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‘Prometheus’ Sequel Confirmed. Can We Please Get a Writer Who Knows What a Story Is, Please?

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bill-swift - August 2, 2012

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ridley Scott's Prometheus, this year's most anticipated disappointing movie will indeed be getting a sequel, tentatively titled Paradise. Fox excecutives confirmed the follow-up and a plot will likely center around Noomie Rapace and android Michael Fassbender venturing the Engineer's home planet where things will not be so much like paradise as the title may imply.

Who cares about the Engineers? Who cares about their home planet? There was nothing interesting about them. They were part of a story that had no cohesive narrative or continuity of logic. Don't they realize that all we want to see are more xenomorphs!? And I blame one man in particular for why no one seemed to care about anything at all from Prometheus: Damon Lindelof.

The Lost co-creator may have been the genre-world's biggest hero, but he proved himself a lazy, pretentious hack when he culled together the mess of twenty different movies to write Prometheus. Luckily folks, it's been confirmed that Fox is already looking for new writers on the project as Lindelof 'may not be available.'

May not be available? What's he too busy doing? Reading all the hate mail that still comes in from people who watched the last episode of Lost? Let's take this as a blessing in disguise though and figure out who would be the writer we want to reenter the world of Prometheus? 

Duncan Jones. Jones' 2009 film Moon was an exercise in smart, simple sci-fi writing (not unlike the original Alien). It was contained, small and yet big in its ideas and implications. Basically it's everything people expected to the Alien-prequel but got none of.

Jonathan Nolan. Nolan has already made on foray away from big brother Chris with the TV series Person of Interest (starring Lindelof-chess piece Michael Emerson), so he's due a big screen solo act. We don't need to go over his film resume, but you know the name for a reason. He's adept at big spectacle grounded with complex characters and plots.

Matt Reeves. The Cloverfield helmer wrote the script for Let Me In which managed to be terrifying, haunting and more emotional than anything in Prometheus and it didn't even have to wheel out Guy Pierce in crummy old age make-up.

Tony Gilroy. Tony has no real connection to genre, which might be a good thing as he wouldn't get lost within the world he creates. His Bourne scripts were always tight, flashy and smart with a tightly wound suspense that would translate very well to a space thriller.

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