'Transcendence' Writer Hired to Script 'Prometheus' Sequel at Fox

June 17, 2013
Source: The Wrap


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.

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  • kLO
    Lets hope he makes more sense than Lindelof did.
  • Xerxexx
    ...need to see the first.
    • It's worth a watch man, it looks great, the worlds are amazing, just a cutup story that's a bit weird. Still enjoyed being back in Alien lands.
      • Linkfx
      • son_et_lumiere
        got to second Carpola's comments, @Xerxexx:disqus. the film does seem to get an inordinate amount of dislike, and it certainly seems to polarise. perhaps the expectations of a not-really-Alien-prequel were too much, and people went in with pre-conceived notions of a particular film that they then proceeded not to get. it's not perfect, but a not perfect Ridley Scott directed Alien parallel storyline beats the crap out of most of the rest of what's out there. plus, i genuinely, seriously really enjoyed it. go rent.
        • cobrazombie
          Please don't give me that "expectations were too high" crap that The Phantom Menace and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull also got after their releases. It's just a weak as piss excuse for a lousy movie with a bad script.
          • son_et_lumiere
            i didn't much like either of the ones you mentioned, both of which were also hugely anticipated, but i did like Prometheus. i liked the acting from Rapace and *especially* Fassbender, the design and cinematography, and while the script was not great it was serviceable. i liked the big themes, the mix of horror, action, science fiction and especially mystery - even Alien has unanswered questions. Prometheus worked for me, and i think 'lousy' is a bit much, but as i said, it does seem to polarise. i guess we'll have to agree to disagree! peace,
  • Salad Floggingtons
    If he can get under 600 plot holes, it will be an improvement... An improvement I will never see because Prometheus 1 was enough to make me never watch another Prometheus movie ever again. Fool me once.
    • Dominic
      ahhh all u haters are so melodramatic . It was fine for what it was ; people hate it cause the plot isn't laid out so nice and easy enough that nobody has to think . The 60-second abortion , and then her running and jumping , is the only plothole I hate . Most of the plot complaints end up easily explained ... So people acted stupid ? whaddya expect ? all horror movies need somebody stupid enough to blindly open that door . Or wake a being up , that's twice your size ....
      • son_et_lumiere
        or to have your entire squad go down to a planet you suspect may be infested with aliens and leave no one on your command ship for any unforeseen issues or backup. oh sorry, that's Aliens.
      • cobrazombie
        No, it was a dumb movie with a shitty script that anyone with a brain could see wasn't very smart. Not something only "intelligent" people could figure out.
    • Richie G
      They got my money for the last one. This movie will have to seriously step up in terms of story before I'll consider torrenting it.
  • Jon Odishaw
    At least the project is moving forward
  • thedude
    "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." That's not how the version I saw ended
    • Dominic
      then something was wrong with the copy u saw . That WAS the ending . No metal teeth of dripping acid blood . But the creature did look like a starter version of our lovable monster ... I believe the point was , it took Engineer DNA AND placental human DNA ( Noomi one-ups Sigourney by giving birth to a face-hugger ) to evolve the Alien into the creature we know . Humanity screws up again
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    I was starting to get worried... glad to see they're pushing forward.
    • Dominic
      Yes because if the 2nd and 3rd movies don't get made , the 1st won't get validated . The haters win ..
      • Isildur_of_Numenor
        The first one has a "validated" stamp on it from me. It's all that matters, don't care about the haters. I just want to see them make another because the first one was so good.
      • Jon Odishaw
        For and R rated flick it made plenty of money and lots of people, including me, love it so I don't think that's the issue.
  • Bob
    Very interesting,i hope to see next movie soon
  • Ridley
    Stop the madness. Lindeloff f'd it up. And that's that. Nothing to see here, people. Move along.
  • Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
    Of course theres gonna be plot holes and unanswered questions thats why its called a prequel trilogy when after you watch the second and 3rd film u have a much more apreciation of the first and can see it from a new better perspective. I own the blu-ray and watch it on cable all the time. I'm also a huge Alien 1,2 aqnd 3 fan.




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