06/18/2013 09:20 am ET Updated Jun 18, 2013

'Prometheus 2' Screenwriter Hired? Jack Paglen In Talks To Pen Sequel


"Prometheus 2" is moving closer to reality. According to Variety, Jack Paglen is in talks to write the "Prometheus" sequel, which Ridley Scott will produce for Twentieth Century Fox. (Whether he directs as well is unclear.) Paglen is a new name among blockbuster screenwriters; his first credit won't happen until next year, as Paglen wrote the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence," which long-time Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister is directing as his feature debut.

As had been reported earlier, "Prometheus 2" won't be written by original co-writer Damon Lindelof. The bête noire of many internet commenters wasn't able to continue work on the "Prometheus" sequel because of prior commitments. After a report claimed that Lindelof left the project abruptly, angering Scott and Fox in the process, Lindelof cleared things up in an email to Slashfilm:

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. I really don’t. I care about these stories deeply — not just as a writer, but as a fan. It might not always feel that way to the audience, but I swear to God it is true. It also so happens that Ridley was about to embark on directing his next movie, THE COUNSELOR, and had another one, CHILD 44 lined up right behind it. The conclusion was obvious -- In the best interest of the franchise, it was best to take myself out of the running before I had to suffer the embarrassment of potentially not even being offered it.

"Prometheus," a prequel, of sorts, to Scott's famed "Alien," grossed over $400 million worldwide after its release last year. It's expected stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will return for the sequel.

For more on the project, head to Variety.

[via Variety]

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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this post, screenwriter Jack Paglen's name was spelled wrong.