It’s been about ten months since “Prometheus” was released, and its enigmatic, complex production continues to be an issue. Not only did it result in a disjointed, frustratingly ambiguous first film, but it may now be wreaking havoc on the proposed sequel.
According to Bloody-Disgusting, Fox and director Ridley Scott are currently “freaking out” over how to continue the story after screenwriter Damon Lindelof left the franchise. They’re apparently taking pitches from “basically anyone who can crack the story” of how to continue the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender’s head).
The seeds of these problems were sewn when Lindelof was originally brought on board for “Prometheus.” Whereas original screenwriter Jon Spaihts’s conceived a more traditional prequel to “Alien,” Lindelof morphed the idea into its own thing that would eventually become a trilogy.
The only problem? He didn’t exactly leave a road map when he departed from the project. As such, “Prometheus” ends with the notion that there’s more to the story, only no one is quite sure what that is at this point.
Lindelof himself has already responded to the news via Slashfilm, and he insists that the truth is actually not all that glamorous. While he admits that he and Scott did switch courses and envisioned “Prometheus” as the start of a new trilogy, he didn’t just bail on the sequel for any old reason.
Instead, he quickly found himself knee-deep in upcoming projects (like “Tomorrowland”) and felt he couldn’t give “Prometheus 2” the proper amount of focus. He believe he exited “in the best interest of the franchise,” especially since he was never guaranteed a shot to return in the first place.
The screenwriter also maintains that no one is panicking about the sequel. In fact, he doesn’t think Scott has “ever freaked out in his life.” He went on to note that he still has “awesome relationships” with the director and Fox, and he disputes the notion that “there aren’t many, MANY writers out there capable of taking the reins” of the franchise.
Slashfilm’s report also goes on to provide a lot of evidence supporting the fact that Lindelof isn’t the only person to hatch a trilogy idea (Spaihts himself discussed it as well), so it’s probably a bit premature to place all of the blame on the scribe.
However, where does this actually leave “Prometheus 2?” It’s still very much in development, and there’s likely some truth to the rumors that the studio is still taking pitches since it hasn’t attached a screenwriter. Perhaps it’s not as far along in development as previously thought, but it seems likely to happen at some point given all the recent chatter about it.