Yesterday a rumor was circulating that Fox was "freaking out" because Damon Lindelof left them high and dry after Prometheus. Claiming that Lindelof's exit from the project after a flood of bad reviews has left possibilities of a sequel or the promised trilogy in the wind. But now Lindelof has responded to the rumors, dismissing any sort of bad blood between the studio and Ridley with his own truth.
Slashfilm spoke with the self-proclaimed "internet whipping boy" via email, and here's what he had to say:
“During the creative process of Prometheus, all involved (that includes Fox and Ridley) had a strong desire for this film to launch off in its own way so that by the end, it would not connect directly to the original ALIEN, but instead run parallel to it. This is something that I talked about many, many times in the press burst around the release of the movie. As you probably remember, there was a lot of interest as to whether Prometheus was a “prequel” — the answer was, “Yes. Sort of. But if there was a sequel to Prometheus, it would not be ALIEN[...]
As to whether Ridley and Fox are “freaking out” about me not working on a sequel, well, that’s news to me. I retain awesome relationships with both. More importantly, the idea that there aren’t many, MANY writers out there capable of taking the reins is sort of ridiculous. I did not map out a trilogy and then walk when the going got tough. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know me and doesn’t know the truth.”
So, there you have it. Bloody Disgusting actually added updates to their original report that Fox had always planned a trilogy to this movie, so that lines up quite nicely with what Lindelof is saying. And we tend to agree that it's simply ridiculous to think that there isn't a single talented writer on the planet who can save this franchise. There has to be, I pray to the Cthulhu Monster every night that the one will appear and fix the terribleness that was inflicted to this great movie legacy.
For more information read the whole email response from Lindelof over at Slashfilm.