If it's crap ... We'll tell you
In 2012, one of my most anticipated films was Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus,' the prequel to his own 'Alien.' It promised to be a stellar return to the 'Alien' universe, one that wouldn't involve Predators or Winona Ryder. While the latter two things didn't appear in 'Prometheus,' neither unfortunately did a cohesive narrative. The movie turned out to be one of the most disappointing films of this year, and left a bad taste in the mouths of both 'Alien' fans and those allergic to enormous plot holes. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof has been rather honest and self-effacing about his 'Prometheus' script, and yet we knew that a sequel to the sci-fi epic was in the works. Would Lindelof be returning to take another crack at it? According to the man himself, no.
"The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, 'Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.' I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, 'I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.' And he was like, 'Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.' He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
I've kind of gone back and forth on my estimation of Lindelof. I still enjoy the spectacle of 'Prometheus,' but recognize its innumerable faults. Story-wise, it was an unmitigated disaster. At fist, I praised Lindelof for making fun of himself via Twitter, making jokes about things that had more holes than his own 'Prometheus' script, because it was the exact opposite of what I expected him, or any artist in his position, to do: obnoxiously go on the defensive. It reminded me of when Kevin Smith was able to joke about making 'Jersey Girl,' before he went coo-coo bananas and raged against anyone who disliked the abysmal 'Cop Out.' However, Lindelof has overplayed that humble hand and it's gotten to the point that we have to ask, "if it was such a big joke to you, Damon, why did you bother taking the job?" This latest comment, where he's both continuing to jab at himself but also somewhat shifting blame to Jon Spaihts, is the last straw as far as I'm concerned. You know what, Damon, I'm not a fanboy, but as a lover of competent storytelling, I AM happy you're not coming back. Thanks.
What do you guys think? Was this inevitable after the failure of 'Prometheus?' Anyone want to make a case in defense of Lindelof?