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Prometheus Sequel Has A Writer
Transcendence's Jack Paglen scores the gig

17 June 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Prometheus

While the reaction to Prometheus might not have been everything Fox and director Ridley Scott hoped, the box office results were enough to at least trigger discussions about a sequel. Back in August last year, it was reported that Scott and the studio were taking meetings with writers and now Jack Paglen has emerged as the man to start work.

We have to assume it’ll follow directly on from the original, which left Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s calculating android David looking for more answers. The explicit details are known only to the producers and Paglen for now.

In case you’re wondering who he is, Paglen graduated from writing shorts to scripting artificial intelligence tale Transcendence, which Chris Nolan’s regular cinematographer Wally Pfister has chosen as his directorial debut and is filming now with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany and more.

Transcendence is set for release – across the pond, at least – on April 18 next year. When we’re likely to see the next Prometheus is anyone’s guess, and whether Scott will be back as a director is even more of a mystery for now. Mr Paglen, no pressure, but it looks like everything depends on your script.


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I enjoyed Prometheus, sure it had corny moments but at least it was some scifi for actual grown-ups - with the endless conveyor belt if comic book crap (Batman apart) we're a neglected demographic these days. I have to say as well, visually Prometheus is gorgeous. More

Posted by topsturner at 10:17 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

Why should we?
I wonder if I want to see a sequel to Prometheus that answers all of my questions. Surely that was what Prometheus had to do alongside delivering new ideas and setting up a franchise that could run alongside the Alien franchise. I wonder if any writer can deal with all of the questions we have. Will the events on the ship in Alien, the eggs in the cargo hold and the larger than Prometheus space jockey be explained? Will David and Elizabeth be able to find the Engineers and the answers that More

Posted by wilzduck at 17:35 on 30 June 2013 | Report This Post

Prometheus 2: What Just Happened
I didn't think Ridley Scott would want to direct anything after the awful suicide of his brother Tony and it seems that it's true. They were so close and it was a hell of a shock. I wish this new writer good luck sorting out the mess left at the end of Prometheus. Damon Lindelof specialises in writing things that set up big questions that he seems incapable of answering at the end. That's why he jumped ship. The sequel can't be any worse than the first one. You can make Prometheus separate from More

Posted by BenTramer at 23:30 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

New Writer, New Director - Please
Danny Boyle - it's about time you came on board and scared the sh*t out of us. More

Posted by The Watcher at 22:33 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Good news
I really enjoyed Prometheus BUT! have to say if there was one thing that let it down it was Lindelof's script so to see him go is a blessing. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:13 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Good news
1) He gets lost after getting scared because of the 'gigantic dead bodies'. I just checked. I surmise he took a wrong turning and then got lost, because he was scared. I surmise that because the next time we see him and Rafe Spall, Spall says 'we've been here before' and its an obvious inference to make, that off camera, the characters took a wrong turn. 2) They try to 'trick the nervous system into thinking it is still alive'using electricity being passed through the brain, which you can More

Posted by jobloffski at 16:04 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Good news
1) He gets lost before he gets scared. 2) This is also the film where they reanimate an aeons old fossiled head by sticking a sonic screwdriver in it's ear and talk to it. 3) Nuff said. I say this in the full awareness that everyone is entiltled to their opinion - even if it is patently horsesh*t. More

Posted by Bladex64 at 13:24 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Good news
I love Prometheus too. I don't care if the experts seem out of their depth and behave stupidly in a film where their expertise (built out of what they KNOW) is trumped by excitement and poor judgement in the face of the UNKNOWN and so they don't behave like experts anymore because nobody is an expert in things they have never seen before. I don't even have a problem with the surveyor not being able to find his way out. Ever been scared, really, truly, fearing death scared? Panic takes everythin More

Posted by jobloffski at 12:38 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

Prometheus 2, are you seeing this?
Yes, this is great news. Perhaps it's a marmite thing, but I think Promtheus is greatly underrated. It looked beautiful, had a pretty charismatic ensemble, with Fassbender as the obvious standout. Storywise sure, a bit of a mess, but if Scott had delivered simply a retread "Alien 5" it would've been a case of 'be careful what you wish for' for some people. I applauded his taken on this. A new writer does sound like the way to go, though. More

Posted by herbertwest1701 at 12:36 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

Wearily hopeful....
Who knows, perhaps someone/Paglen et al, can rescue an ailing franchise but it'll take a minor cinematic miracle. Ref needing more imagination to see the best side of Prometheus, I think it is more a case of needing a frontal lobotomy. The one person you would expect to find their way back to the buggy/ship would be the surveyor who just mapped the local environs with his super-duper las-balls. Fat lot of good they did him. It is not so much a case of plot holes (though there are plenty of tho More

Posted by Bladex64 at 12:33 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

Good news
I loved Prometheus and I think there is a lot of over-the-top hatred for this movie. I think one or two bad reviews spiralled and everybody jumped on the 'lets hate Prometheus' bandwagon. For me, a movie shouldn't have to explain every single detail and the so-called plot holes for me where not that much of an annoyance. The unexplained events only mean that there is things that can be debated afterwards. I'm fed up with people demanding to been spoon-fed a plot, have a bit of imagination people More

Posted by Hugh_Fran at 11:29 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

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