'Prometheus 2' Moves Forward with New Screenwriter

Noomi Rapace in Prometheus
Noomi Rapace in Prometheus
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Fans won't have Damon Lindelof to kick around should Prometheus 2 ever see the light of day as 20th Century Fox has reached out to Jack Paglen to take a stab at writing the screenplay for the follow-up to one of 2012's most talked about, yet divisive films.

The motivation here seems rather obvious as Paglen wrote the screenplay for Transcendence the feature film debut of Wally Pfister, Oscar-winning cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's Inception. Transcendence is a sci-fi film set for a mid-April 2014 release and should it prove successful, attaching the name of a proven sci-fi writer will certainly help sell tickets for the Prometheus sequel should audiences have their doubts about returning to that world.

All I wonder at this point is whether or not they reached out to Jon Spaihts who wrote the original draft of Prometheus or have they abandoned the all out Alien prequel idea and have to follow the trajectory set forth. Spaihts seemed to have a pretty good handle on how to connect his screenplay to Ridley Scott's original Alien film and I'm not sure any of us really need to explore the origin of the universe thread the original opened. Maybe it's best left leaving the questions the first film asked entirely unanswered?

Prometheus (spoiler alert) ended with Noomi Rapace's Shaw character flying off to seek out the Engineers' home world in yet another attempt to "meet our makers". Excited? [The Wrap]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    despite its many faults, Prometheus is still i film i enjoy and have watched many times, god knows why though

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    I hope we don't get them. My biggest fear is that Paglen will try and force together a story that cheapens all of the ideas that Lindelof had.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    I'm really hoping that this movie actually gets filmed but I still have my reservations.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    You know I was just thinking about this film yesterday - specifically the c-section scene. I wouldn't mind catching a sequel.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

    Nolan and Pfister's films seem to have very bland, sterile titles. Inception, Transcendence, Interstellar etc.

    I wasn't much of a fan of Prometheus. It wasn't scary, the dialogue was bad, i hated most of the characters and it little of that 'wonder' feeling that Alien had. But now they have a new screenwriter, it's made me quite curious.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I'm very interested in a Prometheus sequel, but I would rather see Shaw and David go out on their journey. If it were just going to come back in a circle to Ripley and the Xenomorphs too quickly I would probably be less enamoured.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    I'm one of the few that loved the first one so i'm definitely looking forward to this one especially now that they have a new screenwriter, Lindelof's writing was one of the few weakest spots in Prometheus. I'm very curious what they'll do with the story this time around.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    WHY? Why is this movie getting made? The first one was god awful and I doubt this will be any better so I will avoiding this like the plague.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I'll be there opening weekend!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnW.Creasy/ John W. Creasy

    Superhero movies may be simple at heart but at least they're honest. Movies like Prometheus pretend to be about so much and yet have nothing meaningful in them. Just throw in some statements about the origins of life on earth and then pretend that automatically makes it a thought provoking film. Please. That movie was a ridiculous mess.

    It's like a Nicholas Sparks movie where cancer is thrown into the mix and that's supposed to give the story depth.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    I can't believe a sequel is being made. I really didn't like the original- where some people saw plot points open to interpretation, I saw sloppy writing.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

      Yes, i agree with that.