Rumor of the Day: Prometheus sequel headed for development hell?

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Mar 27, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

Though fans were mixed, Ridley Scott’s Alien non-prequel Prometheus was still a box-office hit, so work is already well underway on a sequel. But some new behind-the-scenes issues have apparently surfaced that could land the project in limbo.

We heard late last year that the original film’s co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost) would not be returning for the sequel, and now a report has leaked out that his exit could have long-lasting implications for the project.

Writer Jon Spaihts worked up the original draft for the first film, but the studio brought in Lindelof to take another pass at it because it was apparently a little too much like Alien. Lindelof also helped flesh out some of the bigger ideas in the final act, which are a pretty insane (and obvious) setup for a sequel.

But after he bailed, Bloody Disgusting is reporting the studio started “freaking out” over how to continue the story that will find Noomi Rapace’s character heading into deep space in search of our alien creators.

To make matters worse, Lindelof’s rewrite reportedly made enough changes that Spaihts’ original idea to continue the franchise doesn’t fit with the new ending, so the studio is scrambling to get a viable script worked out to keep the franchise running.

If they can’t, Prometheus 2 could end before it even begins.

Of course, bear in mind this is all based on anonymous sources, so take it with a grain of salt until we hear anything more. You also have to take into account that director Ridley Scott still had a hand in the development process of the first film and could already have a grand plan mapped out in his head for the sequel.

So how would you like to see the story continue?

(Via Bloody Disgusting)