Excuse us while we when just sweep away the tumbleweeds and cobwebs.
Right, where were we? Oh yes… after a deafening silence from the world of Prometheus, Noomi Rapace has revealed in an interview with The Playlist that she has already met with Ridley Scott to work on the story for a sequel.
While publicising her new movie Dead Man Down, Rapace brought us up to date on how develpment is going:
“They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.
“… it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations. And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue. I would love to do it.”
It’s certainly good to know that, despite committing himself to a Blade Runner sequel, Scott is still working on bringing us Prometheus 2. Whether he’ll find the time to direct it himself is another matter…
While development is still presumably in its early stages, Prometheus co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof has officially ruled himself out of working on the sequel.
Speaking to Collider, he says:
“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. 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. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
I think that’s a shame. While many were frustrated by perceived shortcomings in Prometheus’s script, I like what Lindelof did. Not all of his revisions to Jon Spaihts’s script were ideal, but overall he elevated the movie away from a general Alien movie into something that could stand alone and head off in its own direction.
On the other hand, given some of the vitriol sent his way, I don’t blame him for wanting to step away. It’s pretty clear that the basics have already been thought out for the sequel’s storyline, and hopefully Lindelof at least played a part in that. And who knows, maybe he might be persuaded to come back for a little script polish if it’s needed!
While Fox have confirmed that a sequel is in development, an exact release date is yet to be set. We’ll bring you more as we get it!
In a round-up of this summer’s box office, The Hollywood Reporter got confirmation from Fox that a Prometheus sequel is being actively developed:
Fox confirms to THR that Scott and the studio actively are pushing ahead with a follow-up (stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are signed) and are talking to new writers because Prometheus co-scribe Damon Lindelof might not be available. “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” says Fox president of production Emma Watts, who also has overseen the successful reboots of the X-Men and Planet of the Apes franchises. A Prometheus sequel would be released in 2014 or 2015.
Fantastic news – though let’s not confuse development with active production – but let’s hope they don’t rush things too much – there’s much more story to tell, and I’d rather wait for them to get it right!
Thanks to seeasea for the heads up!