Ridley Scott‘s films have been the subject of many critical divides and sparked a number of debates amongst his fans. Which is great; that’s what film making is all about, individual perceptions and being able to walk away with diverse theories and conclusions. Blade Runner, upon its first release way back in 1982, was subject to a critical mauling and failed at the Box Office. There was rampant in-fighting over the script and the famous: “is he, or isn’t he,” in reference to whether Deckard was a replicant or not (the fact that it’s left up to the viewers is something that a director would never get away with nowadays, what, with test audiences not happy until they have a full-blown conclusion). That’s how the fight about Blade Runner‘s narrative running through the theatrical cut came about; with test audiences and studio executives demanding that the storyline was spoon-fed to them rather than being more evasive. Thank god for the final cut, which is an absolute masterpiece – not just within the sci-fi genre – but as a standalone film. Scott has a knack for dividing critics and audiences alike, and the same thing happened with the fantastic Prometheus (Yes, you heard me right: “fantastic”).
Ridley Scott is one of the most accomplished filmmakers that is still working in the industry today. As a veteran in the industry, his predilection for epic projects that are both, visually stunning and thematic in scope, has only added to the contention between fan admiration as well as criticism over how well his movies convey a coherent story.
As mentioned above, Prometheus is a prime example of the polarising effect that Scott’s films subject viewers to (although it should be noted that Scott didn’t’ have full control of the reins as, Damon Lindelof came in to tweak the script – to almost universal dismay). Additionally, the film doesn’t provide all the answers, but they had already a planned out trilogy to explaining certain issues that remained unresolved, and this is fine to some (…with the exception of some keyboard warriors battling it out online, stating that Prometheus is a “shit movie,” …and other dismal cliches such as “the worst movie ever”).
Blade Runner is the ultimate example of Scott’s polarizing effect, as it is one of the most influential science fiction movies that technically started the Cypberpunk movement (although it could be argued that Metropolis started the Cyberpunk movement as Philip K. Dick‘s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? was first published in 1968, and was heavily influenced by Fritz Lang’s expressionist sci-fi epic), but the movie has also been one of the most scrutinized works throughout the last three decades. Therefore – just like curiosity killed the proverbial cat – the anticipatory barometer has hit boiling point as Scott teases more information on what fans can expect from the upcoming sequels Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2.
With the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings opening this week, MTV News sat and had a chat with Scott about his upcoming projects. We will warn you that due to the nature of the subject, there are ***SPOILERS*** for both , the Prometheus and Blade Runner sequels. One of the inevitable questions that was asked was if Prometheus 2 will continue to follow Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender), due to the nature of the films ending. Scott response was that “you have too…“:
“…you can’t have a person go off into the galaxy and have a person who’s still got his head off. Once that head goes back on, he’s really dangerous, but he’s also very seductive. So maybe he’ll persuade her to help him put the head back.”
It is pretty obvious that Rapace and Fassbender are returning to reprise their roles, as both actors have been talking about a speculative start date for filming on the project and the story will have to evolve around the two characters for the sake of continuity. However, the nice addition from Scott that David could possibly still be pulling the strings and manipulating the course of their destiny, conjures up questions about his mysterious motivations. This is also indicative that some of the larger thematic questions that were raised in the first film, which will perhaps be somewhat resolved in the sequel. Also, as David is an expert in manipulation, he could quite possibly talk Shaw into attaching his head back onto his body, as there are limitation to what one can achieve with just their head (…even an android).
Scott also spoke about the status of Blade Runner 2 (…which he seems really invested in at the moment), confirming once again – for anyone who may have somehow missed it somehow – that the script is complete. Scott still remained pretty elusive on the topic of whether he would be directing the sequel or not. However, he did reveal more about Harrison Ford‘s Deckard, and needless to say, he won’t be providing any narration throughout the film:
“Harrison and I really get on rather well. I sent him (the script), and he said ‘That’s the best thing I’ve ever read.’ So it’s very relevant to what happened in the first one. I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can with the special effects. Because you can’t really. With Blade Runner, we landed on a somehow very credible future. It’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”
Also, Scott reveals that the film is going to be set in a similar noir-esque future (thank god for that!), and also that the philosophical elements of the plot will remain at the forefront of the movie; dismissing that it will be action-packed and filled with massive explosions to keep up with the times. This all resonates well, hinting that Scott is aiming to retain a similar vibe and setting, …it’s reassuring!
“I think the key is to keep the design in its place. Otherwise, it just kills the credibility of what you’re watching. An explosion that’s too big, you go “How did he survive that?” and you’re right out of the movie.”
Scott ain’t going for the style-over-substance approach that so many film directors have been doing for the past decade (…probably due to studio pressure as the film industry has taken a massive turn for the worst since the late 90s), on his precious project Blade Runner 2 project.
Coming from someone who hated the whole idea of a sequel as soon as it was in its embryonic state, from what I have heard after these revelations – it’s all starting to sound a little more promising. Consequently, this has had me changing my mind over what project I want to see Scott direct next. As of now I am sitting 50/50 between Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2. I am still of the strong opinion that there is only one man for the job of directing duties on Blade Runner 2 – and that man is Ridley Scott.
After hearing Scott’s latest comments about the plans for Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2, has this changed your mind on what film you would like Scott to take on after the Matt Damon starrer, The Martian? As per usual peepsters, let us know your thoughts.
We will be sure to keep you updated on any more news regarding Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2.
Via – ScreenRant