Prometheus wasn’t as universally loved as the other high profile releases of 2012 (such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers), and has actually divided fans of the Alien films as far as quality is concerned, but it did well enough at the box office, and the creators are confident enough that plans for the sequel are already afoot. The film’s open-ended conclusion certainly makes a sequel possible.
Unfortunately, screenwriter Damon Lindelof will not be writing the second installment due to the amount of time the project demands:
“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite,” explains Lindelof. “Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus.
“The idea of building a sequel to it – from the ground up this time – with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, ‘Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.’ I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time.
“So I said to him, ‘I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.’ And he was like, ‘Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.’ He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”