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Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof talks possible sequels


Story by Jack Foley

DAMON Lindelof, the co-writer of UK box office smash Prometheus, has been discussing the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi film and the balancing act he and Sir Ridley Scott had to perform not to short-change viewers of the first film while setting things up for a possible second instalment.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film’s US release, Lindelof – who also wrote for TV series Lost – said he was ultra mindful of not presuming that a sequel was guaranteed despite expectation being high surrounding Sir Ridley’s return to sci-fi and the universe he first created with Alien.

He also discussed the film’s original name, Paradise, and why that could yet be the name of a proposed second film.

Lindelof told The Hollywood Reporter: “Ridley was very interested in talking about, ‘What are the answers to the questions that Prometheus is posing that are not necessarily definitively spelled out in the body of Prometheus?’”

“I said to him, we should be prepared for people to feel frustrated if we’re going to be withholding, so we have to be very careful about what we’re saving for later because it’s not a foregone conclusion that there are going to be sequels, and so if there isn’t a sequel, just be comfortable with what we gave them in this movie.”

Now that audiences appear to have taken to the film, however, Lindelof is optimistic of the chances of a follow-up film, adding: “The audience is given a little more information than the characters in the movie have and it’s our hope that fires the imagination up enough for them to say, ‘I might want to see Prometheus again’ or ‘I definitely want to see where this movie takes me.’

“Because this movie has two children: One of these children grows up to be Alien, but the other child is going to grow up, and God knows what happens to them. And that’s what the sequel to Prometheus would be.”

As for the possibility of the sequel being called Paradise, Lindelof – who was instrumental in changing the name to Prometheus in the first place – continued: “That’s only a title that was being tossed around at various stages in the development.”

Related: Read our review of Prometheus

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