Proof positive that even legendary and accomplished filmmakers can’t escape broad Hollywood trends, Ridley Scott, the filmmaker behind Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator, has optioned a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels according to Deadline. We know Twilight, The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments have all been taken, so what’s Sir Ridley going to make? Ever heard of a little book called Fae by Colet and Jasmine Abedi. Yeah, me neither. (more…)
While some people out there may be rolling their eyes at the prospect of seeing a sequel to either Prometheus or Blade Runner, the fact is that Ridley Scott is pretty intent on putting both of these together. And so, while we wait, the team at Nerd Bastards watches the Internet for any new information on how those two projects are going. Today, Scott had a few words about both flicks. Check out what he had to say below. (more…)
Ever since Ridley Scott announced that he was planning a return to Blade Runner, many have been speculating as to exactly what that would entail. Previous reports have said that the sequel would only loosely involve the events of the first film and that it was unlikely that any of the old cast members would be returning. Now, it seems as if Harrison Ford has some other information that may conflict with previous assumptions.
Actress Sean Young is, ahem, well-known for her strong advocacy in order to get the roles she wants. This is a woman, after all, who showed up on The Tonight Show dressed as Catwoman in order to impress Tim Burton to cast her for the part in Batman Returns. Of course, Young thought she was owed because a horse-riding accident forced her to drop out of the role of Vicki Vale in Batman, but any which way you slice it, the whole thing smelled of desperation.
Giving off the same aroma, is Young’s recent comments concerning the possibility, or lack of possibility, of her character’s return for the proposed sequel to Blade Runner. One might think her return for a sequel would be a no-brainer, but Young herself says that her outreach to the people behind the potential film has yielded no results. So she has a different idea about how to get in on the project: blackmail. Here’s what Young had to say according to Comic Book Movie:
Alcon—they’re the ones that own it and apparently they have Ridley to direct it — and when I met with them they didn’t make any offer-plans to include me. And when I called Ridley Scott’s office, he doesn’t call me back. So I guess they’re going to go, like, prequel or…I don’t know what they’re going to do. But my official opinion is that, if they don’t include me in it, everybody should boycott it. Because it’s stupid not to have me in it. It’s really stupid. That’s my opinion! I mean, you try to tell people something sensible in Hollywood and sometimes they just don’t listen, you know. And they usually pay the price too, because everybody’s an expert.
Uh-huh. I think Young is discounting a couple of things: 1) Her character in the film was a Replicant, and if the movie takes place in real time, 31 years later, then she would be surely dead. And 2) There’s the fact that no one’s talked about a Blade Runner sequel since the release of Prometheus last year, the reaction to which undoubtedly cooled any potential excitement for a Blade Runner follow-up. Still, Young doesn’t have a lot of Hollywood clout, and what clout she does have expired about 20 years ago. Let’s chalk this up to Young having too much free time on her hands, and too inflated opinion of herself.
Blade Runner 2 – some people consider it blasphemy, but Ridley Scott has said it’s on his to-do list. Currently, they have scriptwriter Michael Green (Green Lantern) onboard, which inspires no confidence to begin with. And now, another bit of the ridiculous, poppy-star girl Katy Perry has said that she wants a role in the film.
Before people engage in a collective face-palm, please be aware that no casting is taking place and that Perry is just rattling off her fondest wishes. And what role does she think she can bring her unique talents to, you ask? Well, she wants to reprise Rachel from the original Blade Runner. Or in her own words:
“With films, I hope to win you all over with animation and then do other films. I am really interested in comedy, and I would really love to play Rachael in ‘Blade Runner 2,’ if Ridley would just call!”
Yeah… well, there’s just one major problem with that, Miss Perry. The new flick, if Ridley’s early talk is to be believed, will be only loosely connected to the first one’s story and recurring characters are highly unlikely.
And while Perry may have to face disappointment, the rest of us can all breathe a sigh of relief. At least until we see the script that Mr. Green Lantern has put together…
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.
Oh, Prometheus, you were a movie that caused many people great amounts of pain. But believe it or not, some of us actually liked the film and are looking forward to seeing what Ridley Scott has for us in his upcoming second film (of what is supposed to be a trilogy). News on the latest project, however, has been in a state of limbo. Until now, that is. Here’s a few tidbits on how the Prometheus sequel is doing.
First and foremost, a bit of news that even lovers of the film may find a relief, a new screenwriter has been brought on to do the second flick. His name is Jack Paglen and he is a new-blood writer that is getting some props for a movie called Transcendence. This means no more Spaihts and Lindelof, which is probably for the best.
Second of all, it looks like Ridley Scott himself may be bowing out of directing the flick. He’ll still be around to produce it, of course, but seems to be getting bored of the project and might just do something else. This means that Prometheus could go the way of the original Alien series, with new brains coming in to work new stories for each installment. Let’s just hope this works better with Prometheus than it did with Alien, or we’ll only get one more movie worth watching…
Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.
Most people Ridley Scott’s age are slowing down, but if anything, things for Sir Ridley seem to be speeding up. Currently in post-production on the crime thriller The Counselor starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, Scott now has a release date for his next film, and seems to be discussing some casting news for the one after that.
First up is Exodus, Scott’s take on the Biblical saga of Moses. Twentieth Century Fox has set December 12, 2014 as the day when Scott will part the red tape and deliver his long in the works Old Testament effort, which will put it directly in the path of the previously announced third Hobbit film There and Back Again, and Brad Bird’s next film Tomorrowland, which are opening on the same date. In the meantime, Scott will have to contend with casting. Christian Bale was once rumored to be taking up Moses’ cloak and staff, but it seems a burning bush may have talked him out of it. There is a script courtesy of Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Steve Zaillian, so perhaps starting production soon for a release a year and a half out isn’t quite as far fetched as it seems.
In other news, a site called Prometheus 2 Movie News (subtle) is saying that Scott has met “many times” with Rik Barnett (Rebels Without a Clue) about a role in Prometheus 2, the sequel to last year’s ambitious though disappointing pseudo-Alien prequel. The site says it’s a key role, possibly connected to Noomi Rapace’s Shaw, but all this is merely rumor. It could be a sign though that Fox is lining up Scott to make Prometheus 2 after Exodus, which would fit the standard three-year window between sequels for a 2015 release date for Prometheus 2.
We’ll have more news on both projects as it develops, but I think it’s safe to say we’re not going to see that Blade Runner 2 project anytime soon.
Whether you liked Prometheus or not, you can’t deny the film was popular. Mostly because it spurred a million and one theories on what the fuck the movie was actually about, but regardless, it got people talking. Now get ready for take two. While promoting her new film, Dead Man Down, Prometheus star and – SPOILER – sole human survivor Noomi Rapace mentioned she’s talked to Ridley Scott and can confirm they are working on a script for a sequel.
They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.
It’s unclear if she was meeting with Scott about returning for the sequel or just to get coffee and catch up, but I find it unlikely they’d pursue a Prometheus sequel without her. Rapace made these comments to Indiewire, who followed it up by asking what she thought about the mixed reactions to the flick. After discussing her experience making Prometheus, she added,
And it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations. And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue.
And if you had any questions about if she wanted to come back for the sequel, Rapace said, “I would love to do it.”
Prometheus 2, do you want it? What do you think it should explore? Personally, I’d love to see Rapace and Michael Fassbender‘s disembodied David head taking on whole bunch of Engineers, Aliens-style.
Matt Kindt is the creator of Mind MGMT, a mind bending monthly comic book from Dark Horse. Here, we talk to Kindt about his role on Ridley Scott‘s recently announced adaptation, having a set end for his opus,whether he’ll tie up loose ends, what is and isn’t real, the rumors that he might take the baton from Geoff Johns on DC’s Green Lantern book, and more.
Matt Kindt gets into your head after the jump.
For the uninitiated, Mind MGMT has nothing to do with the electro-pop band also called MGMT. It’s a Dark Horse comic book about psychic spies actually, and it’s now set-up at 20th Century Fox as a project in development with no less than Sir Ridley Scott attached to produce.
Now I know, Scott isn’t exactly a nerd’s favorite person these days with the whole Prometheus… Et cetera. But I’d rather see Scott direct a movie based on Mind MGMT than this much ballyhooed Blade Runner sequel we’ve heard about. Maybe you can judge for yourself from the synopsis of the book:
The book centers on a government agency consisting of psychic spies and their greatest asset, a man named Henry Lime. After he suffers a breakdown and loses control of his abilities, causing the populace of a town to kill each other, he goes on the run. Several years later, a true crime author named Meru, who was part of a flight where everyone mysteriously developed amnesia, is saved by Lime and begins to investigate the agency, uncovering her own secret connection to it.
No word yet on if Scott plans to direct as well as produce, and there’s no word on a start date or release date or anything. Dark Horse isn’t as active as, say, Marvel in developing its properties, although there is one Dark Horse film coming out later this year, the Ryan Reynolds-starring R.I.P.D. Previous films based on Dark Horse comics include 300, Alien Vs Predator, Hellboy, and The Mask. Mind MGMT was created by acclaimed writer Matt Kindt, the film will be co-produced by Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie