a) Introducing Jon Spaihts
Variety mentioned that the script writer "is one Jon Spaihts has become a go-to-guy for space thrillers. After Keanu Reeves became attached to his Warner Bros. sci-fi script "Shadow 19," Reeves hired Spaihts to write the space journey epic "Passengers," which is berthed at Morgan Creek. That script got Spaihts the meeting with Fox and Scott Free, and he won the job with an "Alien" reboot take that the studio and Scott loved. Fox has separately hired him to rewrite "The Darkest Hour," which Timur Bekmambetov is to produce with Tom Jacobson. Spaihts is writing "Children of Mars" for Disney and Scott Rudin, and he will follow by rewriting "St. George and the Dragon" for Sony and Red Wagon." (Jul. 30, 2009)
b) Illuminati echoes
On Twitter he promotes himself as Screenwriter (Prometheus, Passengers). Photographer. Illuminatus. What exactly an Illuminatus is supposed to be is not exactly known other than the Latin for "enlightened", although the word is featured in the name of the book The Illuminatus Trilogy. With Alex Jones the conspiracy theorist claiming that Prometheus is a product of the Illuminati, a secret organisation that is keen to bring something known as the New World Order to the planet, it seems slightly unsettling as if Spaihts is only happy to have Prometheus set ablaze with conspiracy discussion.
(See: Alex Jones and Prometheus )