While Ridley Scott should certainly carry his share of the blame for Prometheus’ massive—and we mean massive—flaws (a basic slasher film plot featuring a too-large cast in which only two or three have any actual characterization who variously to make a series of bad decisions and get killed, do drugs and get killed, or have sex and get killed; a barely-defined alien species that decided to create humanity, and then destroy by, what, inviting them to a giant alien squid factory and thereby giving humanity a chance to stop said destruction?), he’s not the only villain in this tale. Damon Lindelof, Lost and Star Trek/ Star Trek Into Darkness scribe’s hack-y rewrite of Jon Spaihts certainly helped cripple the film And now Lindelof is coming out to explain why he won’t be returning to help ruin the sequel.
Lindelof has chosen to toss out the oft-relied upon “scheduling conflicts’ excuse, though, in this case, it seems as if there may be a genuine conflict of time here (as /Film notes he is currently working on Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, and at least two other films), though Lindelof does also seem a tad touchy about Prometheus’ less than rapturous critical reception:
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.
Ouch. Looks like fanboys will have to rely on Lindelof to keep ruining that other big sci-fi franchise, Star Trek.
Lindelof also clarified somewhat his post-Prometheus meeting with Scott:
Ridley and I had a meeting after Prometheus came out where we started talking again about where this journey would go. And in that meeting I said to him, unfortunately, before he could ask me and go through the discomfort of whether he was going to ask me or not… It’s sort of like having a date where you’re letting the other person know, “I’m in another relationship.” So I can’t tell you that he asked me and I said no. But I did communicate to him that I was working on these other things.
So there you have it—whether or not the scheduling conflicts are keeping him away, or simply Prometheus’ critical drubbing, at least he’s staying away. We can now sleep a little easier, fanboys.
What do you think of the Lindelof news?