Looks like Damon Lindelof is going to leverage his Star Trek prequeling to another sci-fi franchise. Star Trek producer and Lost writer/executive producer Damon Lindelof has reportedly closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to do some rewrite work on Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel. Lindelof may also have nabbed a new original sci-fi project for the studio.
Lindelof to do Alien prequel + possible new sci-fi movie
As Star Trek fans are well aware, Damon Lindelof is currently in the process of writing the script for the Star Trek sequel with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Damon is also credited as one of the five producers as well. And according to Deadline New York Lindelof has picked up some more work to "rewrite" the Alien prequel script, currently in development at 20th Century Fox, with Ridley Scott back as director. According to the report 20th Century is hoping the project will be the next that Scott directs.
The article also points out that the talks between the studio, Lindelof and Scott went so well that Lindelof may end up doing a solo sci-fi project for the studio:
In a development as vexing as a Lost plotline, studio insiders said that while Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film. The studio will decide when Lindelof turns it in.
Lindelof is also credited as a co-writer (again with Kurtzman and Orci) on the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys & Aliens which is currently in production and is slated for release on July 29, 2011.
Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman/Lindelof biting off too much?
Our friend and fellow nerd Jordan Hoffman of UGO has snapped. This news has pushed him over the edge. He is now very concerned that the ‘Star Trek Supreme Court’ are doing too many projects and they should just stop it all and focus on Trek. Here is his video rant: