'Transcendence' Writer Hired to Script 'Prometheus' Sequel at Fox
It's been just over a year since Prometheus hit the big screen last year, and the divisive Alien prequel from director Ridley Scott has a sequel that is finally making some progress. The Wrap reports that 20th Century Fox has just hired Jack Paglen to write Prometheus 2, though no details about where he will take the story are revealed. If Paglen's name doesn't sound familiar, that's because he's a relatively new writer on the scene. But you'll become familiar with his work soon enough since he wrote Transcendence, the sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp that will mark the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister.
At the end of the first film, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) was flying off into space, with a dismembered android David (Michael Fassbender) in search of more information about the Engineers who were poised to destroy Earth after being the architects of the humanity itself on our planet. But the real end of the film came when an alien creature burst out of the engineer's chest, showing the origins of the monsters who came to haunt Sigourney Weaver in Alien and the sequels that followed. It's not clear how quickly Fox wants to assemble the film, especially since Scott is supposed to be working on a Blade Runner sequel (which also just hired a writer). Stay tuned for any further developments.