'Alien' Prequel Getting A Rewrite From 'Lost' Showrunner Damon Lindelof... Or Maybe Not

You know that "Alien" prequel that Ridley Scott intends to direct? Well if it's possible, things just got even more interesting on that front. Deadline reported late yesterday that "Lost" writer and showrunner Damon Lindelof met with Scott and Fox execs about giving the script a rewrite. Lindelof, who considers the seminal sci-fi work one of his great inspirations, jumped at the opportunity. Sending certain members of the "Star Trek" fan community into a rage, as Lindelof is presumably busy right now working with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on the "Trek" sequel.

That's not all. In an interesting twist, Lindelof's meeting with Fox yielded some ideas that may spin off into their own "free standing science fiction film." Whether that would be in addition to the "Alien" rewrite or instead isn't entirely clear. But it's a big development for a project that people were already watching very closely; Scott and Lindelof together though? That's about as unlikely -- and awesome -- a pairing as Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron!