’re watching an Alien prequel by Ridley Scott, and just take Prometheus at face value, it really isn’t all that bad. The acting is good, the cinematography is great and it certainly doesn’t lack in suspense or memorable scenes (that self-surgery bit really haunted me for a while).

        I agree that the plot is a bit convoluted and the film is a little mixed up about whether it wants to be an Alien prequel or something else entirely, but it’s nowhere near as bad as you described.

        • Bill, you say

          “I think that’s an overly harsh judgement on Prometheus. Sure, as a prequel to Alien it falls short, but between the massive hype and trying to live up to one of the greatest films ever made, it really never had much of a chance to meet expectations. If you forget for a moment that you’re watching an Alien prequel by Ridley Scott, and just take Prometheus at face value, it really isn’t all that bad. The acting is good, the cinematography is great and it certainly doesn’t lack in suspense or memorable scenes.”

          • NO. It doesn’t suck because it’s connected to ALIEN. I knew Ridley’s intention was never really to make a sequel to ALIEN anyways, so I was not expecting or hoping to ever see the creature from that seminal film and I wasn’t expecting or hoping to see any familiar faces. I WAS hoping there’d be an interesting story with cool ideas and likely a few scares, and I WAS hoping for another enjoyable film like Ridley has produced numerous times before. My expectations were for QUALITY. Unfortunately, the ENTIRE story — all of it from start to finish — was awful; There were NO cool ideas of any sort in the entire film; Since nothing anybody did made a lick of sense nothing that happened to them was scary. This has NOTHING to do with some slanted expectations because it was attached to ALIEN, it has to do with expectations that it would be a good or great film since Ridley’s previous films have been sometimes good and often great.

          • Okay, yes. I will concur that there were some good actors and that they did what they could with what they had. The acting WAS passable, but the dialogue was INANE therefore any good acting was effectively defused. Who cares if something is said believably when WHAT they’re saying is clearly the result of garbage writing and not the result of actual people responding to actual events. Maybe I would believe the actor, but what they’re saying is contextually at-odds with reality and with other parts of the film, therefore I can’t believe the character.

          • There was zero suspense because the story was COMPLETE and utter garbage, from the goofy interpretation of cave markings to the running in the same direction as the giant ship is rolling, the ENTIRE film is just laughably dumb. The film has plenty of memorable scenes — not because they were interesting or suspenseful — but because they are lacking in any logic and are impossibly insulting to the viewer. When I stretch my mind to come up with a comparably stupid film, BATTLEFIELD EARTH appears.

          “(that self-surgery bit really haunted me for a while).”

          • One visceral scene does not equal good film. The reasoning behind how she came to have that surgery in the first place, the notion that the machine would not be compatible with the female anatomy, and how that surgery consequently has no bearing on anyones actions and doesn’t affect her ability to leap around the broken ship… That island of a scene is washed over by the ocean of nonsense that swells about it.

          “I agree that the plot is a bit convoluted and the film is a little mixed up about whether it wants to be an Alien prequel or something else entirely, but it’s nowhere near as bad as you described.”

          • The plot is not “a bit” convoluted, it is COMPLETELY convoluted. There is no scene in the ENTIRE film that you can argue makes any sense at all. It is a magically stupid film in the clothing of something profound. What appears to have happened is that Ridley has taken an overarching religiously-oriented concept and forced an utterly unbelievable and insane story into that large concept.

          • This film is EXACTLY as bad as I describe. Now, it’s true that there’s a subjective nature to declaring a piece of work to be good or bad, but there’s also an objective nature in describing the peaks and valleys of a film. Some people might love Justin Beiber’s music, whilst some might effectively describe why it’s less impressive than most other music out there. PROMETHEUS can be objectively described as a bad film.

          • Trying to argue that critics of this film just had unreasonably high expectations and are simply unable to enjoy a somewhat flawed film on it’s own merits, is just incorrect. And I do not care if you liked PROMETHEUS. You see? It’s FINE by me if you did. It’s fine by me if you like soul food or rye toast or orange automobiles. Great. Enjoy them. It is not my business and not my care. But when you try to argue that the reason I found this film to be brutally daft has to do with some errant perspective on my part, well… My perspective is one of intelligence, taste, and an appreciation for a good story well-told. It’s entirely possible you have some other perspective, and that’s why you liked such a piece of garbage. Enjoy.

          • I really liked the film and have watched it several times. Can’t wait for the sequel.

          • It was at least 10 times better than Alien Resurrection and that is a fact! Better than both those AVP films as well. My biggest complaint other than the issues with the flow of the story is casting Guy Pearce to play old man Weyland. He did a great job acting the part, but it looked retarded. No amount of oldman makeup can hide how fake that looked. I personally thought Ridley Scott did a pretty good job tying the engineers from the original into this storyline and some of the scenes were just haunting and nightmarish. While the movie has it’s share of issues, I’m not complaining too much because we haven’t seen a decent Alien film since 1992 when Alien 3 came out and even that one was a disapointment on many levels which means one could argue we haven’t seen a good one since Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens. I respect everyones opinion, but for me, the movie was pretty solid even though it definitely was flawed. I liked it overall.

  2. Horror has advanced and morphed into a fast paced in your face gotcha. Nothing scares you like sudden shock. Deer in the head lights so to speak affect. I really hope that the new movie is not just about the weaponized animal alien, and the writers have the foresight to see that this is an opportunity to make this movie about discovery and direction and warn us a little about what man can inflict on itself if we’re not careful.

  3. Please bring it in 2014 as my son and I both watched this together and just as the movie ended we were wanting a sequel 1&2 and more if they can keep the action as well as it was in the original. Bring it on!!!

  4. I thought promethuous was a great movie with the hint of where did we come from and why. Can’t wait till the next one comes out. It’s been to long already. Ridley Scott dis a great job and so did the writers. People want to criticize, but ask yourself; how many movies have.you made with a budget that can feed a country and the stresses of a studio looking over your shoulder and producers and ya da yards yada. So I am grateful for the content and please keep it coming. Just don’t raise the prices to high or I will have to wait for the video. It’s prophane To Have To Pay 59 Bucks Just To See A Movie And Buy Popcorn

    • @ chad — I’m glad you enjoyed it. Many people did, so you have plenty of company. However my experience wouldn’t have been worse if RIdley had shat in a can and tied it with string to my face, in fact that’s what it felt like. Your challenge that I haven’t made a film with this sort of budget is uninformed, but moreso it’s just ridiculous. For all you know I’ve made numerous big budget flix, but whether I have or haven’t doesn’t really have any bearing on whether my criticisms of this film are valid. As it turns out, I do have a deep history with — and appreciation for — solid storytelling and film crafting and it’s painful when any film falters. The fact that he had a large budget to work with only underscores the fact that the film is entirely free of any logical thread and that — despite the enormous budget — it just falls flat.

      ( By the way, please Google the usage of “to” and “too”.)

      • I quite enjoyed the movie. Chill dude, it is just a movie.

      • The problem here is entirely not with the movie.

        It begins & ends with the horribly & completely flawed poster.

        Everyone, just step away from the wreck, kids cover your eyes & ears & simply turn away from the abomination. Barf bags are being rushed to you immediately.

        Just remember; this too, shall pass.

  5. According to Scott, there are actually two “Prometheus” sequels in the works, meaning that this is going to end up as a trilogy, God help us all. I think they should dump any writers associated with the first one because they left plot holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through and failed to give us a satisfactory third act closure because every installment of a film series should be able to stand on its own, and the first Prometheus was a mess (plus I think I’m still resentful about the nonsense they pulled with “Lost”). Also, Scott said quite openly that the second and third installments were going to deal with the origins of man, so if he’s going to open that door, he needs somebody who can write a coherent, even if complicated, story, with a solid narrative arc. I’m not sure Lindelof is the right guy for that job.

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