“Prometheus” sequel a go, potentially without Damon Lindelof; Fox eyes 2014 or ’15 release

20th Century Fox is reported to be pursuing a sequel to "Prometheus" for release in 2014 or 2015, potentially without writer Damon Lindelof.Damon Lindelof’s script for “Prometheus” (co-written with Josh Spaihts) was filled with questions, but not many answers. What were the capsules full of black goo, exactly? What were the aliens from “Alien” doing there, anyway? Presumably, both entities related to the planned destruction of Earth, but the audience wasn’t given anything specific beyond that.

Every time I personally press fans of the film on these questions–which are severely problematic to the movie, in my opinion–they inevitably tell me that Lindelof and company were simply “setting up a sequel.”

Well, it looks like director Ridley Scott and much of the “Prometheus” team will get the opportunity to make said sequel and answer the aforementioned questions, as The Hollywood Reporter has learned from Fox head of production Emma Watts. However, Lindelof may not be the one providing the answers, due to availability issues.

Given that the script is the most flawed aspect of “Prometheus,” which is otherwise well-directed and visually gorgeous, that’s good news for all but diehard “Lost” fans, who are in unconditional love with Lindelof (the creator of the popular ABC show).

In fact, the possible inclusion of a new writer sets the sequel up to be a do-over in which the proceedings aren’t dominated by such vagaries. Hooray!

Stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are signed on and Fox is said to be eyeing a release date in 2014 or 2015. The firm detail with which this news is being reported signals that the project is very likely to become a reality, which was all but certain in light of the $130m-budgeted original’s good-but-not-outstanding box office returns.