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Fox Still Looking for Prometheus 2 Writer?

According to Bloody-Disgusting, Twentieth Century Fox is allegedly having some trouble to find a way to continue the story of Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus 2 and are taking pitches from any writers. Additionally, Badassdigest reports:

“Fox has been taking many, many meetings with screenwriters (…) screenwriters have been pretty much bringing in their own pitches, not working within an established frame.”

It has been known for a while that Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof, won’t be working on the sequel. Most recently John Spaihts has also confirmed that he won’t be taking part on Ridley Scotts’s upcoming film. Both writers have stated in the past that there was some talk about what subsequent movies would potentially bring if Prometheus was to receive a sequel.

Damon Lindelof’s comment on these reports can be found here.

Thanks to Gazz for the news.



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  1. The Dark Shape
    I feel like the central problem to a Prometheus sequel is that which plagued the concept of an Alien prequel for years. Ridley’s concept was to make a film centered on the Space Jockeys. He frustrated the idea because its damn near impossible to make an accessible film to audiences about Alien beings that don’t feature humans themselves. Think about it, a film where creatures interact who do not speak a language that anyone can understand. A culture that is entirely beyond comprehension because of the nature of what it is. How can anyone, even someone as talented as Ridley Scott be expected to deliver a product that would revolve around that and STILL involve mainstream audiences.

    He was sold on the Spaihts pitch because Jon found a way to make it a human story that bisected with the Jockey story. It certainly wasn’t a groundbreaking idea; voyage into space, discovery of intelligent life, etc, but it worked in terms of getting the audience to relate to what was happening on screen. It became a story of man and much less a story of Engineers. We’ve now been teased that the next installment will be the story of the Engineers and the same problem still exists, how does Ridley make an engrossing and enthralling cinematic movie about a culture that has only tenuous roots to humanity?

    So we’re back to the notion that Ridley has to explain, maybe not fully, but on a much bigger canvas, has to explain and represent this Jockey race and craft a two hour plus motion picture around them and their culture. That’s the territory he’s boxed himself into, only in this occasion, there is a human and a robot to place the story around. The next script will truly have to be creative and ingenious to make the idea fly.
  2. Blacklabel
    I said it before, but I still think that when we meet up with Shaw again she should be a bit bio-mechanical herself, like the Engineer's suit at the end of Prometheus (so that she can connect to the Juggernaut's cryopods).

    Yay! Let's turn her into a Machiko Noguchi clone! :laugh:

    Lol Not really. Even if she turns a bit biomechanical, she still wouldnt be "welcomed" into Engineer society. :P As per Prometheus, humans are all meant to be destroyed.
  3. T Dog
    I'm thinking now that they (FOX) have returned to the ALIEN 3 scenario where they are avoiding trying to make the "planet of the Alien" film due to cost and the potential difficulties of production.

    They really shouldn't have spent a gigantic budget making a silly remake of ALIEN with no real story when they could have done what they did in about a half hour and then spent the rest of Prometheus on the Engineer home world.

    Sure Prometheus made money but it turned a lot of people off and a sequel isn't a sure-fire success story so I'm guessing they are looking for a more budget conscious sequel unfortunately.
  4. T Dog
    Though this thread basically turned into a "What I would write"... rather than the OP seemed to intend.

    So i will simply reply to the OP:

    There's an old saying [paraphrase] "One lies and the other Swears to it"

    And therein lies the modern Internet.  So I honestly believe -- with the more realistic scenario being that there are countless writers and writing teams who would give their left arm to write more movies in this universe -- this article holds little water in my humble opinion.

    Yeah I'm sure there are a ton of writers who would want an official crack at it, it's that the production is struggling to make up their mind on the direction to go in.

  5. episodenone
    Though this thread basically turned into a "What I would write"... rather than the OP seemed to intend.

    So i will simply reply to the OP:

    There's an old saying [paraphrase] "One lies and the other Swears to it"

    And therein lies the modern Internet.  So I honestly believe -- with the more realistic scenario being that there are countless writers and writing teams who would give their left arm to write more movies in this universe -- this article holds little water in my humble opinion.
  6. Marlowe
    Nightmare.. i like what you are thinking.. and i've posted similar ideas in the past.

    BROFIST

    :laugh:

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    Could be apart of Shaws biosuit. A vocal converter designed by David cause his studied the engineers and understands there technology.

    Would be interesting to see something like that play out.

    Would also be interesting to see the Prometheus creation myth played out a bit more. The Engineers created us. We created androids. Our meddling in forces we didn't understand helped create some Frankenstein's monsters of sorts. But what biological and psychological horrors have the Engineers' other creations been up to?

    I had a though the engineers themselves are Prometheus. The stole they technology and based themselves after another alien race (Could be the space jockey or something different) they learned how to travel through space, extend there life and create life. But theres a catch. They can't reproduce cause of the biosuit. There are those that refuse the technology to remain pure (like the engineer we see at the start) but want to remain religious in sacrificing themselves to populate the galaxy with new species. The biomechanical engineers hated them for it because they believed they would have they're power taken away from a lesser species and decided to dominate them. War breaks out. Many new creatures are made in the process but the engineer homeworld become corrupt by the biomechanical engineers. Paradise a now living nightmare. The pure engineers created humanity and wanted it to succeed were they failed or refused to fight. Dying for our sins. They left behind clues to find them on LV223. But the place captured and they were rounded up somehow and experimented on by the biomechanical engineers. One of them breaks free and releases the black goo infecting the place and dying to protect humanity. Paradise is the garden of eden meets hell.

    That has to be the longest post I've ever done ;D Hope it was clear.


    Good post. I like to say exactly like you sometimes. But I'm not so inspired; for now.

    The quote I really agree in your post is that part:

    "Paradise is the garden of eden meets hell."

    This part says a lot.It's obvious their natural planet isn't too much different from ours.The "real" engineers like biodiversity.There is no other reason but because they created so many beings and forms.
    The first enginner/Sacrificer doesn't have anything in common with the last enginner in Prometheus.One tries to beat us.The other one sacrifice himself for a bigger purpose.


    But they have idea of this knowledge they have adcquired and that could bring madness for their people.
    To act like a god has a price.
    So they are Prometheus!.

    And this madness could grow if we, humans , get part of it.
  7. Terx2
    Nightmare.. i like what you are thinking.. and i've posted similar ideas in the past.

    BROFIST

    :laugh:

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    Could be apart of Shaws biosuit. A vocal converter designed by David cause his studied the engineers and understands there technology.

    Would be interesting to see something like that play out.

    Would also be interesting to see the Prometheus creation myth played out a bit more. The Engineers created us. We created androids. Our meddling in forces we didn't understand helped create some Frankenstein's monsters of sorts. But what biological and psychological horrors have the Engineers' other creations been up to?

    I had a though the engineers themselves are Prometheus. The stole they technology and based themselves after another alien race (Could be the space jockey or something different) they learned how to travel through space, extend there life and create life. But theres a catch. They can't reproduce cause of the biosuit. There are those that refuse the technology to remain pure (like the engineer we see at the start) but want to remain religious in sacrificing themselves to populate the galaxy with new species. The biomechanical engineers hated them for it because they believed they would have they're power taken away from a lesser species and decided to dominate them. War breaks out. Many new creatures are made in the process but the engineer homeworld become corrupt by the biomechanical engineers. Paradise a now living nightmare. The pure engineers created humanity and wanted it to succeed were they failed or refused to fight. Dying for our sins. They left behind clues to find them on LV223. But the place captured and they were rounded up somehow and experimented on by the biomechanical engineers. One of them breaks free and releases the black goo infecting the place and dying to protect humanity. Paradise is the garden of eden meets hell.

    That has to be the longest post I've ever done ;D Hope it was clear.
  8. Nightmare Asylum
    Would be interesting to see something like that play out.

    Would also be interesting to see the Prometheus creation myth played out a bit more. The Engineers created us. We created androids. Our meddling in forces we didn't understand helped create some Frankenstein's monsters of sorts. But what biological and psychological horrors have the Engineers' other creations been up to?
  9. Nightmare Asylum
    Actually, thinking more about the language barrier, David could probably communicate with them. David broke Earth's oldest languages down to their roots (roots that were derived from the Engineers). It wouldn't be too far fetched for him to have limited communication with other humans derived of the Engineers.
  10. Blacklabel
    Nightmare.. i like what you are thinking.. and i've posted similar ideas in the past.

    BROFIST

    :laugh:

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  11. Nightmare Asylum
    I'm going to make the assumption that, if the planet is populated (be it by Engineers or another batch of 'humans' that were created on another planet) we will still see biomechanical structures of some sort but perhaps not with as dreary and atmosphere as the images I posted above provoke.

    Would be interesting if wherever they land, the planet is nearly empty upon their arrival. Early on Shaw and David stumble upon some creatures and some non-Earth 'humans' in biomech suits that were bred on the planet (surely Fox is going to want more people than just Shaw in the film; the loophole is that they don't have to originate from Earth. Though there would, obviously, be a language barrier), and the Engineers eventually come into play sometime later.

    I dunno.
  12. Terx2
    death destroyed world.


    Its heaven :o 8)

    I hope so.

    I said it before, but I still think that when we meet up with Shaw again she should be a bit bio-mechanical herself, like the Engineer's suit at the end of Prometheus (so that she can connect to the Juggernaut's cryopods). Maybe David as well. Then we'll finally be able to get the long-rumored head piloting the ship! :D

    I actually wouldn't mind that. She might have to wear it to walk on the engineer homeworld after all humans and engineers share the same dna so wearing the biosuit makes sense.
  13. Nightmare Asylum
    I hope so.

    I said it before, but I still think that when we meet up with Shaw again she should be a bit bio-mechanical herself, like the Engineer's suit at the end of Prometheus (so that she can connect to the Juggernaut's cryopods). Maybe David as well. Then we'll finally be able to get the long-rumored head piloting the ship! :D
  14. Nightmare Asylum
    death destroyed world.

  15. Terx2
    I'm ok for a sequel as long as they return to the true dark biomechanical alien like monsters. In corporating a sinster life cycle similar to the xenomorph. Twisted monsters like the alternate fifeild mutation or something along those lines are ok. And a story about retracing the engineers steps to find an unholy monster on a death destroyed world. Or omething along those lines.
  16. Blacklabel
    Scary... Giger's Alien was trying to get away from the stuff we usually associate with "scary" monsters (and super creeps) .... i remember that Ridley asked specifically to avoid large fangs, huge claws and the like... Huante's design tries to avoid the same clichés.

    I only found the alien creature "scary" when i was a kid :P Which is funny when you consider that they were selling these to kids  :laugh:

  17. Darth Vile


    Obviously anybody working on an Alien film is going to be indebted to Giger's original design. But Huante had the right idea when it came to his alien creature... Giger took car parts, crocodile tails, skeletons and he put a penis on a man's head. Huante stripped away all of Giger's quirks and took physical deformities, whales and goblin sharks and blended them with a really tall albino man. He took the stuff that inspires him as an artist and he really put himself in his work.

    Let's compare that to when the strause Bros, Kenner or companies like Gearbox start doing the alien creature they just start adding "more and more spikes! more teeth" Let's make them bigger and stronger!... those arent creative artistic decisions, that's just being a child and playing with your toys. :P I dont blame ADI for some of their poor designs.. most cases they are just following the directors or the producers input. Their Runner looks good and the Newborn was an amazing Chris Cunningham design despite what ended up on screen not being 100% true to his vision of the creature.

    But to the point, the franchise needs more real artists with unique and talented personal takes... not man-children who just want to have colonial marines go pew pew against "BADASS" over the top looking aliunz again.  :P
    I hear what you're saying and I agree - more artists and less fanboys... but whilst I do like those concept paintings, I don't find them particularly scary or original. It does remind me of the merman and Hellraiser and Silent Hill. I think Giger's work was truly original and a one off in terms of a creature/alien in cinema.
  18. ChrisPachi
    A xeno biting someone's face and spurting blood out of its dorsal tubes. How is that not a thing?

    I say go big with the sequel. There is huge potential for a truly mind-f**king story. Back on the horse Ridley, back on the f**king horse.
  19. Blacklabel
    he looks a bit like the merman from Cabin in the Woods.

    Dont really see the resemblance....  :laugh:
    http://media.creativebloq.futurecdn.net/sites/creativebloq.com/files/images/2012/10/merman.jpg

    Obviously anybody working on an Alien film is going to be indebted to Giger's original design. But Huante had the right idea when it came to his alien creature... Giger took car parts, crocodile tails, skeletons and he put a penis on a man's head. Huante stripped away all of Giger's quirks and took physical deformities, whales and goblin sharks and blended them with a really tall albino man. He took the stuff that inspires him as an artist and he really put himself in his work.

    Let's compare that to when the strause Bros, Kenner or companies like Gearbox start doing the alien creature they just start adding "more and more spikes! more teeth" Let's make them bigger and stronger!... those arent creative artistic decisions, that's just being a child and playing with your toys. :P I dont blame ADI for some of their poor designs.. most cases they are just following the directors or the producers input. Their Runner looks good and the Newborn was an amazing Chris Cunningham design despite what ended up on screen not being 100% true to his vision of the creature.

    But to the point, the franchise needs more real artists with unique and talented personal takes... not man-children who just want to have colonial marines go pew pew against "BADASS" over the top looking aliunz again.  :P
  20. Darth Vile
    Inferior because whilst there's always room to explore new designs, nothing would match the beautiful nightmare of Giger's xeno design (IMHO).

    Huante's designs were solid.. and definitely not inferior to Giger's original design. Ridley was a fool not to use them...

    They need to explore and expand the mythos.. while leaving open many windows to do many different kinds of flicks in the universe :P You want your hard scifi horror flick? You can have it. You want an epic space opera nightmare-ish horror flick? You can have it as well.. Diversification is the only way this franchise will survive :P Keep it centered around horror, space and lovecraftian giger-influenced creatures... and you've got a lot to explore with those central elements :P

    Predators could be added back into the fold in a tasteful way..but Robert Rodriguez is a hack.  :P
    They were "solid" designs, but my point was that nothing had, or has since, been put to film like Giger's designs in Alien. It's like the design of Universal's Frankenstein's monster i.e it's so definitive that everything that comes after is derivative. And whilst I do like those white boneless designs, he looks a bit like the merman from Cabin in the Woods.

    I agree with you about all the windows left open and expanding the mythos... But I think that route is a direct follow up to Prometheus as opposed to another Alien film or xeno on a spaceship story.
  21. cloverfan98
    Give me a proper Alien film. Don't make it a prequel, don't directly tie it in with any specific previous Alien film, and don't have an unecessary Ripley Knock off in the lead.
    So...a reboot then?

    Not a reboot just another Alien film with a new cast if that makes any sense. Hey I'd be up for Alien 5 with Ripley but I don't think thats going to happen.
  22. Blacklabel
    Of course it looked like Giger's Necronom IV... he was hired to do an Alien creature :P might as well go back to the source... still better than of ADI's "derivatives". :P

    and "angry-boneless-mutant-beluga-whale-man-with-marfan-syndrome" is a more exact description :P bizarre looking... and elegant in a way. :P
  23. Blacklabel
    Inferior because whilst there's always room to explore new designs, nothing would match the beautiful nightmare of Giger's xeno design (IMHO).

    Huante's designs were solid.. and definitely not inferior to Giger's original design. Ridley was a fool not to use them...

    They need to explore and expand the mythos.. while leaving open many windows to do many different kinds of flicks in the universe :P You want your hard scifi horror flick? You can have it. You want an epic space opera nightmare-ish horror flick? You can have it as well.. Diversification is the only way this franchise will survive :P Keep it centered around horror, space and lovecraftian giger-influenced creatures... and you've got a lot to explore with those central elements :P

    Predators could be added back into the fold in a tasteful way..but Robert Rodriguez is a hack.  :P
  24. Darth Vile
    It'd be interesting for the sequel that the ship is found drifting in deep space. A salvage crew boards it and finds Shaw had David are both dead, but the ship has a new variation of the xenomorph. Something that evolved from Shaw and meddling with alien technology.
    Bu then it would just be another Alien movie with a slightly different looking (and lets be honest - inferior) xeno.
    How would it be inferior? You could come up with a number of different things to the mix.
    Inferior because whilst there's always room to explore new designs, nothing would match the beautiful nightmare of Giger's xeno design (IMHO). What are the "different things to the mix" you mention?. We've had marines, scientists/explorers, pyramids, exploding ships, penal colonies, xenos in water, xenos underwater, xenos in space, on Earth, in snow, cats, dogs, oxen... They've just about done everything...
  25. cloverfan98
    Lol OmegaZilla and Nightmare I'm always gonna be confusing you two with each other cause of your almost identical Avatars and Signatures! Anyway yeah I just don;t see where they could take this. Despite myself I do like Shaw, I have no desire to see Prometheus 2. Give me a proper Alien film. Don't make it a prequel, don't directly tie it in with any specific previous Alien film, and don't have an unecessary Ripley Knock off in the lead.
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