Damon Lindelof Won't Write 'Prometheus' Sequel and Explains Why
Just that headline alone is likely giving some cinephiles a sigh of relief. However, I don't think all the problems with the script for Prometheus came from Damon Lindelof. Sure, if you go read the original script that Jon Spaihts wrote (it's easy to find online), a lot was changed. But Lindelof was hired to rewrite it, so he did his job, and after that it's the fault of the producers and director Ridley Scott for not recognizing that the script might not have been up to snuff. So when it comes to the sequel, Lindelof won't be attempting to redeem himself as he flat out told Collider that he would not be writing the developing sequel. Read on!
In fact, Lindelof talked at great length about why he decided not to write the sequel:
Ridley [Scott] and I talked at great length during the story process of the first movie about what subsequent movies would be if Prometheus were to be successful. And I think that 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. So the idea was to set up a universe that… Is it 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.
So Ridley and I talked about what that other thing might be, and he was excited about doing it. But then I think what ended up happening was that the movie came out, and there was a reaction to the movie. And I got really wrapped up in ['Star Trek Into Darkness'] and really wrapped up in this movie that I’m producing and writing with Brad Bird. And I have a TV project that I was really passionate about. idley 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.
So there's no telling if Scott wanted Lindelof to takeover writing duties completely this time, but he at least talked with the filmmaker about where this new story in the Alien universe should go. And Lindelof is very much aware of the criticism he's received for Prometheus when he says, "Much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.” Frankly, I'd like to see what Lindelof could have done with the expectations being much lower now that Prometheus didn't really land the way most excited parties wanted it to in the end, but that's just me. Maybe Spaihts will write the sequel? Stay tuned.