There was a worrying report a few months back that Prometheus 2 was in a bit of a mess, and that Fox were “freaking out” over how to continue the story. However, things have settled down now, and after Damon Lindelof decided not to return to pen the sequel, Fox were able to move on and try and find a new writer, and it sounds like they may have found their man.
Jack Paglen is in negotiations to really step up to the big leagues as Fox and Ridley Scott are talking to him to pen the sequel. Paglen was recently noticed after writing the Black List script for Transcendence, and now that script is being made into a massive sci-fi film by long time Christoper Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister. He will direct and Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara will all be appearing in the film.
The story of Transcendence is a complicated one, and is being heavily guarded, but it caught the eye of Fox and Scott, and they believe this is the man to delve deeper into Scott’s universe. The good news here is that after some panic, and not a lot since, we now know that things are really starting to move forward on the Prometheus sequel, but there’s even more news.
The report, published by Variety, also says that both Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return. They were both last seen flying off to find The Engineers home planet at the end of Prometheus, and the sequel is expected to continue that story.
However, what is less certain is whether Ridley Scott will return as director. He is definitely going to produce the sequel for Fox, but his busy schedule might result in a new director coming on board to direct. Scott is currently in post-production on The Counselor, and he still has that Blade Runner sequel on the horizon. However, he is very keen to get started on his Moses epic, Exodus, and he has reportedly been seen scouting locations to film in Spain. Exodus already has a slated release of 2014, so it is very likely Scott will move on to this next.
Where the problem lies is that Fox want the Prometheus sequel in cinemas no later than 2015, but with Exodus expected to shoot for 19 weeks, it is a massive project and it is doubtful Scott would have the time to do this and Prometheus 2. So, it is very likely a new director will be brought in for the sequel, which is not exactly a bad thing.
The only question is, who will it be…