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