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Damon Lindelof is Getting 'Lost' in Ridley Scott's Alien Prequel

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July 28, 2010
Source: Deadline

Damon Lindelof

Although the series that has taken the better part of six years in Damon Lindelof's career is finally over, the writer has been ever so busy working on screenplays for two high profile projects with Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Though there's plenty of extraterrestrial life in those projects (Star Trek 2 and Cowboys and Aliens), that's not stopping Lindelof from adding even more science fiction into the mix. Deadline reports Lindelof has just closed a deal to re-write the script for Ridley Scott's highly anticipated Alien prequel, which 20th Century Fox (and everyone else) is hoping the filmmaker will take on as his next directing gig.

This probably isn't a sign that the screenplay is sloppy. After all, re-writes happen all the time to scripts by even the most talented writers. In addition, the script likely just needs to be spiced up and tightened down. It's doubtful there will be big changes to the screenplay considering the original version by Jon Spaihts was the reason Scott decided to move from only producing the prequel to also directing it. Lindelof is a writer who has an immense amount of respect for science fiction, especially when it already has a very established fanbase, and cites Alien as a big influence on his work today, so I think he'll do a great job with this script.

On top of this deal for Alien, Lindelof's meeting with Ridley Scott spawned such great discussions and ideas that apparently a concept for a completely separate stand-alone science fiction film manifested itself. That one is likely further down the road since Lindelof has quite a busy schedule, but we'll be keeping our ears to the ground for any details. In addition, we're still waiting to see if Scott will indeed make this Alien prequel his next project, or if he'll choose one of dozens other projects that he's attached to. Stay tuned for updates!

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  • Spider94
    oh no..
  • nelson
    yeah he did write that riveting wolverine origins film lol
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Ethan Anderton
    @ #2, nelson, Damon Lindelof had nothing to do with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. David Benioff and Skip Woods wrote that screenplay so I have no idea what you're talking about.
  • Kevin
    Let's hope he doesn't screw the pooch like he did with the LOST finale (Worst. Ending. Ever. If I knew it was going to go all religious at the end, I never would have invested 6 years of my life in it).
  • beavis
    oh, great - lindelof can go back to ruining movies now that he's done ruining "lost". #4 - absolutely. the first 2 seasons - some of the best TV i've ever seen...........the last 4 seasons - major suckage - with the series finale being THE WORST ending to a TV show EVER!
  • Eli
    OMG YOU GUYS STOP TALKING ABOUT LOST!!! I DIDNT FINISH IT YET! He's got talent. I love his collaboration with Abrams. If he ever wanted to do something completely original I have some ideas that he'd just chew up. Alien is something the world could do without. Is Scott directing or what? Star trek 2? I was blown away by the recent one. Don't really see the need for a second because if Abrams says he's done after that, anyone could pick it up and try to sell it after that. If Dameon is doin' Cowboys and Aliens then that's all the more reason to see it. Rockwell is the man. I wish craig weren't involved at all although I like his acting. Strange, I know.
  • hector
    I actually liked season four of Lost, mostly thanks to Kevin Durand as the villain Keamy. Badass. The last two seasons were terrible though, yeah.
  • Joe
    Hey Eli, you might feel different about the guy when you finish Lost. I'll quit talking about Lost when this guy quits getting work. After watching the last episode of Lost, the worst and most disappointing series finale ever, I will never watch anything he has written ever again. I have never hated a film/TV writer more that I hate this guy! What really makes him such a puke is the way he said that he will never even discuss the last episode of Lost. So, just go figure it out yourself, is his craptastic attitude. I will even pass on Alien if he writes it, even though I love the Alien series. @#3. He did write an Ultimate Wolverine Vs. The Hulk, a 6-issue comic book mini series for Marvel, it had a dumb ending too! He's a weasel. Blah!
  • Andy
    Behave yourselves...... Lost was the best program in history!!! Of course it had its faults in a couple of places but your not not giving the writers enough credit!
  • bozo
    Re-write? Just now? Crap. So, 2016 release date? (if it doesn't slide into development limbo) Also, if the space jockey is human - I'm walkin' right the fuck out.
  • Xerxex
    ah beavis here is where he disagree, the finale of Lost was fantastic!

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