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‘Prometheus 2′ to feature multiple Michael Fassbenders?

- March 25th, 2014

When Fox announced release dates for Wolverine 2 and Fantastic Four last week, buried in the release was news about an ‘Untitled Ridley Scott project’ in March 2016.

The Wrap is now reporting that the project is none other than Prometheus 2. According to sources, production on the sequel is expected to start this fall after Scott completes his biblical epic Exodus with Christian Bale.

Michael Green (Green Lantern) has been brought on board to polish the script from Jack Paglen (Transcendence). Green recently worked with Scott on the undated Blade Runner sequel.

If you’ve seen Prometheus, you know that while it was connected to Alien, it wasn’t a direct prequel. The original script by Jon Spaihts was rumoured to be more Alien-y before Damon Lindelof (Lost) rewrote the screenplay. He then declined to pen the sequel. The original followed an archaeologist leading a team into deep space to find the Engineers, an alien race created humanity – and then sought to kill us.

The new film is said to be more “in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise.” It is also rumoured to feature multiple ‘David’ androids. Michael Fassbender, who is expected to return, played the android in the first film. Noomi Rapace who played Dr. Elizabeth Shaw is also on deck to reprise her role.

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Scott teased Prometheus 2 while doing promotional rounds for the first film telling Movies.com, “I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel. I really don’t want to meet God in the first one. I want to leave it open to [Elizabeth Shaw] saying, “I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I want to go where they came from.”

Are you happy that we’re getting concrete news of a sequel, or should Scott step carefully away from the Alien franchise once and for all? Sound off in the comments.

‘Prometheus 2′ moves forward with new writer

- June 18th, 2013

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If you were angry when screenwriter Damon Lindelof announced earlier this year he had no plans to write a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, breathe deep. Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox and Scott Free are turning to Jack Paglen to write Prometheus 2.

Paglen recently wrote the upcoming sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister is shooting with Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara.

Prometheus was originally written as a prequel to Alien with Jon Spaihts’ script (titled Alien: Engineers) containing facehuggers and ending less ambiguously (his original concludes on the same planet Ripley and her crew discover in Alien). When Lidelof was brought in, the direct references to Alien were altered, and the film was envisioned as the first part of a new trilogy.

But when Lindelof said he had no interest in writing Part Two (you can read his full excuse over at Slashfilm), Fox execs were “literally freaking out” over how they would continue the adventures of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender). Lindelof’s story left a lot of gaping holes, the biggest of which is what happens to Shaw and David.

Less certain is whether Scott will direct the sequel. He is in post-production on The Counselor with Brad Pitt, and is gearing up to shoot his Moses epic Exodus, which is booked for Dec. 12, 2014.

Although it was always assumed Lindelof would return for Prometheus 2, the writer is no stranger for frustrating fans with stories that leave people hanging (was anyone else bummed by Lost?). And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed he kinda likes it that way.

“… I do think there’s something exciting and challenging about a certain degree of ambiguity in filmmaking. And when you look at the other two science fiction movies that [Ridley Scott] made, the original Alien and Blade Runner, both of those movies are still being debated and speculated and theorized about all this time later. And [we looked at Prometheus as] an archeology dig where we’re basically going to turn up some artifacts and we’re going to put them on the table for everyone to look at. How these artifacts necessarily connect to each other and what the larger story behind them is going to be a matter of some discourse, and the characters in the movie will be having that discourse amongst themselves. But no one’s going to basically come out of the skies and tell them whether or not they’re right or wrong.”

So what do you think? Are you happy Prometheus 2 is on the way, or do you think they should just all move on? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Original ‘Prometheus’ script hits web

- November 13th, 2012

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By now, anyone who cared knows that the original version of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was first dreamt up by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour).

Written as a prequel to Scott’s landmark Alien, which spawned three sequels and two spin-offs, Spaihts’ original draft was reworked by Damon Lindelof (Lost). What had begun as a full-on prequel, was left merely containing some “DNA” of the earlier films.

Well, thanks to Wired, you can now read the original version of Spaihts’ screenplay way back when it was titled, Alien: Engineers.

In case you’re doubtful the script is legit, Spaihts confirmed it is the real deal on Twitter.

 

Some of the character names are different (Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw is named Jocelyn Watts and Logan Marshall-Green’s Charlie Holloway goes by Martin Holloway), but the biggest change is the appearance of the chestbursting facehugger itself.

Thanks to David (played in the film by Michael Fassbender), Holloway becomes infected by an alien, and during a particularly graphic sex scene the little guy rears his ugly head.

“He begins to convulse,” Spaihts’s script reads. “A horrible CRACK. In the middle of Halloway’s chest, beneath the sternum, a grotesque head pushes out through the skin… Blood fountains from the ruinous wound.”

Spaihts is OK with the script being freely available online. “The interest in the script speaks, more than anything, to their love of the film and the Alien universe,” he tells Wired.

*Note: Sorry folks, the script has been removed by 20th Century Fox*