So the reviews are in on Prometheus, and there is pretty much a consensus that the human aspects of the film are somewhat lacking. Visually, however, the film is an undisputed knockout.
Of course, whether it will ultimately go the distance at the box office remains to be seen, but you can definitely bet on a big opening weekend.
Already there’s talk of another film that will follow Prometheus called Paradise. As expected, every studio wants a potential franchise with multi installments, and of course Ridley Scott is also planning on another Blade Runner flick down the road, although it won’t be his next film.
As for Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who also co-created Lost, and co-wrote the screenplays for the Abrams Star Treks, his career’s currently on fire with Prometheus, and the upcoming Trek 2 next year.
As the Hollywood Reporter tells us, Lindelof clinched a three year TV deal at Warner Brothers, where JJ Abrams has also set up shop. As for whether he’ll be back for the Prometheus follow up, Lindelof told the Reporter a sequel to Prometheus isn’t necessarily a given, explaining to Todd Gilchrist: ”Ridley was very interested in talking about, ‘What are the answers to the questions that Prometheus is posing that are not necessarily definitely spelled out in the body of Prometheus?
“I said to him, we should be prepared for people to feel frustrated if we’re going to be withholding, so we have to be careful about what we’re saving for later. It’s not a foregone conclusion that there are going to be sequels, so if there isn’t [one], just be comfortable with what we gave them in this movie.”
As we’ve reported before on TG, there’s so much talk about “answered questions” in Prometheus that James Cameron even joked about doing a sequel to the film, at least until everyone finally realized it was an April Fool’s Day joke.
As you’ve also read here on TG, we’re big fans of movies that don’t (initially) answer everyone’s questions, because it’s fun to come up with your own theories and ideas. Obviously, one shouldn’t have huge, gaping gaps in storytelling and logic, but Blade Runner will always have tons of fans, whether they know Harrison Ford’s a replicant or not.
Lindelof is also doing 1952, which the Reporter calls “an epic tentpole written for Disney that is shrouded in secrecy,” with Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) directing. But again, as Lindelof noted, “If Ridley wants me to be involved in something, [it] would be hard to say no.”