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'Prometheus 2' finds new screenwriter

Sequel given a green light after last year's 'Prometheus' grossed over $400m (£255m) worldwide

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Prometheus 2 appears to have found a new screenwriter.

Directed by Ridley Scott, last year's Prometheus was conceived as a sort of prequel to Scott's 1979 classic Alien. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace starred as members of a spaceship crew attempting to prevent the extinction of the human race.

When it opened last June (2012), Prometheus received a somewhat mixed response from critics and sci-fi fans. However, the film went on to gross over $400 million (£255 million) worldwide and 20th Century Fox have given a green light to the sequel.

Prometheus had a script rewritten by Lost creator Damon Lindelof from an original draft by Jon Spaihts, but Lindelof revealed last year (2013) that he won't be involved in the follow-up film. Now Jack Paglen is "in negotiations" to script Prometheus 2, THR reports, with both Fassbender and Rapace likely to return.

Paglen has also written Transcendence, an upcoming sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp. Exact plot details are being kept under wraps but Depp is believed to be playing a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a super-computer after his death.

It's the directorial debut of The Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister, who's shooting the film in LA and Boston now with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall. Transcendence is set for release on April 25, 2014.

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