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."
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.