Ridley Scott‘s going to have to find himself a new writer to (hopefully) explain all those crazy plotholes in the Prometheus sequel, because Damon Lindelof has officially taken himself out of the running.
Lindelof, who rewrote Jon Spaiht‘s original Prometheus script (which had facehuggers galore and a chestburster sex scene), told Scott that he’d be unable to commit to writing the Prometheus sequel because he has so many other projects in the works.
Ridley and I had a meeting after Prometheus came out where we started talking again about where this journey would go. And in that meeting I said to him, unfortunately, before he could ask me and go through the discomfort of whether he was going to ask me or not… It’s sort of like having a date where you’re letting the other person know, “I’m in another relationship.” So I can’t tell you that he asked me and I said no. But I did communicate to him that I was working on these other things…
I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. 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.” And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.”
That was something of a weak burn, Ridley, gotta say.
Though Lindelof won’t be writing the sequel, he still gave us a hint as to what sort of things it might entail, albeit nothing we couldn’t have guessed after Shaw and David rode off into the sunset to find some Engineers.
“The movie ended in a very specific way that hinted at, or strongly implied that there were going to be continuing adventures worthy of writing stories. What those stories would be would not necessarily usurp or transcend the Alien franchise as we saw it because we know that the Nostromo hasn’t come along yet…. Is [Prometheus] a prequel? Okay. If that’s what we want to call it, sure. But the sequel to this movie is not Alien. The sequel to this movie is this other thing.”
Whatever the sequel ends up being, Scott & co. are going to have to do some convincing to get me to see it. I won’t be burned again.