Interview: 'Prometheus'/Sci-Fi Writers Damon Lindelof & Jon Spaihts
by Alex Billington
June 11, 2012
"There’s a cult of existing intellectual property in town." To put a final wrap on our Prometheus coverage, I am presenting our interview with the film's co-writers, Damon Lindelof (of "Lost", Star Trek) and Jon Spaihts. We've spoken with Spaihts before, including a focus on world building and his favorite android characters, now it's time to get into the grittier details of Prometheus with both of them. I didn't go into this looking to answer all of the questions the movie brought up, but I did ask them as many questions about writing it as I possibly could. We cover everything from Ridley to the Alien franchise to characters. Dive in!
I've been considerably anxious/excited to talk with these two, as they are individually (and separately) the two writers who envisioned and crafted Prometheus for Ridley Scott to direct (read or watch my interview with Ridley here). The questions I asked in Part 1 are very open starting questions related to Prometheus: why did it take so long for Fox to make this, how did each of them contribute to the screenplay, how did they balance asking more questions, etc. Part 2, I ask about how to make sci-fi thrilling and where the genre can go from here. It's a fascinating discussion and enlightening to listen to them talk for 20 minutes about sci-fi.
Watch my first segment, Part 1, with Prometheus writers Damon Lindelof (left) & Jon Spaihts (right):
Watch my second interview segment, Part 2, with Prometheus writers Damon Lindelof & Jon Spaihts:
Both of these were shot on my Flip, apologies for the background noise and framing. They're mostly spoiler free. A big thank you to Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts and 20th Century Fox for this fantastic opportunity. While the debates on Prometheus have risen to a boiling point rather quickly, this interview was conducted before its release, before I had time to observe the discussions. I was interested in talking with these guys about various science fiction storytelling elements, how they played into Prometheus specifically, how they were able to use these to craft this screenplay. Most of all, I was happy to openly discuss science fiction with these two, and hear them talk about everything that goes into writing big-scale Hollywood sci-fi scripts.
Ridley Scott's Prometheus, his first science fiction since Blade Runner in 1982, finally arrived in US theaters June 8th. Read our interviews with Ridley Scott & Michael Fassbender. Once you see it, Sound Off!
The full transcription of my interview with Damon Lindelof & Jon Spaihts will be added here.
Don't worry, it's still coming soon. Stay tuned!