Ridley Scott is busier than ever, and there has been some speculation as to whether or not he would revisit the world of Blade Runner or Alien first. As suspected, the prolific filmmaker has confirmed that Prometheus 2, a sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus, will be his next movie as a director. He has The Martian coming out this October, but as soon as it was wrapped, he didn't hesitate to jump into preproduction on this upcoming sci-fi thriller.
Prometheus originated as a prologue to the action seen in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror classic Alien. But the movie morphed into something much greater than a mere prequel, becoming its own thing and igniting a new franchise for 20th Century Fox. It took some pretty complicated ideas head-on and in turn tore audiences in two. Some longtime fans loved it, others hated it, but there is no denying it is interesting. And it did leave off with one heck of a cliffhanger, which is the starting point for Prometheus 2. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the only two surviving characters from Prometheus, are confirmed to return.Read More
Kate Mara has signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller Morgan, which will mark the feature directorial debut of Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott. Anya Taylor-Joy, who had a breakout performance in the Sundance thriller The Witch, is in final negotiations to co-star alongside Kate Mara. Ridley Scott will produce, with Seth Owens writing the screenplay, which landed on The Black List as one of the top unproduced screenplays in 2014.
The story centers on a risk management consultant who is brought in to a remote research lab to determine whether or not an "at-risk artificial being" should be terminated or not. No details were given for Kate Mara or Anya Taylor-Joy's characters at this time. Luke Scott has directed two short films and served as a second unit director for his father Ridley Scott on last year's Exodus: Gods and Kings. Luke Scott is actually the third of Ridley's children to step behidn the camera. His daughter Jordan Scott directed the 2009 drama Cracks, and his son Jake Scott directed Welcome to the Rileys.Read More
In what may seem like an odd story, director Ridley Scott has sent the screenplay title page of his latest project The Martian into space. The page was taken for a ride on the maiden voyage of NASA's Orion Spacecraft, and included a drawing from the director himself depicting star Matt Damon as the title character. The page was taken from the original draft by Drew Goddard.
The Martian is based on Andy Weir's self-published sci-fi novel from 2012. The story follows Matt Damon as astronaut Watney, who is part of a science team conducting experiments on Mars. A storm forces the team to evacuate, but Watney is injured and presumed dead. He gets left behind to fend for himself. With no hope of rescue and resources running thin, the stranded spaceman decides to use the power of science to keep himself alive on the barren planet.Read More
Untitled Blade Runner Project comes to theaters in 2017.Read More
Some could argue that Moses, the central character in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings is a comic book character, since there have been plenty of comic books depicting this biblical tale. And Blade Runner received a quite good comic book adaptation upon its release in 1982 from Marvel. But never in his career has Ridley Scott set out to directly adapt an existing comic book or superhero for the big screen. And its not likely to happen either.
While Ridley Scott doesn't want to make a comic book movie, that doesn't mean it will never happen. Though, it's not likely to be anytime soon. The director will next adapt the novel The Martian starring Matt Damon, which in its own right could make for an appealing graphic novel. He will follow that up with Prometheus 2. As many know, the Alien franchise has been handled in comic book form quite well over the years. And then there is the Untitled Blade Runner Project, which the director has not yet decided if he will direct or not, though he will remain on as a producer. Looking at Ridley Scott's body of work, he's basically done the reverse of adapting a comic, with his work being adapted into comics. It seems like the tradeoff has worked in his favor.Read More
It's worth noting that last week's story from Variety offered no direct quotes with the filmmaker saying he isn't directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project. Still, it seems clear that he hasn't made up his mind about directing it quite yet. Hampton Fancher, who wrote the original Blade Runner script, developed the sequel's screenplay with the director, before Michael Green (Green Lantern) signed on last May.
Ridley Scott did reveal last week that, while Harrison Ford will be back as Deckard, the story revolves around "finding him," with the character to come in during the third act. Do you think Ridley Scott should return to the helm for this highly-anticipated sequel? Chime in with your thoughts below.Read More
During a recent interview with Variety, Ridley Scott revealed that he is no longer directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project, although he is still on board to produce. The filmmaker did reveal that production will take place sometime next year, but he didn't offer any specifics on why he isn't directing.
Oddly enough, we reported in August that another Ridley Scott sequel, Prometheus 2, may be getting delayed because he planned to direct Untitled Blade Runner Project after The Martian, which is currently in production. It's possible that it could be the other way around, and the filmmaker's commitment to Prometheus 2 may have forced him to step away from directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project. Regardless, the Untitled Blade Runner Project is still reportedly set to start shooting next year. Are you upset that Ridley Scott won't be at the helm? Who should replace him? Chime in with your thoughts below.Read More