When Sir Ridley Scott needed a rewrite for his Alien prequel which had been in growth for a decade, he looked to Lost co-creator (and a single of a producers of a 2009 Star Trek movie) Damon Lindelof. Together they crafted what has become Prometheus, a sort-of prequel to a authorization which Scott launched in 1979. Speaking to a single side with Movies.com, Lindelof talks about how he sees Prometheus fitting in with a Alien universe, what it was similar to operative with Ridley Scott, as well as more. We additionally get a tiny bit of info upon Damon's subsequent project, 1952.
Movies.com: As you assimilate it, a scripting routine for Prometheus was flattering parsimonious as well as compact, as against to a Star Trek supplement which was drawn out for over a year. How would you review as well as contrariety your routine operative with JJ Abrams on Star Trek with Ridley Scott on Prometheus? Did you cite carrying a faster routine contra a some-more extensive one?
Damon Lindelof: For me it is all about a collaboration. This time around you was most some-more hands with Bob [Orci] as well as Alex [Kurtzman] from a belligerent up [on the Star Trek sequel] as well as a reason it took so prolonged was not a byproduct of anything alternative than you had a lot of things starting upon as well as it was tough to get us all focused upon a same thing during a same time. Once you got focused a essay went essentially as fast as it did for me on Prometheus.
And you consider it is value referring to which when you came in on Prometheus, my work was unequivocally heated as well as spread out out over a march of 7 or 8 months, though you was operative off this unequivocally great book which John Spaihts had written. So you was never seeking during a vacant page observant "oh god, what do you do here?" The substructure as well as most of a structure was there as well as I'm operative with Ridley Scott, who knows only what he wants to shoot. So you feel similar to a work on Prometheus was a tiny some-more similar to a 'for hire' job. The skeleton were already there as well as you was hired as a in isolation executive to come in as well as arrange of govern them. As against to Trek, where you were both a architects as well as a contractor. And which is a most some-more time-consuming process.
Movies.com: With Prometheus there seems to be an mania with a specific word "prequel," though you can all determine this is set in the Alien movie universe…
Movies.com: So if someone is a superfan of the Alien franchise, will they get a boon – in conditions of references large as well as tiny – which normal filmgoers wont?
DL: I equate myself as an Alien superfan, which for me covers Alien and Aliens, not which a alternative cinema were terrible, you would only contend you am a superfan of those dual movies. And patently which criterion stretches out in to a accumulation of alternative things, including Alien vs. Predator, etc, etc. And so if you have been articulate about a air blower upon which level, you would not instruct to know what nuggets or Easter eggs have been in a film since you have since you a ones which you instruct you to know about prior to you buy your ticket. Weyland plays a purpose in a movie, so which arrange of cements it in which universe. And there is an android in a movie, played by Michael Fassbender, which is customary handling procession for an Alien movie to have an android. So [those] have been a dual things which you longed for to contend have been a transparent tips of a top to a original Alien and Aliens, though alternative than which partial of a fun of watching Prometheus is saying where it connects as well as where it doesn't connect.
Movies.com: But though removing specific, a film does suggest those Alien superfans tiny nuggets as well as Easter eggs as well as moments of pleasure which compensate off their fandom?
DL: The answer is yes.
Damon Lindelof articulate to Michael Fassbender upon a set of "Prometheus" – Lindelof sees inclusion of android in a film as a single of a pass elements joining it to Alien universe
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Movies.com: As a air blower yourself, right divided saying where Sir Ridley Scott has taken your writing, can you speak about what were a little of your favorite moments in Prometheus?
DL: I bear a weight of kind of hating all which you write – you know, boohoo for me. Like you review this speak in Entertainment Weekly with Tim Burton as well as Johnny Depp as well as how, upon top of a modifying process, they had never essentially seen any of a 8 cinema which they had collaborated upon as well as you pronounced "Bullshit! What do you mean? You don't go to your own premiere?" But you have come to assimilate it since when you live which closely inside of a movie, it is unequivocally easy to go to a place of all a things you instruct it was as well as all a things it could have been. All of this churned with my elemental clarity of self-hatred as well as a unequivocally genuine – this is not an action you put upon – as well as a unequivocally genuine clarity which you will be detected as a rascal as well as in actuality have been called out as such upon countless times over my career. That is a single of a things which drives me as well as you don't instruct to remove which partial of me, though it additionally does take divided from my capability to suffer these things only as movies. Maybe 10 years from right divided you will be means to watch Prometheus with a little clarity of objectivity as well as be entertained by it.
Movies.com: By a approach I'm certain you listened which Lance Henriksen pronounced he "heard by a grapevine" which there is a digital chronicle of him in a film. Do you caring to criticism upon that?
DL: I am a outrageous air blower of Lance Henriksen, though you can 100% assure you which he creates no coming in Prometheus
Movies.com: Do you feel Prometheus is set up for a own sequels?
DL: Yes, if people instruct them.
Movies.com: Would you instruct to be concerned in a sequel?
DL: My feeling is, which if a film is well-received as well as people instruct an additional one, afterwards which would be a suitable time for those talks to take place, though I'm not starting to equate my chickens prior to they have been hatched. As extraordinary as an knowledge as it was, you am unequivocally meddlesome in you do a little strange stuff. And you don't only meant things which came out of my head, though some-more along a lines of not you do prequels or sequels or comic book adaptations. While all which things is amazing, you would similar to to plea myself as well as try to do something in a opposite space
Movies.com: So vocalization of strange stuff, there has been a little speak about this project 1952 — is which your subsequent thing?
DL: That is my hope. Brad Bird is hopefully starting to approach it. Movies come together as well as tumble detached all a time. So my goal is which you can get this a single done since you consider it's unequivocally cool. We have been creation progress, though you have been not there yet.
Prometheus opens in a US upon Friday, Jun 8th
What about a Star Trek sequel?
I additionally talked to Damon about a 2013 Star Trek sequel. To review my Lindelof Star Trek interview, revisit TrekMovie.com.