Damon Lindelof

The end of Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus is just the beginning of a new story. As Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) flies up into space it’s obvious that the prequel (of sorts) to Alien has more ground to cover. Some of the film’s questions were answered by the time the credits rolled, but many were not. The unresolved story points became a topic in criticisms levied at the film.

Further answers seem likely to come in the form of a sequel. While Prometheus wasn’t the gargantuan blockbuster many thought it would be, the director, screenwriter, and star all confirmed a follow-up has long been discussed and is currently in-development. That’s where things have sat for the past few months.

Now a report says Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are “freaking out” trying to figure out how to continue the franchise. They’re reportedly ”taking pitches from basically anyone who can crack the story,” and blame for the problems is placed squarely on the shoulders of screenwriter Damon Lindelof. The report says Lindelof came on board, altered Jon Spaihts‘ original script from a one-shot to a trilogy and then abandoned the franchise to work on Star Trek Into Darkness and Tomorrowland.

I asked Lindelof about this accusation on Twitter, and he responded with a long e-mail. You can read that below, along with a few other thoughts. Read More »

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One of 2012′s most bickered about films was Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. We started the year debating whether or not it was an Alien film. By the time we saw the movie we debated if it was good or not. Now that it’s on Blu-ray, we’re debating if it’s worth revisiting. Two people who certainly think it is are director Ridley Scott and star Noomi Rapace.

Doing interviews for her latest film, Dead Man Down, Rapace confirmed she recently met with Scott to discuss a sequel and that ideas are being formed. She would not say who would be writing it (not Damon Lindelof, we know) but had some strong thoughts on where she’d like it to go thematically. Read her quotes below. Read More »

Despite the criticism Damon Lindelof received in geek circles after the release of Prometheus, the screenwriter remains in high in demand. So much so, in fact, that he’s not returning for Prometheus 2. This is obviously good news for moviegoers still pissed at Lindelof, who can now look forward to a sequel without its influence. Meanwhile, at least his loyal fans can take comfort in knowing he has lots of other projects on his plate. Read his explanation after the jump.

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The fate of a Prometheus sequel is likely being decided as we speak…on Blu-ray shelves nationwide. Ridley Scott‘s return to the Alien universe just came out on Blu-ray after its slightly disappointing U.S box office, grossing just over $126 million. When combined with its international take, though, the film was a moderate hit, grossing just over $400 million. That’s not a number that guarantees a follow up but the movie has generated a ton of discussion and a strong showing in the home market would surely help the sequel’s case immensely.

Scott recently spoke about that potential film and made it sound like a Blade Runner sequel was more certain than a second trip on the Prometheus, saying that the sequel to the 1982 classic was definitely “happening.” Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

Even before the release of Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, which acts as a (rather distant) prequel to his 1979 film Alien, we’ve known the director and his screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof had ideas for a sequel. Indeed, the end of Prometheus, not to give anything away, is open enough to a sequel that Scott could pick up the story pretty easily.

And, yes, there is still interest in that project at Fox and from Scott, but scheduling issues mean that key player Lindelof may not take part. A bit more on that, along with a rundown on sequel possibilities at other studios, is below. Read More »

Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview director Ridley Scott about his upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus.

We talk about the evolution of technology, teleportation, going from models to CG, how Prometheus evolved from his unanswered questions in Alien, his facination with Artifical Intelligence, the film’s original title Alien: Paradise, the creator-creation dynamic, his decision to build huge sets and not to rely on CG, the film’s viral advertising, working with Charlize Theron, where a Prometheus sequel could lead, writing a book vs. writing a screenplay, updates on all the projects he’s been atteched to, and more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made the one real spoiler invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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Ridley Scott develops a lot of films. Or, more specifically, he is far more hands-on in developing films than many other directors. As a former art director and a capable designer, he is intimately involved in all stages of development: breaking the story, fashioning the script, and creating the world as it is both depicted and implied by the film in question. Or, as he recently said, “I develop everything. I do. I learned that a long time ago. It’s never going to land on your desk, you have to come up with what you want to do.” Doing all that takes a while, and so he’s got many things on his plate.

For some time Scott was attached to a film version of the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian, and he’s now prepping to make The Counselor, another McCarthy-penned story. But The Counselor evidently hasn’t scratched his itch to make a full-on western.

In the same interview referenced above, Scott said that after years of working he’s finally got a western story ready to go. He also talked about developments on Monopoly, Brave New World, announced back in 2009, and why his film Tripoli never happened. Read More »

After years away from sci-fi, director Ridley Scott is returning to the genre in a big way this summer with Prometheus, and he aims to stick around for a while. Scott already has hopes of working on Prometheus 2 sooner rather than later, and is currently in the middle of developing some kind of sequel to Blade Runner. Also after the jump:

  • Check out some gorgeous Prometheus concept art
  • Iron Man 3 filming at the Cape Fear Club in North Carolina
  • Will Catching Fire leave North Carolina for Georgia?
  • Still more specifics on Grown Ups 2 filming in Marblehead, MA
  • Watch some behind-the-scenes footage from Piranha 3DD
  • See how award-winning artist Rick Baker makes an MIB3 alien

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