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LOST’s Damon Lindelof Rewriting Ridley Scott’s ALIEN Prequel!!

I am – Hercules!! Deadline Hollywood reports that “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof has been hired to rewrite the proposed Ridley Scott-directed “Alien” prequel. Jon Spaihts (“Passengers”) wrote the prior draft of the prequel’s screenplay. Lindelof, who co-wrote (without a screenwriting credit) J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie and co-wrote Jon Favreau’s upcoming “Cowboys and Aliens,” has surprisingly few credits as a solo screenwriter, but did a bang-up job as solo scripter on Marvel’s Ulimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine funnybook over the past few years. Lindelof is also working with frequent collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on the next “Star Trek” film Abrams is producing. (Actor Bruce Greenwood says that “Trek” is slated to begin production in January.) Scott, of course, directed the original 1979 "Alien," but has been away from the franchise in the three decades since. Find all of Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.
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  • July 28, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by livrule


  • July 28, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Needs more hatch.

    by livrule

  • July 28, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Oh no.

    by SlickyVonBoner

    After seeing Lost's season ender, that could be a bad thing.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by imagin78

    In Space, no one can hear AsimovLives scream.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    And a smoke Alien.

    by livrule

  • July 28, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    how scrap the thing and write

    by ciroslive

    an ORIGINAL alien/sci-fi story scripted by Lindelof and helmed by Scott? Sounds like a good idea to me

  • July 28, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Oh God. No. Did he write "Across The Sea"?



  • July 28, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Also funny since the movie "Passengers" was about a life(...?)-chaning plane crash.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    And by "chaning" I mean changing. Whoops!

    by Ribbons

  • July 28, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Here We Go...

    by Katet19

    I can see how everyone may be justified in worrying about the pay off in this film (I was personally satisfied by LOST), but the original Alien is all about tension. You can't deny Lindeloff knows how to create an incredible amount of tension. This ability is the reason all of the talkbackers feel so burned by LOST and the reason they stuck along for the ride for so long.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Here Comes More Lame Storytelling

    by GeorgieBoy

    As if the ridiculousness of Star Trek wasn't bad enough, now he gets to ruin another iconic franchise. Please no "Black holes" or "red matter." Jeesh.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • July 28, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    No one wants prequels

    by wintocha67

    why don't they get it?

  • July 28, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I thought this thing was starting filming soon?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Now the script is being re-written? I take it FOX is not gearing up a summer 2011 release date for this anymore?

  • July 28, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    this is now officially..

    by brock landers baby

    all kinds of fucked up nonsense

  • July 28, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Dharma was behind it.

    by RPLocke

  • July 28, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Aliens is the only good Alien movie

    by SnootyBoots

    Didn't waste my time seeing the Alien vs. Predator movies. The 3rd and 4th movies are crap. And the original is just a haunted house in space movie with one memorable scene.

  • July 28, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    I'm So Disappointed With Ridley About This

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I don't need Ridley Scott's prequel to "Alien". I want a new science fiction movie from him! This is the dude that made "Blade Runner" after all and there are SO many other stories he could adapt or just write himself. There's only so much you can do with a monster after six movies. It's lost its mystery and the surprise is gone. Come up with something new! Hell, look at Cameron. Sure, "Avatar" had its problems but at least he tried something different instead of returning to what he'd already done. Please Ridley - I beg you! Give us something new!

  • July 28, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Couldn't agree more GeorgieBoy...

    by TenderBranson

    anyone that says they didn't have a problem with the Lost ending, is an idiot. Anyone can write red herring after red herring after macguffin...the key is the payoff. You don't go pay for an escort, then just ask her to seduce and tease want your dick sucked, want to blow your load, you want the pay-off. My hopes for the prequel are rapidly diminishing...

  • July 28, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Oh great, so the new Alien movie will SUCK!

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Ridley Scott's really getting to be a has-been, isn't he?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    SPOILER: Ridley wakes....

    by jedimast3r

    ...and sees Newt standing over her, beside a coffin. "I died, too?" "Yes." Queue a space church and opening of doors with ambiguous flooding light.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I'll call it right now

    by kwisatzhaderach

    This is going to be fucking terrible.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    My interest in this film just cratered

    by superunknown85

  • July 28, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Cant see this ever happening

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    At least not with Scott at the helm.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't Ridley get Monahan in?

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 28, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Finally, you guys say Alien sucks

    by RPLocke

    It's been bad since Alien 3. At least you guys finally woke up.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    I don't get you people

    by Ribbons

    You're seriously less interested in this movie now than when you thought it was being written by some random dude? Or is this just an impromptu "indirectly vent about the ending of Lost" TalkBack?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    At least we know Alien Harvest was bogus

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    That's a crumb of comfort. Lindelof is probably just doing touch ups on Spaight's script. Its typical for geeks to get hysterical. Lindelof will inject more tension and mystery. Hardly a bad thing.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Aliens vs. Locke

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • July 28, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Could be worse

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Could be Kurtzman and Orci.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, no.

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    I have been skeptical about these prequels, but Ridley Scott making another Sci-Fi film excited me, but I'm worried by this news. As fun as the last Star Trek film was, the script was the least impressive aspect of the production. The fact that the guy who wrote (some of) it, and hearing what he did with Lost, this news has taken a big chunk out of my interest in this project.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    This changes nothing.

    by rbatty024

    Sure, Lost had a disappointing ending, but it also had some great seasons. I'm pretty ambivalent about the Alien prequels. Ridley Scott's work hasn't interested me in years, but I still am completely enamored of the first two films.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Tall_Boy66

    What did everyone talk about after reading Alien Harvest? The part where the Space Jockey made two dudes fuck each other! In the Butt! With it's mind!!! You want people talking about that movie? Leave that scene in!

  • July 28, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember any good dialogue from 'Star Trek'?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ........................... <p> Nope. Me neither.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I'm with CHOPPAH...

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    Fuck you all...especially RPLockesbrokenlegdouche.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?"

    by Tall_Boy66

    Yeah, that's not a good line in a Star Trek movie. No, sir. Don't put that line in a Star Trek flick. Doesn't fit at all. Right. I buy that.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'm talking about JJ's 'Star Trek'.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Which is what I was talking about too

    by Tall_Boy66

    That line is in the movie, and it's a great Star Trek line. Because you can't fit that line in any other movie. But a Star Trek movie. So it worked. Duh.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    So this means there will be no story.

    by Ray Gamma

    And what little story it will contain, will be completely made up as they go along. ....Ultimately leaving the audience struggling to remember anything at all about what happened in it.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Seriously, if you're going to bag on a flick for dialogue

    by Tall_Boy66

    It would be super if you actually remembered it. Yeesh. But that's asking for a bit more rationality than your garden variety talkbacker.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Oh, is it? In which case they lifted it from Wrath of Khan.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    This means...

    by DigitalBeachWar

    ...nothing to me. I never watched LOST. Star Trek was alright, not great but alright.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    "No story"

    by D.Vader

    Biggest overexaggerated bullshit.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    So, any great lines of dialogue in JJ's Star Trek? Aside from those lifted frm Wrath of Khan?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    No, that line has been a staple of Star trek since the 60s

    by Tall_Boy66

    Newsflash, Bones has been saying, "Are you out of your Vulcan mind" since the 60s series and it's a iconic Trek line you use because that's what he fucking says. Of course, if anyone who apparently hate the latest Star Trek movie actually WATCHED the 60s TV series, they would know that. But Talkbackers are fucking tards who don't know anything about the subject they're railing against. So it goes.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by MrFloppy

  • July 28, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Oh fuck...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    There goes any interest I had in this...

  • July 28, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by frankenstone


  • July 28, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Seriously, you didn't like Bone's introductory rant?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Okay, if you call yourself a Star Trek fan and don't like Bones "Don't preach to me, kid." speech when he first popped up - you're a liar and you don't like Star Trek. Fact.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    If I'd helped to write that Star Trek movie...

    by Mazzer

    ...then I'd want my contribution to be uncredited also! But that aside, I like Damon and hope he can add value to Alien.<p> So is it a COMPLETE rewrite, or a "reworking" of the previous draft?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yeah I know its a Trek saying idiot. But i'm still waiting for great dialogue that Lindelof and co actually came up with themselves for their Star Trek film. That's the entire point get it? To judge the quality of the writer who's going to be doing the Alien film? <p> So, great dialogue from the pen Lindelof?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by Party_Animal_IV

    Well there go my plans for the opening weekend.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    This just in: Talkbacker has no clue what they're saying

    by Tall_Boy66

    In other news, sky is still blue. Water still wet. Film at 11.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    You see...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...Alien was never about the alien.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Also: Talkback rallies against subject has no knowledge against

    by Tall_Boy66

    Of course, if said talkbacker had actually watched any of the dozens of Lost episodes Lindeolf penned, they would still rage against it anyway. Because they don't know what the fuck they're talking about. Life goes on.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'm not a big Trek fan per se, I like some of the episodes and some of the movies. We're drifting from my point, that Lindelof is not a great writer and therefore the script for the new Alien film is likely to be forgettable. <p> Of course if you found the script for Star Trek to be memorable that's another bag entirely.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by Tall_Boy66

    Followed by a strawman argument.<P> Then a paragraph break<P> To make one's argument seem more prominent. <P>Ladies and gentlemen, I give you every single one of that dude's posts.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for memorable Trek dialogue

    by kwisatzhaderach was a 2 hour movie Tall_Boy. What were your favourite lines? Apart from the one they didn't create themselves?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    It's not just Grenwood now

    by gotilk

    pretty sure a producer has confirmed.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Not good.

    by JudasPriestly

    I have a feeling this prequel isn't going to turn out the way Ridley Scott promised. I hate those Abrams writers.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Alien was always about...

    by Red Ned Lynch a crew of people can bond together when they go through a difficult situation together.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Listen, dipshit, you don't know ANYTHING about what you're hatin

    by Tall_Boy66

    Seriously, if you're saying that you don't like the character exchanges in Star Trek, go ahead and watch the goddamn movie first. If you don't like anything Bones says in the film, you don't know A) anything about how the characters in Star Trek are supposed to talk B) how these characters are presented C) what they're supposed to sound like. Therefore, if you don't like anything Bones says in the movie, it's because you don't KNOW anything about the character in the first place. Jackass.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch alien always leads to another alien anyway.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    It could of been worse

    by mastes360

    They could of asked Jettl93 to write it!.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Please, kwisbalhblabblah, I'm not falling into your retard trap

    by Tall_Boy66

    Here's what's going to happen: I post a piece of dialouge, you proceed to tear it apart. WHY IN THE FUCKING NAME OF HEAVEN WOULD I BE STUPID ENOUGH TO DO THAT?! Because if you hated Shaksepere, I could post chapter and verse Hamlet's speech to the players, and you would then post <P> A paragraph break <P>And say that you find it not memorable. <P> Give me a good reason to try to respond to your idiocy. Go ahead. I'll wait.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...wife got the planet in the divorce. <p> I remember that one pretty easy.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'm just asking for memorable lines of dialogue. It looks like you can't give me any. I saw Star Trek once. No sane person would ever sit through it again. Presumably in the new Alien film the hero will be thrown off a ship, crashland on a planet, be chased by an Alien and end up in a cave where a 70 year old version of Ripley will procede to deliver several pages of exposition via the use of flashbacks.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Red, that's the speech I was talking about

    by Tall_Boy66

    But kwsiramalamadingdong can't put two and two together and actually comprehend how these characters are supposed to sound and how it works in the context of Star Trek. Instead, it's <P>Paragraph break <P>Strawman argument.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    If you post a great line of screenwriting

    by kwisatzhaderach

    there's no way I would tear it apart. But there isn't any in that film.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Wow. Great line!

  • July 28, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    look, k-tard, your argument is inherently flawed because

    by Tall_Boy66

    you're coming at whatever someone says from a contrarian position. Do you know what a contrarian is? It's what you are. Whatever one says, you are intransigent and contrary. Because you like to be. Engaging in discourse with you, engaging in your little game, is about as intellectually fulfilling as banging my head against the wall.<P>Because you're a killjoy douche. Get it?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You know your argument is on shaky ground when all you can do is take the piss out of me instead of responding and discussing. Whatever. You clearly aren't read up on film. I'm outta here. Enjoy.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Captain_Arsehole_from_the_Planet_Cunt

    I'm interested, it's potentially amazing, but it's old ground.... I vote for a new Ridley Sci-fi

  • July 28, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    No, because you've made your position that way

    by Tall_Boy66

    You are coming at this argument from a logical fallacy: "Every single line of dialogue in that movie is awful." Do you understand that if one tries to engage in a discourse with you your inherently flawed position would lead to no result whatsoever? Go ahead, tell me that you actually KNOW anything about what constitutes good dialogue in a Star Trek movie. <P> OH OH OH!! AND MAKE A REFERENCE TO LOST AND FLASHBACKS!!!! IT'S REALLY WITTY!!!

  • July 28, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Oh and Ridley

    by kwisatzhaderach

    get in Monahan, somebody who actually understands drama and great dialogue. Tall_Boy, hire the Kingdom of Heaven Dir Cut and watch any of the Edward Norton scenes for some great dialogue and screenwriting from Monahan. Something that Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof wouldn't know how to do in a million years.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Have you seen any of the ten Trek movies prior to Abram's Trek? I don't think you have. They are crammed with wooden dialog that makes you cringe. How you can bitch about the dialog in Abram's Trek is beyond me.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    This just in AICN readers slam everything

    by RPLocke

    except for grainy black and white behind the scenes pics.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Good dialogue in Star Trek movies

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Basically anything from Wrath of Khan, Voyage Home and Undiscovered Country. They're all well written Trek movies.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Are you going to watch Inception again?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Remember all the great dialogue in Inception? "Whose subconscious are we going to now?" Wow! It's really deep and well written! Iconic line. It'll live forever!

  • July 28, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I have to go, but seriously watch Wrath of Khan and JJ's film back to back and come back and tell me they're on the same level.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Voyage Home is only well written in the middle

    by Tall_Boy66

    When Nic Meyer picks up the football for the scenes in the past, the bookend scenes are by Harve Bennet and it's basically franchise housekeeping.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Haven't seen it yet.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Agree with you there. Do you think anything in JJ's film is as well written as the scenes in the past in IV though?

  • July 28, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    You only asked...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...for a memorable one. I remember it. <p> I remember a few others, too. Does it have the kind of writing Casablanca or The Godfather or His Girl Friday had? No <p> Is it a movie that will be added to the storied lists of all time film classics? No. <p> Is the script filled with some unlikely, illogical and just plain silly action? Yes. <p> But there's that line of dialogue and it sounded just like McCoy, and Karl Urban was the very best choice in a cast where a whole lot of good choices were made, and he delivered it in a way that made me see and hear Bones. And I grew up on repeats of the original series, in those years before the Next Generation decided that a starship was just a great big office building in space. <p> So yeah, I remember it.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Great dialogue from William Monahan

    by Tall_Boy66

    "Fucking dog bit me" --William Monahan in Body of Lies. Holy shit, what a fucking genius! See? <P>YOU CAN PICK APART ANYTHING LINE BY LINE, WHICH IS WHAT YOUR ENTIRE ARGUMENT IS BASED AROUND

  • July 28, 2010, 7 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I don't agree with you all the time but that was pretty spot on.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    William Monahan

    by Ribbons

    I'm not trying to get in the way of... whatever's going on here, but that guy seriously writes amazing dialogue. The Departed, anyone? <br> <br> "I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy."

  • July 28, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Whatever. We'll have to disagree. I'd rather Monahan wrote a draft of the new Alien. I guess we'll all see how the Lindelof one turns out...

  • July 28, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    This movie does not need a prequel...

    by Mockingbird Girl

    ... and we all know it.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach Trek IV was great too

    by RPLocke

    The hell I can't.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Respect to Lindelof

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    But braver writers than he have stepped into the maw that is the Aliens franchise. Even with Ridley Scott at the helm, this could get ugly.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I'll continue to reserve judgement on this

    by ewokstew

    I read the original Alien script that you can download pretty much anywhere off the of web. I'm talking the StarBeast version. Whoa, talk about a steaming pile of crap! Had I read that script before Alien came out I would have not thought, in a million years, it could have evolved into something as magnificent as Alien. I reckon the only reason that may be is because it had Walter Hill involved who was actually a very good writer and of course, Scott as director. After the movie comes out and I've watched it I'll say my two cents and move on.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    In Purgatory, no one can hear you scream

    by 3D-Man


  • July 28, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Hey! Can anybody tell me a great line

    by Fuzzyjefe

    from Children of Men? How about Moon? District 9? The Wrestler? Zodiac? <p> Memorable dialogue does not a great movie make. It can elevate, it can detract, but 'quotables' aren't the end-all, be-all of any great cinematic experience.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine

    by TedKordLives

    Over a couple of years is right! Took the guy THREE YEARS to write a six-issue mini series. That also happened to be complete shit. <P> I once sat down and wrote out a 22 page comic book script at Denny's in three HOURS, fer heaven's sake!

  • July 28, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Alien Harvest

    by BandysTract

    a cat alien, chillaxing space jockeys psychically making gay fanfic, and weyland-yutani folks spending a needlessly dramatic hour taking a botched shot at a jockey ship.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Man you guys suck

    by cuttr

    All of you. The Star Trek reboot was fucking awesome. What's with this knee-jerk "this will suck" attitude? You're all (well most) pussies.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Agreed. The Star Beast script was awful, and was only with some pretty serious rewrites that Dan o Bannon's script became presentable. What people forget is that Ridly Scott took a rote haunted house in outer space script and made it his own. The writing wasn't particularly great - it had one gunuinely good concept, the alien life cycle. But Scott MADE it his own. He made it great. And lest we forget, Scott hired David Peoples to rewrite Hampton Fancher's Blade Runner script. And that didn't turn out too shabby. A rewrite isn't the end of the world. But would I prefer someone like Jonathon Nolan to do it instead of Lindelof? Hell yeah.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Just because Lost ended badly...

    by HoichiTheEarless's obtuse to argue that this means there was nothing well written about the series. Lindelof wrote some of the series best episodes even if he wrote some of the weakest, and he's got enough talent to write a good script or re-write a bad one. I have no idea if he'll do anything good with an Alien prequel or not but it's more than possible that the Lindelof who wrote "The Constant" and "Through the Looking Glass" still has good stuff in him.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    so Oliver Stone was right

    by animas

    they aren't giving jobs to the most qualified people

  • July 28, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    The Space Jockey's ship will contain a hatch!

    by planetran_fan

  • July 28, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    And Desmond will be in it!

    by planetran_fan

  • July 28, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    After the big bag of suck that was

    by Mockingbuddha

    Gladiator and all the other "meh" stuff Scott's done lately, this could be a good thing. Props to Alien and Blade Runner though, too bad THAT Ridley Scott is long dead. Still not sure I want someone to ruin the Space Jockey.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Lost ended badly?

    by RPLocke

    It got 12 nomiations!! Yeah, that's really ending badly. Damon is a breath of life for this shitty franchise!!

  • July 28, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    I'm optimistic

    by daggor

    I enjoyed most of LOST, and what I didn't like was Ok, thanks to the great characters the series built. What, did everybody love AvP?

  • July 28, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Then perhaps they should get the GLEE writers to tackle it

    by Mockingbird Girl

    'Cos if we're measuring quality in Emmy nominations, they kicked LOST's ass. Just sayin'.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Mockingbird Girl

    by RPLocke

    Just wondering how DO you measure quality, because according to you guys you don't measure it by box office, or writers or nominations.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I will always love Lost's final episode...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    for one simple reason: <p> FLYING JACK-FACE! <p> The second reason is because it was good. In my opinion. See? I said it was my opinion. Didn't state it as fact beyond reproach. Just how I feel. Me. My own. My precious opinion.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Things I also like

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Zack Snyder, Speed Racer, X-men 3 (and I'm a comic nerd), JJ's Trek, Avatar, Ewoks, and boobies. <p> Let the bile spew forth. It's cathartic.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...we determine quality by what I say, Looky. I'm a judicious man, Riplo, and when I've made up my mind you can be sure I've logicked and ciphered and considerated on the subject until a final, just and ineffable opinion has formed. <p> You just come to me, Cke-Cke. I'll whisper it in your ear.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I can see it now!

    by slave to the one

    Ripley at a church with Newt, Bishop Hicks and Dallas and an alien drone tells her that LV-426 was a place they created so they can find each other and move on!

  • July 28, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    slave to the one...

    by Red Ned Lynch has to tell her, though. Then it tenses and hisses. <p> Ben Linus bursts through her chest and she wakes up in the hospital screaming.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Lost's final revelation

    by ObiBen

    is that everybody ends up in a tacky Burbank chapel near the ABC backlot dressed in Sunday brunch attire.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Get away from her...

    by Fuzzyjefe


  • July 28, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    The sole meaning of JJ's Star Trek plot

    by ObiBen

    is to explain why it's okay now for Spock and Uhuara to get in on in the turboshaft.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Trek and Lost, seems you can't have one

    by leo54304

    without the other coming into the discussion.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Man, if Joss Whedon came back you guys would

    by RPLocke

    be kissing his ass.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Would like to see a hot nurse Chapel and Uhura

    by leo54304

    get into a catfight while the guys are watching. Spock:fascinating captain, McCoy: Damnit Jim I'm getting horny, Kirk: Trio

  • July 28, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Chapel was mentioned in the 2009 movie

    by RPLocke

    After McCoy knocks Kirk out, he runs by and asks for Nurse Chapel but the scene cuts to the bridge.

  • July 28, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Great, now we'll never know where they come from.

    by cookylamoo

  • July 28, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I knew she was mentioned but didn't see her

    by leo54304

    and "boom" went to next scene as you mentioned RP.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Ribbons- It's a different "Passengers"

    by Mr. Profit

    Slated for 2011 starring Keanu Reeves. Not the Anne Hathaway one from 2008 that was oddly similar to the Lost finale...

  • July 28, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    This time

    by Rectal Blowout

    instead of fucking up the ending to Lost, he's been hired on to fuck up the beginning of Alien..LOL!

  • July 28, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Next Trek want more of McCoy

    by leo54304

    He did such an excellent balance of chewing up the scenery and being serious. Like when he told Spock to keep Kirk on board because: "There's a saying where I come from. You ride the horse that got you here." Then it went on yadayada.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Arch Nemesis

    Haha! With its mind!!! God, Alien Harvest was beyond ridiculous.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    About the new star trek dialogue..

    by JamesGANDERPeek

    Was it any different from the original dialogue? If anything they made a throwback by giving an homage to the cheesy dialogue. Ohh you talkbackers and your cynical outlook on EVERYTHING NEW!

  • July 28, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Trek 2009 was pretty damn perfect

    by RPLocke

    I saw it four times in theaters. I haven't done that with a Trek movie since Trek VI.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by Genre_Boy

    As long as Lindelhof gives Charles Weyland his proper due, it'll be good. <p>Hats off to Lance Henrickson -- his time has finally come.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Great. O

    by Jaka

  • July 28, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Great. I've gone from 100% interested to zero interest.

    by Jaka

  • July 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by Mechasheeva

    There is way too much hate for this. After Alien Resurrection and two godawful AvP movies, the guy that started the franchise comes back and hires a writer with some serious cred to work on his script (if you think Lost or Star Trek sucked, then you're wrong) and all you nerds can do is complain? What the hell do you people want?

  • July 28, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Lindelof is going to be sent to Alien's past....


    Lindelof is going to be sent to Alien's past to retroactively ruin the entire Alien chronological future.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Nah, a perfect Trek wouldn't...

    by Shermdawg

    ...contain that awful ice cave exposition, recycled for the fourth straight time ending, and a soundtrack that is outshined by an outsourced track used in it's trailer.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Mechasheeva, the hate is for the guy he hired

    by Jaka

    At least it is from where I sit.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Mech - What the hell do you people want?

    by ObiBen

    New stuff worth watching that goes beyond bright colors and shiny stuff.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Every Trek had bad exposition. Shit, Nemesis made a movie out of it.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Do they understand this is not a TV series?

    by kabong

    There is no audience to be milked for seven years.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    Ripley, Newt, Higgs, Bishop, The Alien Queen, and the rest will end up in some psudo-limbo church construct and pass on to the afterlife at the end?

  • July 28, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Not sure how I feel about this

    by CrunchyMilk

    I watched very little of Lost, so I guess I shouldn't judge, but this does not feel like excellent or even good news to me. I liked Star Trek, but Alien is a totally different beast. Just because he wrote a movie that took place in space does not mean that, well, you see where I'm going with this.

  • July 28, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Guys, Alien is not Lost

    by RPLocke

    Why would Damon write Alien like Lost? There were many people involved with Lost. I'm sure Alien 5 will be the same crapfest movie you guys are used to.

  • July 28, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    *yawn* At least we know we WON'T get answers!

    by ToMonicker

    Mhuhaha! Space Jockey is Samuel(whatever)<p> Just kidding. Mostly. <p> I'd be more impressed if he "ghost" wrote it, and knocked our socks off... and later revealed his cred.

  • July 28, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    I still think is such a bad idea. Its bound to

    by southafricanguy

    dissapoint. Scott isnt on his game that much these days imho, and prequals almost always suck/dissapoint in large part because they remove the mystery from things we love. We do not, I reapt DO NOT need to know where the xenomorphs come from....

  • July 28, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Great Lines From The Wrestler

    by Autodidact

    I can't think of any off-hand. Did anyone else wish he woulda dove over that butcher's counter and souplexed the old lady into a stack of cans?

  • July 28, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Nice Gayus Not So Nice

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    Here is the thing Nice Gayus. Don Murphy is the air that you breathe and the food that you chew. Before Don Murphy you sold pencils on the freeway. Now you get to clean out public lavatories. One day you will even have a brush. Apologize to Don Murphy. He won't forgive you or even like you but maybe you could learn to like yourself.

  • July 28, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    How do humans fit into this movie??

    by darthwaz1

    The space jockey has been there so long it's fossilized! It's older than humanity! Hopefully it's not some time travel bullshit like that lame trek movie. None of these studios would ever greenlight a movie that doesn't have people in it. So this won't be a simply a movie about space jockey's vs. aliens, humans will have to figure into it, which means time travel. Fuck hollywood and fuck this movie.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Face Hugger is now a punk

    by InActionMan

    with daddy issues that starts fights in bars.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by tritium

    Technically, the term should be "mummified". Even Kane got it wrong in the movie. Or the script got it wrong, to be exact.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    He works for Orci and Kurtzman

    by conspiracy

    It's as if you are saying.." I can't afford to hire the "Hot at the moment" HACK A-list writers so I'll hire their go'fer!"?</p><p>This is like hiring the fluffers fluffer.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    supposedly this script had a gay romance and

    by Waka_Flocka

    some alien fucking. or something like that. sounded well weird. glad he's rewriting it

  • July 29, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    The Lost Ending Didn't Suck

    by res8323

    I don't feel like an idiot for liking the Lost ending. The series built to an epic conclusion, and answered most of the on-Island questions throughout season six. The Jack-Locke fight was great and the character arcs paid off. The white light/limbo stuff wasn't amazing, but that wasn't hinted at throughout the entire series, just season six. With the exception of a few lingering questions, they did a nice wrap up. I think Lindelof has it in him to knock this one solidly out of the park.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Put some battleships in this movie

    by yippe_ki_yay

    anyone knows that's a good idea...and have widmore say you damn dirty aliens sunk my battleship

  • July 29, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Keep that hack away from this movie

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    While the lost finale was halfway decent, overall season 6 was the biggest letdown final season in tv history.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    "and answered most of the on-Island questions"

    by Shermdawg

    There's a video on College Humor that will change your mind.

  • July 29, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Sicuv Uyall

    the way J.J.'s Spock said "Live Long and prosper" as a way of saying fuck you to the counsel was fucking cool. So to Kwitsackherderback, live long and prosper, you fucking geek.

  • July 29, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    How can this be worse than Alien 4

    by RPLocke

    or Alien VS Predator 1 through 10, or Predators?

  • July 29, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST


    by carraway

    I hope they show a blooper reel of Ridley Scott actually throwing up after reading a script from the Abrams school of film writing.

  • July 29, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Sicuv Uyall

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yeah, thats an awesome piece of screenwriting dickhead.

  • July 29, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    Ripley has a beer and cheets on Hicks

    by _Venkman

  • July 29, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    No...God....No !!!


    Yep, that's right...go and choose a writer who'll not only confuse himself, but everyone else as well...I'm sure they could have asked Chris Nolan's brother to write it instead...(miles better)...and for the final time, quit it with the sodding prequels...I'm happy to watch Mary Elizabeth Winstead frolicing around, but NOT in the bloody 'The Thing Prequel' (what did the Norwegians do?) which is currently being shot...and NO Predators / Fishburne prequel that's being when is the last time Ridders made a really good movie - American Gangster ?

  • July 29, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST



    Perhaps they can bring out of retirement, the dude (s) who wrote an entire season of Dallas, where the series finale was Bobby Ewing and Pammy realising it was all a dream...or was that pre-pubescent Lindelof (????)

  • July 29, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Just went from "must see" to "fuck me"

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    In thirteen letters - D-A-M-O-N L-I-N-D-E-L-O-F. The last season of "Lost" fucking sealed your fate with me, Ass Clown.<p>And thanks for mentioning that he co-wrote "Cowboys and Aliens." Now I'll be avoiding that, too.

  • July 29, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Let the Alien franchise die

    by Nonoche

    I agree with some talkbackers that the franchise has been milked to its last drop. There's nothing new and interesting to explore with the Aliens. Gimmicks, at best. The monster has been denatured into a mere dangerous animal by Alien Resurrection. Compare that to the crap-in-your-pants-ness of the invulnerable force of nature that it was in the first movie. Heck, Ripley only could get rid of it in space, where it still was pretty much a happy camper. We've seen aliens slaughtered, breeded and somewhat tamed since. Move on, sadly these creatures have lost their nightmare-inducing nature.

  • July 29, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I always wondered what route...

    by Cervantes

    ...the mooted Ridley/Cameron team-up after ALIENS would have taken...<P>Would it have involved this kind of 'prequel'-esque storyline, or would it have been the kickass, Earth-bound ALIEN 3 that the early teasers for that hinted at?<P>Still not convinced that this intended 'backstory' of 'planet terraforming'/'explaining the Space Jockey's suit origins' idea is best way for Ridley to go...but I guess I'm still willing to wait and see what he can come up with concerning anything ALIEN-related whatsoever.<P>It's got to be far better than some talentless hack being given another shot at the franchise again surely?

  • July 29, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    And I mean a director, not Lindelof...

    by Cervantes

  • July 29, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by heyscot


  • July 29, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    It turns out the Space Jockey was dead all along...

    by photoboy

    ... and all the Alien films were just him in the afterlife.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    well thats that movie fucked then

    by lostboytexas

    the alien prequel will make alien 4 look like alien 2

  • July 29, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson

    by alcester

    No Mel Gibson, no ALIEN!

  • July 29, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Great. Now we'll get no explanations and

    by TheWaqman

    flashbacks up the ass of this film.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    It's a shame really...

    by windomearle39

    I'd rather see a sequel to Aliens (ignoring 3 + 4) rather than a prequel. Colonial Marines, Alien homeworld etc. Not going to happen I know but I wouldn't have worried about timelines and continuity etc - the whole thing has already been buggered up and you may as well go all out and make a really cool action/horror film.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    If anyone from "Lost" is involved, I'm walking away.

    by jawsfan

    "Lost" is, was, and will always be a complete piece of shit.

  • July 29, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Cue giant Jockey. Out pops cute starlet.

    by OnO

    Please scrap the whole Mecha Suit for the jockey pilot. No one wants an actor with cute little star trek nose ridges clamoring out of what should be left as an enigma. I mean for Dagon's sakes someone tried to burn the Jockey's prop because they thought it was the work of the Devil! Don't fuck up a great story device. I fucking hate Hollywood for all it's betrayals you whore!

  • July 29, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by TheApostle

    No where in the promos will they say this movie is from the writer of Lost. People may not know Lindelof's name but they know Lost sucked. No Studio would want their movie associated with Lost.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    And Lost haters run in to vent in 3...2...too late.

    by parissun

    Yawn, move on with your lives already. Kate shot first. Hahahahhahahahahaha.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Anybody who doesn't think this is great news is a MORON.

    by HoboCode

    This is not my opinion. This is FACT. Now shut the fuck up you sad motherfuckers.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I'm one of those who didn't like the season finale

    by Juggernaut125

    of Lost. If you did, good for you. That's your opinion and you are welcome to it. I however, did not and as such I won't be seeing anything else with Lindlehof involved in it. I don't care if it's good. I don't care if it's bad. I don't care if it's the second coming of Marlon Brando with Marylin Monroe sucking his dick. If it's got this guy's name on it. I won't pay money for it. That's how I vote.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Bummer: goes from must-see to may-rent

    by Flip63Hole

    Anybody involved with Lost is an interest killer in my book

  • July 29, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    AVP 1, 2 and Predators...

    by darthwaz1

    All fun popcorn flicks in my opinion. By no means good movies like Alien 1-3 or the first 2 pred movies.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Because Scott has no idea what to do

    by j_difool

    Scott is a rudderless ship. get me a writer. a good writer that people like. i make pretty pictures. get me someone who can tell a good story. because i have no idea what that is.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by lostboytexas

    earning your name with each and every post

  • July 29, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    well Predators was fucking garbage

    by lostboytexas

    why not a garbage Alien prequel too?

  • July 29, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof will be fucking AMAZING

    by A G

    Despite Lost's shockingly poor 6th season.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Got here far too fucking late....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ... to crack any joke. Bugger!!!!

  • July 29, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    This is BAD news

    by Suskis

    I had been an avid LOST fan until its ending, that pissed me off even more than Galactica did. I mean: I HATED it! The lack of respect for the audience was so total that I felt shocked. I had no hopes for this movie, as Scott, in my eyes, stopped directing good movies after Thelma & Louise. This just confirms me that the old man is just milking a dead cow. Now, there's only 1 thing I fear even more: Scott touching Blade Runner...

  • July 29, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    a movie we do not need

    by disfigurehead

  • July 29, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Great, LV-426 will be purgatory

    by SithMenace

    And God created the Aliens with a mysterious life force pool.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Alien prequel? A reboot would be a better idea...

    by Mrhazard

    Either way, I'm done with the whole Alien/Predator series anyway... There's really not much more you can do with the franchise...

  • July 29, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    And I liked the LOST finale...

    by Mrhazard

  • July 29, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    LOL at the Haters

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    You guys are fucking idiots...but Lindelof isn't an idiot...he knows what Alien's not going to be Lost or Star Trek you clowns

  • July 29, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by TheApostle

    I love it when idiots call people "haters" because something is being criticized. First of all, the word is fucked out. Second, it doesn't apply in the situation of fans criticizing Lost.

  • July 29, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    total recalll..

    by emeraldboy

    is getting remade. by les wisemen. i cant see anyone else doing the line if im not doug quaid, den who de hell i am.

  • July 29, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    total recalll..

    by emeraldboy

    is getting remade. by les wisemen. i cant see anyone else doing the line if im not doug quaid, den who de hell i am. like arnie

  • July 29, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Hire name-of-the-season "writer" to take a pass at script

    by kabong

    Standard useless "producer" move . . . supposedly to inspire investor confidence. <p> Is this site slow today or do I have a dirty keyboard?

  • July 29, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Can someone explain the plot of the newest Trek film?

    by Dan Halen

    Spock tries to save the Romulan planet. In return for this Eric Bana decides to hunt him down and kill him? Huh? How about a thank you. Can someone explain this?

  • July 29, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Unnecessary backstory

    by kolchak

    Will spoil the original.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Wow, a frequent collaborator of the Idiot Abrams, Porki Orci and Clueless Kurtzman writing the script, and Ridley no longer confirmed to direct. Goodbye, Alien Prequel!

  • July 29, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    dan halen...

    by emeraldboy

    urg....I....dont...want...agree...asiidiot....I liked star trek alot and saw it twice. I think JJ did a great job of re-launching star trek. but the vulcan/romulan plot made no sense. I and seriously wanted to punch simon pegg.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    This will be the "Across The Sea" of Alien movies


    After watching it, an entire audience will shit into a bucket and then rub it in their own faces in an attempt to create a situation more nightmarish than the one they've just experienced.<p>Don't do it Ridley Scott!

  • July 29, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    LMAO, Christian Bale Trashed My Lights!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    That shit was fun-nay! For realz LOL!

  • July 29, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Can we please get an ending...

    by Verbal Kombat

    that doesn't take an hour to explain, and doesn't leave several plot threads hanging with the writer passing off as "ambiguous" or "open to interpretation." Cause if that happens it will REALLY piss me off. On it's most basic level, the first Alien film was a slasher film with a simple Roger Corman formula: Taken seven people to a house and chop them up. Substitute the spaceship for a house and the Alien for a slasher. As the twist you make the least likely person to survive the one who survives. Keep it simple people. I'm not saying repeat the formula but maybe switch it up a bit. Boy meet girl. Boy loses girl on Alien planet. Boy blows S@#! up. If you don't agree with me fine, that's some something to think about.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    "That's Just Something to think about"

    by Verbal Kombat


  • July 29, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    "That's Just Something to think about"

    by Verbal Kombat


  • July 30, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Nothing is good.

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    There is not one film ever made that's any good. It's all crap. If any of you like anything, you're fucking retarded.

  • July 30, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    "I saw Star Trek once..."

    by blunted666

    "only a complete idiot would ever sit through it again." Give me a break. Like it's Manos: Hands Of Fate now or something. The imagination on some of you tools.

  • July 30, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by blunted666

    Yeah, just a *few* lingering questions. Like the 100 they crammed Micro-Machines-Talker-style into that 5 minute College Humor video. But other than that, everything made perfect sense.