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The Wrap is reporting that Fox has hired Jack Paglen to write the screenplay for the sequel to last year’s very divisive, PROMETHEUS. Ridley Scott has signed off on Paglen’s take and according to the report, a deal is imminent.
This is good news for those of you who liked PROMETHEUS, (I am one of those) as we had just heard a few months ago that the sequel was being held up, because nobody was sure how to proceed with the story. It appears that Paglen figured something out that impressed the studio and Ridley Scott (or they just really want to get a sequel made).
Paglen is relatively new to Hollywood, with his only screenwriting credit being the script for Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut, TRANSCENDENCE. With that, it is hard to be excited one way or the other because I don’t know what I think of his writing yet. Obviously, his writing is attracting some serious talent so there must be a lot of potential with him but I don’t want to get my hopes too high before I actually see his work.
I know there are a lot of you who absolutely hated PROMETHEUS and most of the criticism people bring up is totally valid. I did not hate it and in fact, loved it the first time I saw it. On subsequent viewings though, my opinion on the film has gone down as I have recognized a lot of the flaws the film has. Hopefully, Scott has also recognized these flaws and listened to the criticism, and will make a better sequel because of it.
I am still interested in the sequel though, and I specifically want to see if they are going to move closer to the ALIEN franchise and mythology or try to distance it more. My biggest issue with the original was that it didn’t seem sure on what it wanted to do. Did it want to add to the ALIEN mythology or branch off and create it's own? That question seemed to stump the filmmakers, as they tried to go in both directions and didn't end up doing either particularly well.
It did set itself up to continue the story and with a worldwide gross of $403 million, you can bet Fox wants this made. Will Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace return though? It would be kind of hard to continue off of the end of the first one without both of them but The Wrap's report makes it sound like they haven't signed on yet. We should hear more soon though, so stay tuned.
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