Confirmed: Inevitable Prometheus sequel looking for a new writer

Prometheus, this summer's big sci-fi epic from director Ridley Scott, left so many questions unanswered at the end of the movie that a sequel seemed almost mandatory. Well, don't worry, because Scott apparently thinks so, too.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with 20th Century Fox president of production Emma Watts about the chances of a Prometheus followup, and she confirmed that Scott and the studio want to make it happen. "Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie," Watts said. "But we have to get it right. We can't rush it."

While surviving cast members Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are signed to repeat their roles in a sequel, it looks like screenwriter Damon Lindelof won't be back. The Lost co-creator, who took writer Jon Spaihts' original Alien prequel script and turned it into Prometheus, may not have time to work on a second movie, so the studio is interviewing new writers for the project.

What that means for the sequel, actually, is not entirely clear: Lindelof was pretty much responsible for the whole "origin of humankind" storyline, so we'll have to see whether another writer or writers can pick up seamlessly where he left off (and maybe fill in some of the holes in the plot that Lindelof left open, frankly).

Scott is shooting The Counselor now and always has a slew of proposed projects on his calendar, so don't expect to see Prometheus 2 until 2014 or 2015. But where do you think the story should go, and what would you like to see in a sequel?

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