Quick quiz: do you want to see a second Blade Runner? Are you eager for the world of Prometheus to expand? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we’ve got good news for you. If you’re not too stoked about either possibility, we apologize profusely.
Filmmaker Ridley Scott recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to chat about his jam-packed schedule — including both sequels, The Martian, and various other “ducks” — and how it will impact not only filming times but his actual involvement in all the projects. Looks like Scott is going to be pretty busy for a long while. First up, Scott is currently finishing up his winter release, Exodus: Gods and Monsters, which will arrive on December 12. The Christian Bale- and Joel Edgerton-starring epic looks, well, kind of questionable, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
After Exodus is done and out, Scott will next tackle The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name. As ever, Scott has star power to back up his endeavor: Matt Damon will star in the film. EW intriguingly describes the story as one centered on “Mark Watney, an astronaut who becomes stranded and assumed dead on Mars after a deadly storm.” Weir’s book then follows Mark as he attempts to basically wait it out on Mars, with the promise of another space crew arriving sometime later (uh, four years later, so Mark is going to have a lot of time on his hands).
The film is likely to start shooting this November, as it’s slated to release in November of 2015. Weir’s novel was first published in 2011, when the author actually took the self-publishing route to get it out into the world. Crown later picked up the rights, and it was re-published for mass consumption earlier this year.
But what about everything else going on in Scott’s life? There’s still no official word on whether or not Scott will direct the Blade Runner sequel or the Prometheus sequel, but he’s hard at work on both.
When it comes to Blade Runner, Scott says: “It’s written and it’s damn good…Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident…So yes, that will happen.” Back in May, the film’s producers made the, uh, offbeat decision to issue a public press release all but begging for Ford to return to the project. Although Scott still wants Ford to return, the actor and his team have resisted making a formal announcement either way.
If Blade Runner 2 does pan out, it will likely begin production after The Martian, which just leaves the second Prometheus. “That’s the problem,” Scott told EW. “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.” Hmm. The second Blade Runner has been penned by original scribe Hampton Fancher alongside Michael Green, while the second Prometheus has been written by Green and Jack Paglen.
Which of these projects are you looking forward to the most?
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