Fans of Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner and Alien movies can get an interesting look at Scott’s ideas and plans for the sequels to both movies. The big news is Scott’s confirmation that there will be a Blade Runner sequel. The Prometheus sequel is pretty much a given even with the lackluster US gross ($140 million) and the moderate worldwide success ($400 million) of the film. That monetary return will be boosted by the current Blue-Ray/DVD sales happening now.
Recently, Scott sat down with Metro and talked sequels:
First up is Prometheus:
What made you want to tackle sci-fi again?
I hadn’t done sci-fi for so long and I enjoyed doing it. Plus, when it comes to the Alien world, no one else had addressed the origin question and I thought that was interesting to tackle. Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [ Michael Fassbender’s 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.
So that’s the sequel?
[Laughs] I wish it was that easy. They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?
Was it your idea to shoot in 3D?
Yes, but it was an obvious thing to do. I may as well join the club, you know? Celluloid is disappearing. The labs don’t exist any more except to service the old films. I like the digital process. It’s more reliable. You push a button and you get 5,000 prints that are all exactly the same but if I was going to do it physically with film, at the end of the process the chemical has gotten so used it’s no longer functioning. I would never use film again.
Why did you use a lot of real sets rather than full CGI like, say, Avatar?
[Laughs] Because it was a quarter of the price of Avatar. Sorry, Jim! I’m a cameraman, primarily. My films have always been criticized for being too visual, too misty, too this or too that, but I don’t care. We’re dealing with a visual medium; storytelling is entirely visual, as Hitchcock said. Because I went to art school and I can draw, I know exactly how the script is going to evolve into a film.
Now we get to Blade Runner:
There is a rumour you’ll be making a Blade Runner sequel.
It’s not a rumour – it’s 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.
Right out of the man’s mouth, there will be a Blade Runner sequel. 2012 marked the 30 year anniversary of Blade Runner’s theatrical release. Thirty years is a long time, I’m sure that Scott and others have kicked around the idea of a sequel before this so there is no telling how far or much of the sequel story line has already been put together by Scott. For all we know right now there could be a rough script put together already.
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