The inevitable Prometheus sequel is now on the books for Fox, and while it seems that Ridley Scott will return to direct, writer Damon Lindelof, who took the original Alien prequel script and turned it into what became Prometheus, will not be returning, which to some fans of the franchise, may be a slight relief. One of the major criticisms of the summer blockbuster came from the multitude of unanswered questions left by the film’s end, and the “is it a prequel or not?” conundrum that drew the ire of some devoted Alien fans. Lindelof is reported to not have the time to work on the sequel, and Fox is interviewing new writers to pen the upcoming film.

“Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie,” Emily Watts, president of production at 20th Century Fox reported. “But we have to get it right. We can’t rush it.” Noomi Repace and Michael Fassbender are signed to reprise their roles, although it is unclear, with Lindelof out of the picture, what parts of the story the sequel will follow. Lindelof created the parts of the story centered on the search for the origin of humanity, but a new writer may take the story in another direction entirely. (And hopefully fill in some of those plot holes?)

Scott is currently filming The Counselor, slated for release in 2013, so the Prometheus sequel probably won’t hit theaters until 2014 at the earliest. Do you think the Alien-prequel-but-not-really-but-seriously-it’s-a-prequel merits a sequel? If so, where would you like to see the story go?