Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was one of the most polarizing sci-fi films of 2012. So many moviegoers had such high expectations for the film that it couldn’t possibly live up to them. But for all of the film’s “messiness,” the main target for much of the film’s criticism was not the film’s director but one of its writers, Damon Lindelof. Well, good news comes to those who wait, because Damon Lindelof will not return for the Prometheus sequel.
In an interview with Collider, Damon Lindelof sounded off about bearing the brunt of Prometheus’ criticisms. He also revealed that he would not return for the film’s sequel because he will be working on other projects. Lindelof said:
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.”
This wasn’t the first time Damon Lindelof was the target of vitriol from the geek community. In 2010, the series finale of the TV series Lost received a huge backlash due to what many felt was an unsatisfying conclusion. It seemed the series received good faith from its audience for six years and completely “lost” it with one two-hour finale.
Up next for Damon Lindelof will be J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, which he co-wrote with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It’s doubtful, but let’s see if that film will get a similar backlash as Prometheus. He will also be working with Brad Bird on the upcoming film 1952.