The next project from director Ridley Scott is The Counselor, which marries his poetic mise-en-scène with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy’s (No Country for Old Men) masculine prose. However, once the post-production process has been complete on that prestigious crime-thriller, Scott is turning his attention to new installments in the Alien franchise (with a sequel to the sorta-prequel Prometheus) and Blade Runner series.
Momentum is on the Prometheus sequel’s side, thanks to the combination of this week’s Blu-ray release and ongoing debates about the sci-fi film’s qualities (which have been re-invigorated by new details about earlier script drafts). Scott recently confirmed that Blade Runner 2 is happening, but refrained from offering an update on the status of the Prometheus followup.
Scott did provide Metro with the following intriguing, but elusive, food-for-thought about the state of things in the aftermath of the conclusion to Prometheus:
“… You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [Michael Fassbender as the android David] that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous… They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?”
When Screen Rant‘s Roth Cornet spoke with Scott this past summer, he went into greater detail about his tentative storyline for the Prometheus sequel. Moreover, Fox President of Production Emma Watts announced a couple months back that Scott is “incredibly excited’ about the project and indicated it could arriving as soon as 2014 or 2015; that could very well still be the case, for all we know.
Meanwhile, development of the Blade Runner sequel has pushed forward in the past year, thanks to information about the film having a female protagonist and Scott even offering a possible description of the opening scene. Scott assured Metro that the project is indeed moving forward, after which he playfully broached the idea of Harrison Ford’s return (though, such rumors were shot down several months ago):
“[The 'Blade Runner' sequel is] happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live [laughs]. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage.”
Prometheus left the door so wide open that, in my opinion, the film almost feels more like the first volume in a two-part (three-part?) saga rather than just a standalone picture. Blade Runner, on the other hand, has sustained its popularity over the years in no small part due to the unanswered questions it raises. That is to say, if I had to choose, a Prometheus sequel sounds like the movie that Scott should tackle next. We’ll just have to wait and see if that actually happens, of course.
Which are you more interested in, the Prometheus or Blade Runner sequel? Or would you prefer Scott continue to work on a non-sci-fi sequel after he wraps The Counselor?