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Guy Pearce On Whether Peter Weyland Could Return For Prometheus 2

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WeylandThe last we’d heard of Prometheus 2 was the announcement in March that the production had hired screenwriter Michael Green to do a new pass on the script, which was previously worked on by Jack Paglen (Transcendence). Given that Green’s biggest produced screen credit so far was Martin Campbell’s regrettable 2011 Green Lantern movie, that may not inspire much excitement in you for Prometheus 2. Well, regardless of how well it eventually turns out, actor Guy Pearce was recently asked if he might possibly return for the Prometheus sequel. Given how his character wound up, that seems unlikely, but could Pearce return in an unexpected way?

In the first Prometheus movie, Pearce played Peter Weyland, the ancient tycoon who financed the film’s expedition to LV-223. His motivations were eventually revealed, as was the fact that he’d been hiding aboard the USCSS Prometheus during its long voyage. Weyland was within spitting distance of the grave, and he was convinced the alien Engineers would have discovered some way to extend his life. Unfortunately, when he propositioned the long Engineer they found in hypersleep, the big dude responded by beating him to death with the android David’s head. Ouch.

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Prometheus 2 Hires Green Lantern Writer, May Multiply Its Fassbenders

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prometheusIf we’ve learned anything about Ridley Scott in recent years, it’s that he apparently has no problem working with scripts that aren’t fully fleshed out or perfected. Robin Hood was fine but not very memorable, while Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay for The Counselor was a misstep for the esteemed novelist. But the one that we’ve had the most fun mulling over here at GFR is Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts’ version of Prometheus, which features some of the dumbest characters in science fiction. The still-untitled sequel to that film, which we’ll just call Prometheus 2, has found itself another screenwriter in Michael Green, who penned 2011’s Green Lantern for Martin Campbell. And we all know how great that movie was, right?

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Ridley Scott Updates Prometheus 2 And Other Sci-Fi Projects In The Works

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engineerAlthough Prometheus was on the disappointing side of movie-going when it released in 2012, the film turned a pretty penny for Twentieth Century Fox and director Ridley Scott. Its success convinced the movie studio to greenlight a sequel and possible trilogy, but the question surrounding Prometheus 2 is, will people show up to a theater to watch the sequel to a mediocre science fiction movie? [I give you Exhibit A – the Transformers movies. – Ed.]

While promoting his new film The Counselor on the Empire Magazine podcast, director Ridley Scott updated genre fans on his upcoming projects including Prometheus 2, Blade Runner 2, and an entirely new science fiction project. “Prometheus 2 is written,” says Scott, but he doesn’t indicate when it might start shooting. “I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015”

Scott is referring to the biblical epic Exodus, starring Christian Bale, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton for 2014. The 2015 project he mentions is a film based on The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, which the 75-ear-old director calls “one of the last great science-fiction books.” Scott explains:

‘We’ve finally got a very good draft of that for Fox,’ said Scott. ‘I thought I’d left science-fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea.’

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Prometheus Sequel Lands Trancendence Writer

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PrometheusIt’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than a year since Ridley Scott’s Prometheus underwhelmed science fiction fans worldwide. That may be a bit harsh. It’s a deeply flawed film to be sure, and we could spend all day debating and yelling about various plot holes, inconsistencies, and the crew’s ability to make the absolute wrong decision in every single situation. Still, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Prometheus.

But we’re getting sidetracked. Today The Wrap has learned that the Prometheus sequel, strangely enough known as Prometheus 2 at this point, is moving forward. Screenwriter Jack Paglen has reportedly been given the Herculean task of writing a part two that doesn’t suck. At the end of the first film we see Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s android David blasting off into space to continue the search for the mysterious Engineers. Presumably those two would be back for a sequel, but at this point it’s unclear what exactly the story will entail.

Paglen is relatively young blood in Hollywood. In fact, he only has one credit listed on IMDb. He penned the script for Transcendence, the sci-fi directorial debut from Christopher Nolan’s principal cinematographer, Wally Pfister.

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Damon Lindelof Explains What’s Going On With Prometheus 2

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Although Prometheus was one of the most polarizing movies of 2012, the science fiction Alien prequel was a huge moneymaker for Ridley Scott and Twentieth Century Fox. So when screenwriter Damon Lindelof left the project due to a scheduling conflict — Lindelof opted to work with director Brad Bird on the upcoming Tomorrowland instead — questions went unanswered about the state of the Prometheus sequel.

A new report from Bloody Disgusting suggests that Ridley Scott and Twentieth Century Fox have no idea what to do about Prometheus 2. According to the website’s insiders:

Sources close to the sequel have told Bloody Disgusting that the studio and Scott are literally ‘freaking out’ over how to continue the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), and are taking pitches from basically anyone who can crack the story. While a sequel is nearly inevitable, it definitely puts it in flux, and in a state of jeopardy.

The reported “freak out” was due to Damon Lindelof’s exit, but according to /Film’s Germain Lussier, who reached out to the former Lost showrunner to clarify the reports, Lindelof says that when he was brought on to rewrite Prometheus there was a strong desire for the film “to launch off in its own way so that by the end, it would not connect directly to the original Alien, but instead run parallel to it.”

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Prometheus 2 Script In The Works, Says Star Noomi Rapace

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I’m not sure which move is the correct one for director Ridley Scott. Follow in the dumb-decision-making path of the characters in Prometheus and make another beautiful but vapid thorn in the Alien mythos? Or hedge his Michael Fassbenders and move on to more original ideas? Sure, there’s always Option C, where he makes a sequel and it’s highly successful and sensible, but we’re not living in one of Scott’s movies, readers. This is reality.

Prometheus star Noomi Rapace was promoting her latest film, Dead Man Down, in an interview with The Playlist when the conversation naturally turned toward that most notorious of recent science fiction blockbusters. Rapace shared that things are moving forward on the sequel’s screenplay, which will be gloriously free of Damon Lindelof’s involvement.

“They’re working on the script,” Rapace says. “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.”