Much of the disappointment surrounding this summer’s Prometheus wound up centering on the Alien sorta-prequel’s co-screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, who was already a geek punching-bag for the curious crime of co-creating one of the most popular geek-themed TV shows ever and then failing to deliver a perfect ending. Lindelof has always been a good sport about the negative fandom. In an interview with Collider, the writer-producer genially explains: “Much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.” Which is to say: Lindelof is no longer involved in the vaguely-planned but heavily-hinted-at sequel to Prometheus. After noting that he has been working on next year’s Star Trek sequel, a new TV show, and the mysterious 1952 project (a collaboration between Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen, with Brad Bird currently slated to direct), Lindelof explains:
“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 [Ridley Scott], ‘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.”
A representative for Twentieth Century Fox confirms that Lindelof is not currently involved in a Prometheus sequel. Even putting aside the furor over his involvement, it’s understandable that Lindelof would want to move onto a different project. This past summer, at Zachary Levi’s Comic-Con sideshow Nerd HQ, Lindelof compared his role in Prometheus to that of a sous-chef, explaining that he translated Ridley Scott’s vision while rewriting the original script by Jon Spaihts, and expressed his hope to work on his own material going forward.
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