‘Prometheus 2’ Loses Damon Lindelof; the Writer Explains His Reasons for Leaving

The ‘Prometheus’ writer says he is ’creatively single-minded’, meaning he cannot work on more than one project at a time.

Damon Lindelof will not write the Prometheus 2 script
Damon Lindelof will not write the Prometheus 2 script
Back in August, 20th Century Fox confirmed they are developing Prometheus 2 for a 2014 or 2015 release. That story indicated screenwriter Damon Lindelof may not be able to write the script for this Prometheus follow-up. Today, the writer himself confirmed that he will not be a part of Prometheus 2.

"I am not. 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. Ridley 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."

He also revealed that he is very "single-minded" when it comes to his creative process, which factored into his decision not to take on Prometheus 2.

"The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it - from the ground up this time - with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, 'Well that's probably going to be two years of my life.' I can't do what J.J. Abrams does. I don't have the capability. I'm usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, 'I really don't think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don't know when the other stuff is going to be done.' And he was like, 'Well, okay, it's not like I asked you anyways.' He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don't see myself being involved in Prometheus,-er."

20th Century Fox is currently seeking writers for this highly-anticipated sequel, which has Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender attached to star.

Prometheus 2 comes to theaters March 4th, 2016 and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.

Sources: Collider

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  1. Robinson Londoño Marroquin


    2 years agoby @Robinson-Londoo-MarroquinFlag

  2. Geekster

    ...love you Lindelof

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  3. Geekster

    ...us fanboys.....

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  4. Geekster

    much to our delight dude your writing skills are the f*cking bomb.....

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  5. Sadfjlfdo24

    It is for the best. The script was a work of a child - a pathetic, even laughable, attempt at writing a Sci-Fi movie. By far the only thing that worked in this movie is casting, acting, and special effects. Everything else had that hue of 'pathetic' written all over it, like Lost, but then again this 'writer' had something to do with it too.

    2 years agoby @sadfjlfdo24Flag

  6. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    I'm sure the movie will still be great.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  7. moviemouse

    @justatadmatt@justice Kowaleski i cant seem to get the script running on my computer i think needs an update check if the link works on yours http://www.prometheusforum.net/Alien-Engineers.pdf IF THIS DOSENT WORK HERE IS A COMPARISON OF BOTH SCRIPTS http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3202996/script-to-scream-would-alien-engineers-have-been-a-better-movie-than-prometheus/

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  8. Justice Kowaleski

    @moviemouse please send me the link as well,

    2 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  9. justatadmatt

    @moviemouse@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx i understand what you guys are saying. i was just curious because it seemed strange to just place the blame on him without further explanation. Thanks for clarifying. And yeah, if you have the link to the script, I would love to read it. Thanks!

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  10. ejk1


    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. Nicholaus XX

    @justatadmatt -- Because the script, in it's own terms, couldn't have been any worse. The most obvious choices were neglected, and shown in a laughable light. It was cliched, and misleading(for the general public; not me). And Damon has a reputation of asking questions, and not giving any answers.

    So, there's that.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  12. Dan

    I'm fine with this.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. moviemouse

    @justatadmatt the script was leaked online titled alien:engineers i couldent brig myself to read it all but a webpage spoke about all the differences betweeen both scripts and it sounds alot better and more of a direct prequel do u want a link?

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  14. ROFLitschristian

    Kind of sucks. I highly enjoyed the first one, because the trip itself was just too exciting. But I'll agree, the story with its many flaw was no where near perfection. Hopefully, they'll find the "write" person for the job. ;P

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  15. justatadmatt

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx@moviemouse how can you make that judgment? have you read the original script?

    yes. there were definite plot holes and whatnot in prometheus, but who is to say lindelof made it WORSE? he could have made it 10x better for all we know...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  16. WongFu

    I enjoyed the first film and I saw flaws in it. However I personally think it could be handled so much better.
    In my mind the Aliens were not made by the Engineers another race did that.
    He used to be one of my favorite directors and the films he's bringing out now are awful.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  17. Josh

    Disappointing, as I loved his work on the first film. But I also think the story has been conceived and it's in good hands with Ridley Scott.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  18. Nicholaus XX

    Thanks the heavens. Today's a good day.

    @moviemouse -- I strongly agree.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  19. the MovieGhost

    At least it wasn't an overly protracted affair. Looking forward to whoever picks it up.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  20. Mwheeler1324

    Hmmmm......... Read between the lines people? There is more to this then we see.

    2 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  21. moviemouse

    if he left the original script alone we probably would have had a much better film than Prometheus

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus


    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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