Ridley Scott Says ‘Blade Runner 2′ Script Done; May Film After ‘The Martian’

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Ridley Scott has averaged (nearly) a movie a year since the start of the 21st century, and he doesn’t look to slow down the pace soon. Case in point, the news that Scott was interested in directing the sci-fi novel adaptation The Martian only emerged back in May; jump to the present and Scott is already in active pre-production on the project for a Fall 2015 release date, even while he finishes up post-production on the Biblical tentpole Exodus: Gods and Kings (which opens this December).

Scott has four sci-fi projects in varying stages of development; in addition to The Martian, there’s the Blade Runner sequel, the Prometheus sequel, and the Forever War book adaptation. For a while there, it looked as though Scott was going to followup Exodus with Prometheus 2, but that was before the reports about his involvement with The Martian were released.

As Scott informed EW, The Martian is currently being storyboarded, with shooting – in such locations as Budapest and Wadi Rum (where Exodus was filmed) – on course to begin this November. The movie, based on Andy Weir’s novel about an astronaut (Matt Damon, in the film) who is stranded on Mars, is likened to Robinson Crusoe in Scott’s EW interview; although he doesn’t talk about the Martian screenplay, it’s believed that Scott will be drawing from either the draft by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) or a revised version of that script.

The director also talked about the screenplays for Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2, which were initially penned by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Jake Paglen (Transcendence), respectively, then later revised by Michael Green (Green Lantern). To be exact, Scott said “they’re all written,” in reference to all three scripts; when they will take the next major step forward, however, is another matter.

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Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott filming ‘Prometheus’

Scott, when pressed by EW, said that Blade Runner 2 will start filming “probably after ['The Martian'].” Back in May this year, Alcon Entertainment made an unprecedented public bid to get Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel; while that doesn’t ensure that his role will be a prominent one, it does confirm that Ford’s character is (for the time being) a part of the movie’s script.

Noomi Rapace is still expected to reprise her role as scientist Elizabeth Shaw in the Prometheus sequel, while Scott’s long-standing claim has been that Blade Runner 2 will likewise feature a female protagonist. A few months ago, Scott took a trip to Australia, prompting rumors that he was there scouting for shooting locations for both of the aforementioned sci-fi features. That is to say, both movies look to become a reality in time.

When, exactly? Well, therein lies the rub, as even Scott has admitted that he’s “got a lot of ducks in a row.” It would be interesting if a younger filmmaker ended up being recruited to work on one of these Scott sci-fi sequels – offering a different artistic take on either the Blade Runner or Prometheus/Alien universe, in the process. However, for the time being, it seems as though Scott intends to make both films himself; with the scripts being done, though, at least we can now anticipate that happening sooner than later.

We’ll keep you up to speed on development of Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. Meanwhile, The Martian arrives in theaters on November 25th, 2015.

Source: EW

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  1. Although ‘The Martian’ sounds interesting, I was hoping for the following to occur (in this order)…

    ‘Prometheus 2: Paradise’
    ‘Blade Runner 2′
    ‘Forever War’

    • I was hoping for this order.
      Ridley Scott, retired.

  2. The Martian is a great book, and I like the choice of Damon. The difficulty will be in making it visual enough and making it move, so Scott is a great choice. Apparently the Goddard script is excellent.

  3. Adam West starred in the movie “Robinson Crusoe on Mars”.

    • Paul Mantee was the lead in ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars”. It’s really exciting to think what can be done with today’s technology to make A-grade entertainment out of concepts that couldn’t be adequately realized visually in he past. Like upgrading Batman, or virtually any of the sci-fi stories that are Ridley classics.

  4. I’ll watch Prometheus, Exodus, and probably The Martian and FW. No real interest in Blade Runner.

  5. Its great to see Ridley still hungry and knocking out great films,I like most of his films the last few years,the Counsellor yes,Prometheus yes, Robin Hood no.This sounds promising with the Martian and Bladerunner 2, I hope he uses Props and models rather than total CGI,part of the Bladerunner magic is that you are looking at something that is real and not animation.

  6. Given Scott’s spotty track record the last few movies – was Gladiator his last decent one over ten years ago!?!? – and the mess Prometheus was to me, A Ridley Scott helmed Blade Runner sequel fills me with dread when it once was with anticipation.

    Much rather see a younger and hungrier director tackle it.

    • I don’t think Blade Runner is a movie that really needs a sequel at all. This would be a remake and I don’t really think that any remake can potentially capture the authenticity that pushes an original story forwards. In what ways does Blade Runner feel like it needed to explore Deckard’s story again? Hell, by today’s standards, a lot of people might even dislike the movie for its sombre tone. I don’t, but I’m saying people might.

      • You’re right on the money, Nave. Blade Runner is such a different film. The concept of the film doesn’t have sequel potential. It’s a fantastic film, but it’s so abstract that trying to do a sequel is foolhardy at best. Besides, it’s never a good idea to revisit a franchise after more than 10 years. In this case, 30-plus years has already put the final nail in the coffin.

    • Yeah, I would have to agree. Prometheus just didn’t sit well with me. The last good film that I consider great that he did was Gladiator. I would have loved to see what Nolan could have done with a sequel.

    • @old Darth
      His past movie ‘The Counselor’ sucked balls. Even with the stellar A-list cast.

    • Gladiator wasn’t a particularly great movie. That it won awards surprised me; I found it be thoroughly mediocre. Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, and Body of Lies were all better. Matchstick Men had good performances but was too predictable, though it was also well-received. Never saw American Gangster, though that was supposed to be good as well.

  7. While Prometheus felt like a very pedantic and preachy film about existentialism that could not compare to the sort of speculative ambiguity of the original Blade Runner, while that is the case, I still think that Scott’s recent work does reflect how the guy has managed to perfect his mastery over atmosphere and pace.

    I really like the pacing in Prometheus and Blade Runner — it’s just so unlike some of the more conventional Hollywood blockbusters that it makes experiencing even a simple narrative like Prometheus seem different.

    And now for my digression: I wonder what it would’ve taken for Chris Nolan to return to the Bat-Franchise with a focus on Batman Beyond set to the sort of tone seen in Blade Runner? I wonder if Big Corporations and Fascist Police-State would’ve still felt relevant to his Gotham after Wayne cleaned it up. Who would’ve been a better antagonist? I know that if Ridley Scott produced a Batman Beyond movie, one of the central themes — which the other Bat films have yet to explore — would’ve centered around definitions of humanity and time: the implications of a case investigated by Bruce Wayne is affected by the questions Blake/Terry asks in the present thereby changing the way Gotham looks at Batman in the future? Hush, perhaps played by Hugh Jackman, could’ve landed the role… and right now I’m just ranting.

    • I like the sound of that.Would be e great film.

  8. I think we all admire Scott’s passion to still work and make movies at his age. He’s kind of like Clint Eastwood, over 80 and still working. But like Eastwood, his output has been a bit inconsistent in quality. Or rather, perhaps, it is a slow decline. He does have a lot on his plate, and certainly he doesn’t want to overextend himself. I’m not saying he’s going to die any time soon, but it makes you wonder if they have a contingency plan in case something happens. Also, there may be some impatience about getting all these projects done. If Scott’s going to direct all of them, well, that means they’re going to have to wait their turn. Perhaps it would be wiser to take one of them and give to a younger director to complete earlier.

    • I’m with you 1000% about Ridley Scott. However, he’s not over 80 yet – he’s 76.

      Never the less, Ridley Scott is an inspiration to me. He’s been directing Film consistently since 1977 (The Duellists) and became well known and respected when “Alien” came out in 1979.

      Ever since then, he’s retained his skill and passion to make movies (and produce).

      Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom Of Heaven, American Gangster, etc…. Hell, I even like “Legend” – 1985.

      And he’s STILL at it at the age of 76 !!

      Keep it going and never stop, Ridley.

  9. I do not want a Blade Runner sequel. It can only be a let down.

    • Yeah, I don’t know where this Blade Runner sequel came from. We saw with Sin City that 9 years is too long between movies. It’s going to be 35 years. If they really wanted one, wouldn’t it have been made by now? You hear about lots of movies in development hell, etc. If the movie was really awesome, it would get made.

      • Because the first Blade Runner movie kinda tanked at the box office and more importantly at the time of it’s release not everyone liked it like people do now, mostly cuz the film showed in theatres was the cut with Ford’s boring as hell monologue, not the director’s cut.

  10. Can we arrange some sort of petition to protect classic movies from being exploited by selfish directors and their greed?

    • Free Hat!

  11. “Ridley Scott Says ‘Blade Runner 2′ Script Done.” Well, that’s great. Harrison Ford can break the other foot.

  12. Yep, I would not hold my breath for this or Prometheus 2 anytime soon.

  13. Hmm this all sounds great and all but here is something Scott needs to know:

    Do a DC comics movie.
    You know you want to.

  14. Prometheus was anti-science, representing scientists as being uninterested in evidence and more concerned with faith and wishful thinking. It was guilty of some scientific howlers(he has the biologist saying that the seeding of life would overturn Darwinian natural selection – obviously it would NOT do this at all). It also featured a cast of characters so cliched and stereotypical that it was actually embarrassing to watch. Everyone I know who saw it assumed, as did I, that the target audience was the American Christian evangelical creationist crowd. The film is a slap in the face to anyone who likes science fiction.
    Ridley Scott has made two undeniably popular and excellent films, Alien and Blade Runner, these seem to have secured his reputation and allowed him to continue to make more films all of which manage to be both spectacular and incredibly bland at the same time. Now he is going to befoul Blade Runner, as he did Alien with Prometheus. No cause for celebration here I think.

    • “Everyone I know who saw it assumed, as did I, that the target audience was the American Christian evangelical creationist crowd.”

      So EVERYONE you know misunderstood the film? Every single person? Wow, you sure need to start hanging out with a different group of people.

      • Was there something to understand in that film?

    • Too true. What made the film maddening to me in the extreme, was the “scientists” on the crew where a bunch of edjeets. Just think, as a scientist you suddenly get recruited by Weyland himself to be a part of his crowning achievement, to undertake a mission unlike any other in history. You are presumably the top of your respective field.
      So, as soon are on your way, you express your total dissinterest in the task at hand, you belittle the purpose of the voyage, and you make yourself as unfriendly and unhelpful as possible. Then you arrive at your objective, realize its all true and that you are now a part of one of the greatest and most important events in the history of mankind. So what do you do? why of course, you continue to behave like an edjiit, you take absurd risks with your own life and the life of your crewmates, and you continue to show utter lack of interest and could care less about what is happening.
      Where did Weyland recruit these folks, one wonders? its like they were chosen by the same talent scouts that put Gilligan on the SS Minnow. They are all completely useless at their tasks. Every chance they get, they make the absurd and obviously wrong choices.
      This to me is the core issue with Prometheus, it was such a lazy script.
      On a different note, the guy responsible for the Green Lantern “script” has input on the BR2 script??? seriously???

  15. Having to go to Wikipedia to understand a movie after watching it is not a good sign for me.

  16. I don’t understand how people are NOT excited about Blade Runner 2… I think the theorists are right that Tyrell Corporation (Blade Runner) is connected to Weyland Industries (Prometheus). Replicants were always described as being used for space (“I have seen C Beams” end speech of Blade Runner), and created by humans. How amazing would the narrative be if Blade Runner 2 completes the connection? Humans make androids/life, Prometheus (and presumably onward with its sequel) we find out that we were created too.That’s an interesting paradigm that was shown but fully realized in Prometheus. I really like the possibility of all of this connecting, and that could be why I am more excited about these sequels. We can have a proper bridge to connect the Sci-Fi universe – what a Netflix Marathon that would be!

  17. Christopher Nolan should be the person for the job on one of these projects. I’ve looked at his filmography on IMDB.com, and it doesn’t show anything upcoming aside from Interstellar in November. Of course, that can change, but I’m just saying Nolan would be the person who could do a great job with either film franchise.

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