Rumor: Prometheus sequel in trouble


Please take this rumor with a grain of salt or two. Nothing has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox or Ridley Scott yet. But writer Damon Lindelof says this rumor is false.

The Prometheus franchise seems to be in a bit of a pickle right now. A little while ago, the screenwriter for Prometheus, David Lindelof said that he was not writing the sequel. For those who expected Lindelof to continue with the Prometheus franchise, you are out of luck.

So who is the next screenwriter for Prometheus? At this point there doesn’t appear to be one at all. According to Bloody Disgusting, they report that the film is in jeopardy:

Sources close to the sequel have told Bloody Disgusting that the studio and Scott 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*. While a sequel is nearly inevitable, it definitely puts it in flux, and in a state of jeopardy.

Their article also proceeds to talk about how Lindelof was hired, altered Jon Spaihts’ original script into a trilogy, and proceeds to abandon the franchise for other writing pursuits. Basically blaming Lindelof for what is rumored to be happening with the stalled development of the Prometheus sequel. Lindelof’s response can be found below.

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Via /Film:

Taking the strong foundation that Jon Spaihts had already written, I worked on the script to this end — and yes, during that process, Ridley did occasionally riff on what he felt might happen next as Shaw and David’s Head ventured off of LV-223 in search of wherever The Engineers had come from.

After the movie came out and discussions began about a possible sequel, I was already neck deep in writing and producing TOMORROWLAND with Brad Bird. […] In the best interest of the franchise, it was best to take myself out of the running before I had to suffer the embarrassment of potentially not even being offered it.

As to whether Ridley and Fox are “freaking out” about me not working on a sequel, well that’s news to me. I retain awesome relationships with both. More importantly, the idea that there aren’t many, MANY writers out there capable of taking the reins is sort of ridiculous. 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.