Writer/producer Damon Lindelof has had a bit of a creative resurgence of late with HBO’s “The Leftovers” leading to him getting some of this best career notices since his work on the early days of “Lost”.
At one time not that long ago though, fans had big issues with him – issues that came to a head with Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel project “Prometheus” which he wrote. Lindelof didn’t return for the follow-up “Alien: Covenant” which surprisingly made “Prometheus” retrospectively better.
Nevertheless he’s seen it and speaking with Collider this week, he says he’s had enough conversations with Scott to be “well informed of the director’s intentions.” He also suggested the direction another film might take:
“I think that one of the conversations that we had at the end of ‘Prometheus’ is, Shaw and David have basically locked in on the coordinates of the planet where the Engineers came from. What does that place look like? Ridley called it Paradise. What happens when they land on that planet? It doesn’t feel like they’ve gotten there yet in ‘Covenant.’
‘Covenant’ felt like it maybe was a detour prior to them arriving at the place of origin so I don’t want to spoil any place that he might still be wanting to go, but the conversations that he and I had about where the story goes next were largely about the place where the Engineers were from and less the events of ‘Covenant’.”
The big question of course is with “Alien: Covenant” having proven a disappointment at the box-office and a surprisingly divisive film amongst critics, will Scott get his chance for a third film?