BD claimed that the “freak out” was due to Lindelof jumping ship and leaving Fox and Scott without a script for the follow-up, despite the fact that one could easily see Scott hiring another screenwriter to continue with the idea for the Prometheus sequel that he himself developed alongside Lindelof.
Naturally this report caused quite a bit of commotion, and the folks over at /Film reached out to Lindelof for a clarification on the matter. The scribe responded with a lengthy and genial letter in which he reiterated the fact that when he was brought on to rewrite the script for Prometheus, there was a strong desire from all involved (including Fox and Scott) for the film “to launch off in its own way so that by the end, it would not connect directly to the original Alien, but instead run parallel to it.”
Lindelof went on to explain once again that he declined to pen the sequel due to his busy schedule, and directly addressed the claims that Scott and Fox are in a tiff over how to continue the story:
“As to whether Ridley and Fox are ‘freaking out’ about me not working on a sequel, well that’s news to me. I retain awesome relationships with both. More importantly, the idea that there aren’t many, MANY writers out there capable of taking the reins is sort of ridiculous. I did not map out a trilogy and then walk when the going got tough. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know me and doesn’t know the truth.”