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'Prometheus' sequel to be penned by 'Blade Runner' screenwriter

Michael Fassbender is set to return in 'Prometheus' sequel
Michael Fassbender is set to return in 'Prometheus' sequel
Michael Fassbender is set to return in 'Prometheus' sequel

On March 24, 2014, The Wrap broke the news that the sequel for 'Prometheus' is moving forward, and has found a writer; Michael Green. The sequel will be directed by Ridley Scott, who helmed the original.

Green's previous credits include working on 'Green Lantern', 'Smallville', 'Heroes', and most significantly for Ridley Scott fans, a script for the upcoming 'Blade Runner' sequel (or prequel. Reports are vague, but Harrison Ford has hinted he might return as Rick Deckard).

The Wrap also notes that the sequel has a tentative release date in March, 2016.

Green will be rewriting the first draft written by Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”).

Story rumors are vague, but it's been hinted that the new film will be much more 'Alien'-centric, and may feature multiple David androids (played by Michael Fassbender).

I must admit, my heart skipped a beat when I thought the screenwriter in question was Hampton Fancher, the writer of the original 'Blade Runner' screenplay. But Green's pedigree is pretty splotchy.

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' was a polarizing picture. It looked great, but the threadbare script and cop-out ending angered many 'Alien' fans, who leveled the blame at screenwriter Damon Lindleof ('Lost'). A writer notorious for vague, unresolved endings, he was a poor choice for a movie that needs at least some scientific authenticity and grit in its terminology to match the bleak dread of 'Alien.'

Lindelof said he turned down the chance to write the sequel, but there was likely little to no chance of him returning given the controversies.

Given that 'Green Lantern' was one of the worst comic book movies to date, this hints that Green might not be much of an upgrade from Lindelof.

And now he's in charge of reinvigorating Scott's most beloved films. All bets are off as to what the finished product will be, but one hopes it will have more substance this time around.

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