Prometheus 2 Can Find A New Writer, As Long As They Don’t Replace Michael Fassbender’s Head
To its credit, this year's most-hyped sci-fi film Prometheus kept us talking after the credits. But we were mostly complaining about how the characters were shallow, the reveals were convoluted, and the connections to the iconic Alien series seemed more like afterthoughts than anything else. But there will most likely be a sequel, especially because people want to see this movie actually achieve what it set out to do. Plus, the ending was just so bizarre that you kinda have to know what happens next.
Anyone who hasn't seen the movie, beware of the spoilers I'm about to drop. So, when we last left Prometheus, Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) was the sole human survivor, but because she was understandably pissed off at the Engineers for fucking over the human race, she gathered up the android David's (Michael Fassbender) severed head and took off in the remaining spaceship to the Engineers' homeworld to give them a piece of her mind. Yeah, it sounds like the set-up for a wacky buddy comedy in space… but we're intrigued.
In its roundup of what to expect for this summer's blockbuster franchises, The Hollywood Reporter said that Fox is probably gonna go forward with Prometheus 2 sooner rather than later, and that they won't necessarily keep the same screenwriter. That's not surprising, since the script was the most problematic part: Initially, Jon Spaihts pitched and wrote a direct prequel to Alien that was intended to bridge the two movies. While director Ridley Scott seemed to approve, after the first draft was submitted he turned around and hired Lost‘s Damon Lindelof to rewrite it. But as we know, a lot of moviegoers and fans expecting the movie to tie in directly to the beginning of Alien were sorely disappointed.
According to THR, Lindelof may be too busy with other projects to commit to Prometheus 2. The next two projects his IMDb page lists — the Star Trek sequel and World War Z — are both in post-production, so it's unclear where his hands are tied. Fox's president of production stressed that they really want to be careful with how they go about it: “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can't rush it.”
According to Wikipedia (so take it with an Engineer-sized grain of salt), Lindelof's plan of Prometheus running parallel to Alien included a pitch for how a sequel could work. We don't know anything else, but I was struck by this quote he gave SFX in defending why he decided to not bridge the two movies: “”If the ending to [Prometheus] is just going to be the room that John Hurt walks into that's full of [alien] eggs [in Alien], there's nothing interesting in that, because we know where it's going to end. Good stories, you don't know where they're going to end.” Yeah, with that last shot of Shaw and David's head, we definitely didn't know what to think next.
For what it's worth, Lindelof seems to be a good sport about potentially not being involved with the sequel. Yesterday he tweeted,
Why in God's name would I be involved when there are ideas as awesome as THIS out there?!?
He linked out to a Topless Robot article joking that Prometheus 2 should just be “Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender's head have to race across the galaxy, chased by a Xenomorph wearing a '70s cop outfit and a pencil-thin mustache.” Yeah, we'd watch something campy as hell. Maybe that could improve upon our issues with Prometheus itself.