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Lindelof Won’t Write Prometheus 2

Collider recently spoke to Damon Lindelof, writer of Prometheus, at a Star Trek Into Darkness press event where he said he would not be writing the sequel:

““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.”

I’m sure this will please many as Damon Lindelof is often held responsible for some of the failings of the film. For the full interview click here.



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  1. fiveways
    No? Damn, I thought that was clever. :P

    I liked it Chris, I liked it!

    I've said it before, I'll say it again, I think Lindelof is great as an IDEAS man. But as a writer he is poor on the character/dialogue/plotting front.

    The character of David that most seemed to enjoy seem to be most lindelof  doing.  Spaiht just had his as an awful Bond villain.  Plus, if anything the movie had just too many character to handle in the allotted screen time.  Someone will toss aliens back as a rebuttal but it is easier to characterize a bunch of military jocks spouting one liners then an entire crew of scientist with few military men among them because of the established military stereotypes (hard ass drill sgt, young leader type, the coward turned hero, etc).
  2. goneja
    Very happy to hear Lindelof is gone. Honestly I blame most of the problem on him. When you hear him in interviews, I just don't understand how such a young guy was given the reigns. Prometheus has its critics and it's reasonable. There are mistakes and dumb stuff in the movie in areas and it just nearly ruins it. He's a young guy with too much of a care-free dopey outlook and attitude to handle a project like prometheus which should have been more cerebral and unique. The whole Engineer being propped up as some genius god idea, only to follow it up with him acting like a mindless frankenstein at the end, is almost inexcusable.The sequel needs better writers, or Scott should be more hands on himself. Frankly the idea of putting it out and making it so epic, you better have an epic writer of legendary status writing it. Not the guy who did Lost, which has so many of its own problems along it's run.
  3. Tough little S.O.B.
    I don't know if writing an script, is easy or dificult,or if it takes one month or two years, and I trully don't give a shit, but both spaiths and Lindelof scripts are rubish, and Riddley is the first to blame for accepting them. The movie sucks.

    Won't surprise me if they did a Prometheus Reboot.



  4. SiL
    Exactly.

    I can write half a dozen five page scripts in a week -- that's 60 pages. Sweet.

    I couldn't write 60 pages of a feature length script in that time if I expected it to be any good. Same number of pages, but very different disciplines.
  5. ShadowPred
    Lindelof wrote more than one episode per season. So he easily breaks the movie script page number.
    You clearly have no idea what you're talking about, and any attempt to explain is going to be met with nothing but your willful ignorance.

    QFT.


    It's like trying to say that because you've done X amount of running in your life, you can suddenly get up and run a marathon of the same equal amount of running.
  6. SM
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    If it's not relevant why then did you make a post saying i ignored those things when i didnt?

    You are the one here digging some weird whole that is not making any sort of sense.

    No, try again - it IS irrelevant.  Whatever Lindelof is working on in favour of committing two years to Prometheus 2 doesn't make any difference to anything.

    Bottom line is, he's not doing it and has explained why.  Get over it.
  7. DaddyYautja


    I quoted you, and nowhere in that quote did you mention Lindleof at all. Do I need to quote you again?


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    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.


    You do realize that my response was because you make it seem that all a writer needs to do, any writer needs to do, is to just send in a script and wait for a response. That's all I was responding to, your quote had nothing to do with Lindleof, so don't say that it does. You were making a generalization of any and all writers in that quote of yours.


    1. You dont tell a poster what you he/she meant when he made a post because you, as far as well all know, are not psychic so you have zero idea about it. So unless you are going to reveal your mutant power to us....i suggest you stop with this idea.

    2. ( for the second time )The thread is about Lindelof and about him not writing the sequel to Prometheus so who would EVER use an example about a total unknown writer trying to send in a script as if it was his first time shopping one out instead of a writer who already has the job? It just doesnt make ANY sense whatsoever. 

    3. I was replying to some one who SPECIFICALLY mentions something from the article which is talking about Lindelof so the discussion is OBVIOUSLY about that subject.



    Because it's irrelevant.

    But keep on digging.

    If it's not relevant why then did you make a post saying i ignored those things when i didnt?

    You are the one here digging some weird whole that is not making any sort of sense.


    Feature length. 100+ pages, not 40. TV exists the way it does now because writing shorter scripts is relatively simple, that's why I said feature length.

    Lindelof wrote more than one episode per season. So he easily breaks the movie script page number.
    And all this is saying is how much of a sucky writer he is.
  8. SM
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    HA! this is funny! Cause you conveniently ignored that i ask what he is working on that needs so much work in my first post here.

    Because it's irrelevant.

    But keep on digging.
  9. Space Sweeper
    Tried writing a feature length script recently?

    Lindelof worked on Lost and wrote a whole mess of episodes. Let's stop acting like this is a monumental task, if writing a screenplay was that difficult TV wouldnt exist the way it does now.
    Lost had a full team of writers, as all shows do. They also have fully outlined arcs that lead as far as the number of guaranteed seasons. There's also something called creative effort and ability. This isn't limited to Damon Lindelof lord of all things evil and to be damned, you've made this as broad as referring to any writer.

    I mean, how clueless can you be?
  10. ShadowPred

    Tried writing a feature length script recently?

    Lindelof worked on Lost and wrote a whole mess of episodes. Let's stop acting like this is a monumental task, if writing a screenplay was that difficult TV wouldnt exist the way it does now.



    Why bother?  You apparently know how it all works.

    Not to mention conveniently ignoring Lindelof saying he can only focus on one thing at a time and Prometheus 2 would be a 2 year commitment.

    HA! this is funny! Cause you conveniently ignored that i ask what he is working on that needs so much work in my first post here.


    Which is of course, bullshit. Plenty of scripts get sent in that people never even get a response to. If you're lucky, and the script reader passes on your script as one that has to be read, then and only then will it ever even be read by whoever is in charge of the script reader. And if they like it, they might end up responding, because even a producer or whatever who looks at the script is in no way a guarantee that you will ever get a response back.

    It's nowhere near as easy as you put it.


    There's so much more I didn't add here, like trying to get an agent for one, or how f**king difficult it is to even get in at all in the film business with your first script. There's so god damn much that is blocking the writer from even reaching their goal.

    Dude, we are not talking about a kid that just graduated from Uni and is trying to get his script about aliens to be made. This is Lindelof... he got the job.


    No we weren't. Not on what my response was about. You said:
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    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.

    Now tell me where in that quote you even mentioned Lindleof. I wasn't talking about him yesterday night, and you sure as hell weren't talking about him specifically in that quote.

    The thread is about Lindelof not writing the next Prometheus movie............... why would i be discussing ANYTHING but the position Lindelof is in as a writer?


    I quoted you, and nowhere in that quote did you mention Lindleof at all. Do I need to quote you again?


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    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.


    You do realize that my response was because you make it seem that all a writer needs to do, any writer needs to do, is to just send in a script and wait for a response. That's all I was responding to, your quote had nothing to do with Lindleof, so don't say that it does. You were making a generalization of any and all writers in that quote of yours.
  11. DaddyYautja

    Tried writing a feature length script recently?

    Lindelof worked on Lost and wrote a whole mess of episodes. Let's stop acting like this is a monumental task, if writing a screenplay was that difficult TV wouldnt exist the way it does now.



    Why bother?  You apparently know how it all works.

    Not to mention conveniently ignoring Lindelof saying he can only focus on one thing at a time and Prometheus 2 would be a 2 year commitment.

    HA! this is funny! Cause you conveniently ignored that i ask what he is working on that needs so much work in my first post here.


    Which is of course, bullshit. Plenty of scripts get sent in that people never even get a response to. If you're lucky, and the script reader passes on your script as one that has to be read, then and only then will it ever even be read by whoever is in charge of the script reader. And if they like it, they might end up responding, because even a producer or whatever who looks at the script is in no way a guarantee that you will ever get a response back.

    It's nowhere near as easy as you put it.


    There's so much more I didn't add here, like trying to get an agent for one, or how f**king difficult it is to even get in at all in the film business with your first script. There's so god damn much that is blocking the writer from even reaching their goal.

    Dude, we are not talking about a kid that just graduated from Uni and is trying to get his script about aliens to be made. This is Lindelof... he got the job.


    No we weren't. Not on what my response was about. You said:
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    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.

    Now tell me where in that quote you even mentioned Lindleof. I wasn't talking about him yesterday night, and you sure as hell weren't talking about him specifically in that quote.

    The thread is about Lindelof not writing the next Prometheus movie............... why would i be discussing ANYTHING but the position Lindelof is in as a writer?
  12. ShadowPred

    Tried writing a feature length script recently?

    Lindelof worked on Lost and wrote a whole mess of episodes. Let's stop acting like this is a monumental task, if writing a screenplay was that difficult TV wouldnt exist the way it does now.



    Why bother?  You apparently know how it all works.

    Not to mention conveniently ignoring Lindelof saying he can only focus on one thing at a time and Prometheus 2 would be a 2 year commitment.

    HA! this is funny! Cause you conveniently ignored that i ask what he is working on that needs so much work in my first post here.


    Which is of course, bullshit. Plenty of scripts get sent in that people never even get a response to. If you're lucky, and the script reader passes on your script as one that has to be read, then and only then will it ever even be read by whoever is in charge of the script reader. And if they like it, they might end up responding, because even a producer or whatever who looks at the script is in no way a guarantee that you will ever get a response back.

    It's nowhere near as easy as you put it.


    There's so much more I didn't add here, like trying to get an agent for one, or how f**king difficult it is to even get in at all in the film business with your first script. There's so god damn much that is blocking the writer from even reaching their goal.

    Dude, we are not talking about a kid that just graduated from Uni and is trying to get his script about aliens to be made. This is Lindelof... he got the job.


    No we weren't. Not on what my response was about. You said:
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    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.

    Now tell me where in that quote you even mentioned Lindleof. I wasn't talking about him yesterday night, and you sure as hell weren't talking about him specifically in that quote.
  13. DaddyYautja

    Tried writing a feature length script recently?

    Lindelof worked on Lost and wrote a whole mess of episodes. Let's stop acting like this is a monumental task, if writing a screenplay was that difficult TV wouldnt exist the way it does now.



    Why bother?  You apparently know how it all works.

    Not to mention conveniently ignoring Lindelof saying he can only focus on one thing at a time and Prometheus 2 would be a 2 year commitment.

    HA! this is funny! Cause you conveniently ignored that i ask what he is working on that needs so much work in my first post here.


    Which is of course, bullshit. Plenty of scripts get sent in that people never even get a response to. If you're lucky, and the script reader passes on your script as one that has to be read, then and only then will it ever even be read by whoever is in charge of the script reader. And if they like it, they might end up responding, because even a producer or whatever who looks at the script is in no way a guarantee that you will ever get a response back.

    It's nowhere near as easy as you put it.


    There's so much more I didn't add here, like trying to get an agent for one, or how f**king difficult it is to even get in at all in the film business with your first script. There's so god damn much that is blocking the writer from even reaching their goal.

    Dude, we are not talking about a kid that just graduated from Uni and is trying to get his script about aliens to be made. This is Lindelof... he got the job.
  14. T Dog

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    Or here is a crazy idea, the movie wasn't shit, it's a commercial success, it has  74 % critic approval rate, and the studio is pleased about the movie, so much that they will make a sequel.
    here is another crazy idea, maybe he doesn't give a f**k about what the loud minority does on the internet because of the above reasons. Maybe he is also busy with his new project 1952,writing and producing it. Maybe he is also busy with his new 3 year agreement with Warner Bros to develop new shows and making The Leftovers for HBO

    But now that he left, i hope someone will stop mr. Scott and his editor for ever entering the editing room of the sequel. That would be nice

    You're Damon Lindelof right?

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    How could it be a terrible script? Ridley Scott went on to direct it either way. You don't see Ridley taking on shit scripts like INdiana Jones and the Crystal Skull into a movie. The majority of Fans loved Pormetheus and thought the ORIGINAL script was terrible. Then some dude fixed it to be a better script to be filmed. 

    I think its clear that the majority of Alien fans dislike other casual alien fans who happen to be exaggerating their opinions in their posts.


    Don't you remember the terrible exposition, CSI going inside the body moments, awful stereotypical characters and horrible pacing?
  15. acrediblesource
    Lindelof's statement is classic Lindelof.

    I.E. it's his Marketing/Political/Diplomatic abilities swinging strong.

    It's all code for, the movie was shit, people hate me and I don't want to take it on again.
    He can't say that though so he has to spin some yarn about it being a rewrite and a year of his life (which is true) but ultimately I think he wrote an inferior movie, I think he knows that, maybe the studio think that, majority of the fans think that.

    All in all though I'd say the failings of this movie were down to studio interference pushing the writer and director in a certain direction.

    Anyway that's how I see it.

    How could it be a terrible script? Ridley Scott went on to direct it either way. You don't see Ridley taking on shit scripts like INdiana Jones and the Crystal Skull into a movie. The majority of Fans loved Pormetheus and thought the ORIGINAL script was terrible. Then some dude fixed it to be a better script to be filmed. 

    I think its clear that the majority of Alien fans dislike other casual alien fans who happen to be exaggerating their opinions in their posts.
  16. zuzuki
    Lindelof's statement is classic Lindelof.

    I.E. it's his Marketing/Political/Diplomatic abilities swinging strong.

    It's all code for, the movie was shit, people hate me and I don't want to take it on again.
    He can't say that though so he has to spin some yarn about it being a rewrite and a year of his life (which is true) but ultimately I think he wrote an inferior movie, I think he knows that, maybe the studio think that, majority of the fans think that.

    All in all though I'd say the failings of this movie were down to studio interference pushing the writer and director in a certain direction.

    Anyway that's how I see it.

    Or here is a crazy idea, the movie wasn't shit, it's a commercial success, it has  74 % critic approval rate, and the studio is pleased about the movie, so much that they will make a sequel.
    here is another crazy idea, maybe he doesn't give a f**k about what the loud minority does on the internet because of the above reasons. Maybe he is also busy with his new project 1952,writing and producing it. Maybe he is also busy with his new 3 year agreement with Warner Bros to develop new shows and making The Leftovers for HBO

    But now that he left, i hope someone will stop mr. Scott and his editor for ever entering the editing room of the sequel. That would be nice
  17. T Dog
    Lindelof's statement is classic Lindelof.

    I.E. it's his Marketing/Political/Diplomatic abilities swinging strong.

    It's all code for, the movie was shit, people hate me and I don't want to take it on again.
    He can't say that though so he has to spin some yarn about it being a rewrite and a year of his life (which is true) but ultimately I think he wrote an inferior movie, I think he knows that, maybe the studio think that, majority of the fans think that.

    All in all though I'd say the failings of this movie were down to studio interference pushing the writer and director in a certain direction.

    Anyway that's how I see it.
  18. ShadowPred


    A couple of months = 24 does it?

    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.


    Which is of course, bullshit. Plenty of scripts get sent in that people never even get a response to. If you're lucky, and the script reader passes on your script as one that has to be read, then and only then will it ever even be read by whoever is in charge of the script reader. And if they like it, they might end up responding, because even a producer or whatever who looks at the script is in no way a guarantee that you will ever get a response back.

    It's nowhere near as easy as you put it.


    There's so much more I didn't add here, like trying to get an agent for one, or how f**king difficult it is to even get in at all in the film business with your first script. There's so god damn much that is blocking the writer from even reaching their goal.
  19. SM
    Stallone rewrote a lot of Rambo from memory.

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    It would be awesome if your reply actually put in a little bit of discussion.

    Why bother?  You apparently know how it all works.

    Not to mention conveniently ignoring Lindelof saying he can only focus on one thing at a time and Prometheus 2 would be a 2 year commitment.
  20. echobbase79

    Some writers also work on multiple projects at once. Didn't Cameron take on the Rambo: First Blood II job at the same time he got the job to write Aliens? So writing scripts is a process and hopefully each time you do a rewrite it gets better. Or not.
  21. Gazz


    A couple of months = 24 does it?

    dude all a writer does is write a script then send it in and wait to see what they think.

    And how many difficult and laborious rewrites do you think they draft before reaching something close to a shootable script?

    It's not as easy as quickly scribbling out a draft to hand in so you can spend the rest of production dancing in fields whilst waiting for the pay cheque to arrive. And from what I've heard and read it's these types of films with many different people in varying positions of power to appease, that can prove hardest for a working writer. Hell, it's difficult enough when you're writing for yourself.
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