Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe, Prometheus, made money at the box office. The film, which stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Idris Elba (The Wire) and Charlize Theron (Monster), follows a group of explorers who discover clues to the origins of mankind. They travel to the darkest recesses of space and fight a battle to save the future of the human race. While visually pleasing, the film was full of plot holes, but with Hollywood, money almost always undoubtedly translates to sequel.
The aforementioned sequel, currently titled Prometheus 2, is steeped in controversy and a struggle to get the film off the ground since confirmation of its development. Damon Lindelof, one of the writers behind LOST and the writer called in to do extensive rewrites on Prometheus and the troubled World War Z, was rumored to have abruptly left the sequel, angering Scott and 20th Century Fox. Lindelof took to his twitter and email, stating, “If I take on too many projects at one time, there is a higher probability of those projects sucking. And contrary to popular belief, I do not want anything I work on to suck.” Since Prometheus, Scott has a plethora of projects lined up as well, with The Counselor awaiting release this fall and Child 44 casting at the moment. Despite the setbacks, production is still moving ahead, albeit slowly. According to Variety, Jack Paglen is in talks to pen the script and while he has no past credits to his name, he has penned Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister’s forthcoming directorial debut, Transcendence. In the meantime, for those itching for more adventures with Elizabeth Shaw and David, Prometheus will continue in comic book form via Dark Horse Comic.
Publisher and founder Mike Richardson told The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re brewing something up that I think the fans of Ridley Scott’s amazing film will really like”. He also confirmed that an unnamed artist is on board the project, and that a full announcement will be made soon. With San Diego Comic-Con on the horizon, it seems likely the announcement of the artist and story will be made there. This news is something unsurprising, as the existence of the big screen Prometheus sequel has been on thin ice following the sour relationship between original Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts, Lindelof and Fox and the failure of the project to earn back its budget domestically. However, for a project so close to the pop culture zeitgeist and the Alien franchise, one could assume that the Prometheus universe may just be waiting for the right host to come along and give the combined franchises the rebirth that it deserves.
Stay tuned to Diabolique Magazine for more on the Prometheus sequel and comic sequel!
– By Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking. Throughout his time in the program, he worked on various aspects of pre, pro and post-production. Writing has always been a favorite of his and he feels this “favoritism” shows in his work. Various professors, students, directors and actors have praised his writing ability. On top of writing for Diabolique, he has written for TV, written/co-written feature films for So Real? Entertainment and is currently working on a feature length dark comedy script of his own. Follow him on twitter: @rvaughn881