It's offical: Damon Lindelof will not be writing the script for the sequel to Prometheus. Speaking to Collider at an event for the Star Trek sequel, the screenwriter confirmed rumors that he will be unavailable due to the project he's working on with Brad Bird.
From the interview:
"The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. 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."
As he references in his comments, Lindelof was criticised by fans after the film's release, many of them blaming him for the film's creative shortcomings. No word yet on who will replace Lindelof to write the sequel, but at least we know it won't be Tyler Perry - he's too busy writing his own sci-fi flick in response to Prometheus. Oh well.