Now that Lost is finally off the air, co-creator Damon Lindelof is going to have a lot more time on his hands, time which he's now using to climb mountains... figuratively. Deadline is reporting that Lindelof has been hired to do some polishing on Ridley Scott's much-ballyhooed Alien prequel, a project that he jumped at because the original 1979 film was so inspiring to him.
Reports are that meetings between Lindelof, Scott and 20th Century Fox have sparked new ideas that could lead to "a free-standing science fiction film", not just a project that would set up the events to take place in the original Alien. Scott Free will be producing the new film and Fox hopes Scott will make it his next directorial project.
Lindelof is still currently working on Cowboys & Aliens and the sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek with Alexander Kurtzmann and Roberto Orci. Scott has several options for his next directorial project, one of the most imminent being Gucci, the story of the rise and fall of the Gucci fashion empire, with Angelina Jolie circling the role of Patrizia Reggiani, who was sentenced to a 29 years in the slammer after being convicted of plotting the murder of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, after he'd taken control of the family dynasty.
Reinvigorating the Alien franchise is apparently top on Fox's list, with a forthcoming Blu-Ray and DVD box set of the first four films in the series, and plans for the prequel. Apparently, drafts of the prequel script by Jon Spaihts were so strong that they persuaded Ridley Scott to step up from just producing the film, to lensing it as director.