Worry not, “Alien” fans: Damon Lindelof won’t be writing the sequel to “Prometheus” — and it’s not just because “Prometheus'” script was terrible. He explained during a new interview why he won’t be returning to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi universe.
“The thing about ‘Prometheus’ was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it,” he told Collider. “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.’
He continued, “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.'”
Considering the “Prometheus” screenplay was a mess (seriously, there are more plot holes than plot points in that movie), we aren’t too heartbroken about this. The real question is who Scott will turn to as screenwriter for the film. Hopefully whoever gets the gig doesn’t have to trade off writing duties with someone else like Spaihts and Lindelof did — and they actually make a coherent film.