Sir Ridley Scott has a new film called The Martian coming out this weekend, so naturally everyone wants to talk about other films he has in development, specifically sequels/prequels/continuation of seminal sci-fi classics he made decades ago. Scott’s already talked about
Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost, which is rumored to be his very next film, but what about that Blade Runner sequel? Scott will not be directing that one – the duty will fall to Denis Villenueve – but Scott has been working diligently to develop the project and will stay on as a producer. But why? Why crank out a sequel to a film that most people think is fine and self-contained as it is?
That question was put to Scott by Yahoo! and his depressing reply was:
Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say, “Work to live,” and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.
I imagine that’s probably the same justification he has for re-editing the original Blade Runner once a decade. Technically, that was his answer to a question whether or not he’s going to sequelize Blade Runner to the extreme like he’s apparently going to do for the Prometheus/Alien films. As many as four Prometheus sequels may be in the works, according to rumor, a rumor that Scott didn’t deny while talking to Yahoo!
In other Blade Runner news, Scott confirmed, again, that Harrison Ford’s character Deckard is indeed a Replicant. “Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it,” said Scott incredulously. But how will the movie star Ford even though Replicants supposedly die after four years? “I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense,” he added.
As for turning the world of Blade Runner over to Villenueve, Scott was asked if he still has final cut for the finished film. Scott, long recognized as one of Hollywood’s top filmmakers, says that he always gets final cut, but it doesn’t really matter because he’s so affable as a studio collaborator.
I mean, I always have final cut on everything, really. Partly because I’m very user-friendly. I always believe when you’re given X amount of money by someone to f–k around with and make a movie, you can’t draw lines in the sand. If I was an investor and you did that to me, I’d remove your ankles. So don’t do the auteur s–t. I respect the guy for giving the money and I respect the studio for saying, “Yeah, you want to do this, here we go.”
The Martian opens on Friday in theaters everywhere; Alien: Paradise Lost is scheduled for a Summer 2017 release; Blade Runner 2 will be released… at some point. Maybe.
Source: Geek Tyrant