Ridley Scott

THE MARTIAN

The first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian is making the Internet rounds. The film stars Matt Damon along with a stellar supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. Before you tell yourself that you’ve seen this movie’s story before, take a look at the trailer. (more…)

Gosling Joining Ford for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for the week’s weirdest news item, and what could be weirder than a casting announcement for the bizarro sequel to a 33-year-old film that bombed at the box office when it originally came out? Well, that’s brutal because Blade Runner‘s become very well thought of the last three decades, which makes it very attractive to be sequelized in the here and now. Speaking of attractive, Ryan Gosling has now been added to the cast of the sequel. Gosling will join the returning Harrison Ford for the new Blade Runner, which will continue the story of Deckard, the Replicants, and a fascinating futuristic world now only four years away that looks nothing like our own. (more…)

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Looks like we’ll be getting back to back movies set in the Xenomorph Universe instead of those long dry spells we had to endure back in the day. Neil Blomkamp, director for the as yet untitled Alien 5 or Alien 2.1 depending on how you want to count them, and his some time movie making partner and wife Terri Tatchell sat down with Empire to talk about the ins and outs of production. Blomkamp also had some good news for those of us looking forward to more Prometheus. (more…)

Street Scenes in Blade Runner

Well, this is happening. It seems. After years (and years) of idle speculation and rumor mongering, Blade Runner 2 is finally moving forward with it’s old star and a new director. Sadly, Sir Ridley Scott will not be sitting in the director’s chair for the long awaited follow-up to his 1982 film Blade Runner, but that film’s star, Harrison Ford, will be, completing a trifecta of encores to his classic roles including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As for who will be directing Ford in this new effort? In a surprise move, the producers have chosen the Academy Award-winning director Denis Villeneuve to tell Deckard’s next chapter. (more…)

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You may remember the mysterious appearance on Instagram some concept art by Neill Blomkamp for something very… Alien. Of course, alien is a concept not unfamiliar to Blomkamp whose breakthrough film was 2009’s District 9, but tackling one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of the last 40 years seems a little bit outside the norm. How can Blomkamp, who seems to have the rare privilege to make big-budget high-concept *original* films, throw himself into a movie series that’s more often than not the subject of such stringent studio interference? But it’s all legit. Blomkamp has admitted it now in a new interview, and more than that, he says that the only thing that’s holding up any real progress on making it a reality is he, him and himself. (more…)

Rick Deckard

Blade Runner came out back in 1982 to a critical mauling; low Box Office receipts, and a lot of puzzled faces leaving cinema complexes thinking they were going in to watch a sci-fi action adventure. It had been advertised as a Sci-Fi action adventure at the time, much in the same vein as Harrison Ford‘s previous sci-fi extravaganza, Star Wars. However, Ridley Scott had created something completely different, and as the film started to find its audience on home video, people started to view and understand the film for what it was – a film based on humanity and mortality. Thusly, the question of whether Rick Deckard is a replicant or not has been one of the (many) ambiguities that have made this beautiful science-fiction movie a timeless classic. Now, Ridley Scott has decided to give his definitive answer on whether Deckard is, in fact, a replicant or not. So, for those of you who are happy with your own theories and perspectives, you might find yourself feeling rather disappointed if you continue to read on (…or maybe you can just take what you hear with a pinch of salt). (more…)

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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”). (more…)

Harrison Ford

Word on the street a couple of weeks back, was that Ridley Scott was really happy with the Blade Runner 2 script, but that he would not be directing the long awaited follow-up to the original science-fiction masterpiece. This piece of news was well sourced and came straight from the horse’s mouth. Well it turns out that a certain someone is still undecided about the next project that they plan to pick up – and that certain someone is Ridley Scott – who is currently working on The Martian  (a big screen adaptation of Andy Weir‘s popular space survival movie). Therefore, it looks like Scott will have a big decision to make when he has wrapped post-production on The Martian next year. Will Scott direct Blade Runner 2, or will he direct Prometheus 2? (more…)

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With the imminent release of Exodus: Gods and Kings upon us, Ridley Scott has been popping up here and there offering tidbits on various projects he is involved with including the widely anticipated follow-up to the Box Office smash hit Sci-Fi Prometheus and the follow up to perhaps one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of our time: Blade Runner.  Scott had initially stated that the script for the Blade Runner sequel had been completed and he was happy with it, and with this news we all naturally assumed that he would be back on the director’s chair to helm the beefy sequel after finishing work on the Matt Damon starer The Martian. Turns out that is not the case (…yes, horrible news indeed). (more…)

 

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Prometheus was an adequate enough introduction back into Ridley Scott‘s Alien universe. A lot of questions were left unanswered, but that is part of the beauty of the Science Fiction genre; a sense of mystery, room to theorize, to talk with others and debate and learn in a reciprocal manner. It’s not any secret that Ridley Scott is a Sci-Fi auteur; master of his craft. He creates movies that have individuals’ thinking for themselves and developing their own interpretations (Blade Runner and whether Deckard is a replicant or not anyone?).  With Prometheus, it seems one of the main problems that irked some of the fans was the fact the movie wasn’t a direct prequel to the Alien series as was originally planned. Some were annoyed that Damon Lindelof had been called in to tinker with the script (which makes one wonder how Lindelof haters feel about Green Lantern‘ scriber Michael Green penning the sequel) . The fact it is set in the same universe should have been enough to suffice no? Apparently not! Apparently people wanted more of the same. Well, word on the street is that Ridley Scott has been dishing some dirt on his plans for the highly anticipated sequel. (more…)