Ridley Scott Says He Will “Probably” Direct the BLADE RUNNER Sequel After THE MARTIAN; Talks PROMETHEUS 2

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Ridley Scott is a lot like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in that he’s become an incredibly prolific filmmaker in his 70s, but he differs from those two directors in that the projects he’s tackling are massive.  In the last four years, Scott has directed Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, and most recently the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in between he found time to helm a pilot called The Vatican that Showtime ultimately passed on.  Scott is next gearing up to shoot the sci-fi survival film The Martian with Matt Damon, and in a recent interview with EW he revealed that production on the pic—which revolves around an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must find his way home—will begin in November.

But during the interview, Scott also revealed that Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 are both completely written, adding that he hopes to make the Blade Runner sequel directly after The Martian.  More after the jump.

Ridley-Scott-blade-runner-2Though he’s still putting the finishing touches on Exodus: Gods and Kings ahead of the film’s December release, Scott tells EW that he has already storyboarded The Martian and will start shooting in November:

“I think I’m going to shoot in Budapest. And we’ll probably shoot in Wadi Rum for Mars. I like Wadi Rum—it’s the best view I’ve ever seen of what could be Mars.”

Scott recently shot in Wadi Rum (which is in Jordan) for Exodus, and the location was also famously used for Lawrence of Arabia.  But Scott is already looking beyond The Martian, saying the Blade Runner sequel will happen “probably after [The Martian].”  Scott says the script, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, is finished, and he even addressed Harrison Ford’s involvement in the film, making a joke about the actor’s recent accident on the set of Star Wars:

“[Blade Runner 2] is written and it’s damn good.  Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident.  So yes, that will happen.”

blade-runner-2-harrison-fordOf course, Ford has yet to commit to starring in the Blade Runner follow-up despite the fact that the studio behind the film put out a press release essentially asking him to return.  But Scott appears confident that he will reprise his role as Roland Decker.

And then there’s also the Prometheus sequel, which Scott has spoken enthusiastically about in the past.  Michael Fassbender revealed that the follow-up is a “go”, but when Scott was pressed as to where it falls in his schedule if he makes Blade Runner 2 next, he admitted he’s got a pretty full docket:

“That’s the problem. I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”

If Scott actually makes the Blade Runner sequel after The Martian, I imagine 20th Century Fox won’t want to wait around on Prometheus 2.  As such, I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott hand picks someone else to direct the Prometheus follow-up while he simply produces.  Of course, this is all contingent upon Harrison Ford saying “yes” to Blade Runner, which doesn’t seem too likely.  Though I would’ve said the same thing about Ford reprising his role as Han Solo, and look how that turned out.

As for projects that are 100% happening, though, The Martian is slated for release on November 25, 2015.

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  • axalon

    Man, what I would do to revisit the world of Blade Runner with today’s technology.

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    • lord jim

      why, the miniatures and practical effects look better and have more gravity than than cgi.

  • Guest

    Adam Chitwood: “Of course, this is all
    contingent upon Harrison Ford saying “yes” to Blade Runner, which
    doesn’t seem too likely.”

    Harrison
    Ford
    : “I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a
    director and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the
    telling – the further telling of this story.”

    http://screenrant.com/blade-runner-2-sequel-harrison-ford-ridley-scott-talks/

    • leroy

      In Adam’s defense, that’s an old quote and that stuff is so hard to find on the internet

      • HORSEFLESH

        That quote is not even a year old and I found it by typing in “Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2″ into google; the article is near the top of the first page of the search. Is that so hard?

    • NewStarWarsWillSuckJustWait

      Not only that but Harrison is also hard up for a good role these days….he WANTS to be in those movies he KNOWS people WANT to see him in.

  • HORSEFLESH

    Adam Chitwood: “Of course, this is all
    contingent upon Harrison Ford saying “yes” to Blade Runner, which
    doesn’t seem too likely.”

    Harrison Ford: “I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a
    director and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the
    telling – the further telling of this story.”

    http://screenrant.com/blade-runner-2-sequel-harrison-ford-ridley-scott-talks/

  • Farrell

    Adam Chitwood: “Of course, this is all
    contingent upon Harrison Ford saying “yes” to Blade Runner, which
    doesn’t seem too likely.”

    Harrison Ford: “I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a
    director and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the
    telling – the further telling of this story.”

    http://screenrant.com/blade-runner-2-sequel-harrison-ford-ridley-scott-talks/

    • Big A

      That was from 10 months ago, before Ford broke his leg on the set of Star Wars. A lot of things can happen in 10+ months when no contracts have been signed. I can imagine that Ford would want to rest and take a break after Star Wars.

      • HORSEFLESH

        Harrison Ford has been seen tabogganing at 30 miles an hour near his home recently; I think it would take a lot for him not to work and actors have both doubles and stuntmen for anything strenuous.

  • bojack

    I’m glad that he’s looking towards real world locations for Mars and not shooting it on a soundstage.

    • No wookies

      Agreed! Enjoyed the book so much I went back and read it twice. Has a great balance of humor, grit, and suspense. And I’ve always wanted to see Damon work with Scott.

    • No shoes

      My concern is that the humor (albeit dark humor) is so intrinsic to the success of the story. And I can’t remember a Ridley Scott movie that managed to be funny. Suspenseful, yes, exciting, yes. But funny?

      • Andy

        Check out Matchstick Men. It has it’s moments lol

  • Andrew from Troy

    It’s RICK DECKARD. Not Roland Decker. How could this have possibly been screwed up?

    • Batzombie

      Maybe Chitwood’s a big Dark Tower fan?

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    Prometheus was a bit of a mess, but I have to say parts of that crazy movie stick with me and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in a sequel.

    (Maybe as a result?) I almost don’t care if the sequel to Blade Runner has a great story I just want to see what Ridley is interested in showing in that world with all the new toys.

    • Django9000

      You should see the deleted & alternate scenes from the Prometheus Blu ray.
      They improve on Rapace’s boyfriends character by making his D-baggery toward her the motive for David’s poisoning him (the rose scene instead involves a viciously personal lovers’ quarrel)
      & even Vickers motives become more clear in extended takes of her fight with Weyland.

      Many felt there was ‘more’ to it left on the cutting room floor. There is!

      • theseeker7

        meh… I thought the motivation was fairly strong even in the theatrical release. Thru that psychic/coma/whatever link, David gets clear instructions from Weyland (whom he obviously worships) to “try harder”, and he’s given a ready made situation when the boyfriend is kind of asshole to him in the pool table scene.

        He even straight up asks him “What would you do to get the answers you came for?”
        “Anything and everything.” bam — David then doesn’t have much guilt (if he can even feel that in the first place) in making the dude his test subject.

  • PresidentObama

    It’s so strange that regardless of all its plot holes (i.e. Deckard the weakest type of all the replicants given the job as a Blade runner, Rachel left alive by Guff, etc.) Blade Runner is hailed as the best Scifi pic ever (which I totally agree with) and on the other hand, Prometheus (which I just love) having just as many plot holes gets so many hates. I guess in a few decades, Prometheus will be hailed as one of Sir Ridley Scott’s best movies, just like Blade Runner. I mean, where did all the hate for Blade Runner when it was initially released go, huh? Oh, and the original ending was not Sir Ridley’s fault, it was the studio that forced him to add that piece of crap. Just sayin’.

    • Batzombie

      BLADE RUNNER will be remembered where PROMETHEUS won’t because it actually tackles interesting ideas. PROMETHEUS pays lip service to interesting ideas, but then doesn’t do anything with them.

    • Conor

      What? Blade Runner is one of the most strangely overrated films in the history of cinema. You think it’s the best sci-fi pic in history? I honestly feel sorry for you.

      That scene where Deckard ricochets off of, like, five people is a microcosmic example of the redundant, startlingly poor nature of the film. The entire time, I was just incredulous as to how so many people could actually enjoy that tripe. Literally nothing about the film was good other than its direction and post-modern cinematography.

      • leroy

        What? You’re expressing your opinion as fact and telling people they’re wrong for not thinking like you? By the way, many think it’s the best sci-fi film ever not just him. That’s why he said it’s been hailed and then expressed his opinion that he agrees.

      • Conor

        My opinion is a fact, Einstein, yes.

        The Republican party was hailed with Presidency from 2000-2008, but that doesn’t mean that the majority was even moderately to being correct in its collective choice.

      • Conor

        *moderately close

      • mattinacan

        you are mentally challenged if you think your opinion is fact

    • theseeker7

      I still say a fair percentage of the Prometheus opinion was born out of people feeling scorn that they didn’t get what they deemed was a proper Alien prequel. And the filmmakers tried for a long time as hard as they could beforehand (without coming straight out and explaining the whole plot) to stress to people this was NOT a straight forward prequel to Alien, that Scott’s original film would not be a direct sequel to this movie they were making. That it had enough of its own thing going on, but while still inhabiting that universe.

      I think that if people would honestly view the movie without any of that bias or presumption going in (I know, impossible to say now), that Prometheus would’ve gotten a fairer, and better, shake. That it’s a decent enough film. In fact, I’d love to find someone who’s never seen ALIEN (better yet, anything from the franchise at all), and show them Prometheus FIRST, and see what they think.

      • the king of comedy

        I actually think that Prometheus would have been a better movie if it didn`t try to tie in with the allien franchise, I actually loved the first part of the movie, the cast is incredible (Fassbender, Elba, Teron, Rampage), the cinematography and atmosphere are haunting, it really had a lot of potential to be one of the best science fiction movies ever made, but once they find those giant white creatures it all goes to hell, they no longer put any effort to answer the questions the movies has been asking, characters are killed off without any major impact in forgetable scenes, the haunting atmosphere becomes more of a CGI fest, with forgetable action scenes and questionable decision by the characters, somehow the design of those white creatures feels like they shouldn`t belong in this movie, it`s not an awful movie just a truly dissapointing one considering what it could have been.

    • mattinacan

      the blade runner ‘plot holes’ you are mentioning are really small and a lot is explained if you read between the lines. prometheus was a gorgeous film, but that script by lindelof is a mess. it will not be remembered as one of his best.

  • Jacob

    These projects sound cool and all, but hasn’t Sir Ridley been attached to an adaptation of The Forever War for some time now? I sure as hell would like to see that:)

    • Nick Chrissis

      I’m really on the fence about that one, imo the forever war could be one the most greatest scifi flicks ever, sort of an apocalypse now in space. But i would truly hate to see a great story like that ruined. Wich it almost certainly would be by today’s screenwriters…

  • Big A

    Excited about the Martian and Prometheus sequel, but I really don’t like the idea of a Blade Runner sequel. I felt like that film was a masterpiece in it’s own, and doesn’t need a sequel. Not all films need sequels.

    • No wookies

      ^^^^^ this

    • MJ

      Agree 100%. Look what happened with Godfather Part III…horrible idea.

  • DoremusJessup

    Mannnn I wish he would pass these franchises off to another, more capable director. Scott hasn’t made much of value late. He’s flashed a lot of promise with the subject matter he approaches and the visuals that he captures, but it has been a long time since his films have had any substance.

  • Person

    Won’t Ford be too busy with Star Wars to do Blade Runner? Unless Lucas finally decided to kill him off…

    • Nick Chrissis

      Lucas isnt involved with the new SW films.

      • Person

        Lucas wrote the story outlines.

      • Nick Chrissis

        Ah i see, i stand corrected! :)

    • Nick Chrissis

      Lucas isnt involved with the new SW films.

  • Strong Enough

    its never going to get made. the prometheus sequel

  • Colin Christian

    Scott makes THE best Scifi movies. Only Kubrick’s 2001 is better,but that was just one flick.I know lots argue otherwise,but I thought Prometheus was amazing,I adore every frame,best looking movie in years.

    • mattinacan

      prometheus is gorgeous but the script was a mess

    • lord jim

      The original Solaris by Tarkowski is the best Scifi movie I have ever seen.Scott has always been style over substance, which is okay, but nowhere close to Tarkowsky and Kubrick.

  • Max Rockatansky

    Ridley can still direct. Just give the man a good script for goodness sake.

  • theseeker7

    It still blows my mind how The Counselor even got made. I mean, I’m going with the assumption that the finished film was similar to a significant degree to the original script, which means said script was unimaginably awful. Was it name recognition for Scott alone? I mean this thing was panned on just an epic scale. I couldn’t even get thru 25 minutes of it, and I rarely turn movies off early. It was just wretched, the dialogue was laughable, I honestly felt embarrassed for the actors.

    • MJ

      Hey, Sin City 2 got made.

    • lord jim

      Yo cannot have an opinion on a movie after 25 minutes, it´s certainly flawed and you have to be in the right mood, but I thought it was his most underrated movie, way better than Robin Hood and Prometheus.

  • Anthony Michael

    ROLAND DECKER?!

  • mattinacan

    how is Deckard going to be in this since he was a replicant. what was the life span of the nexus-7 model?

  • MJ

    This just in from the Disney Marketing crew that marketed John Carter…

    …they are recommending a title change from The Martian to The Astronaut instead.

  • Cedhollywood

    I for one will say it doesn’t matter how old a actor is as long as they still have “it”. But Ford will be in his mid to late seventies for a Blade Runner sequel. Never mind the fact that the tweens out there today and tomorrow don’t want to pay and see their grandfather in a action movie. But the fact is Ford really looked out of place and sad as a “action man” in the last Indy movie.

    • MJ

      He looked fine in the last Indy movie. The screenplay sucked and Shia LaBouf stunk — those were the issues, not Ford.

      • lord jim

        And Spielberg´s direction, Indy does not belong on a sound stage with a cgi sky.

    • lord jim

      Are you kidding, since when is Blade Runner considered an action movie?People who expected an action movie, or something like Star Wars are the ones who hate Blade Runner.I rather watch old actors than annoying teenagers.

      • Cedhollywood

        Action film
        Action film is a film genre in which one or more heroes are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include physical feats, extended fight scenes, violence, and frantic chases.

        Point is while its considered a “neo-noir Sci Fi film” its also a “action film”.

  • One of Nine

    It’s curious as to why Ford hasn’t officially confirmed his return as Decker or why he wouldn’t want to unless the script is awful which I doubt. In regards to Prometheus, it’s going to get a different director for sure and it needs too if Scott doesn’t have the time for it.

  • Rory Monteith

    I agree with Strong Enough — Prometheus 2 will never happen. Can’t imagine anyone at Fox really cares anymore.

  • Rory Monteith

    I agree with Strong Enough — Prometheus 2 will never happen. Can’t imagine anyone at Fox really cares anymore.

  • Rory Monteith

    I agree with Strong Enough — Prometheus 2 will never happen. Can’t imagine anyone at Fox really cares anymore.

  • Batty Mystic

    After watching the mess that was Prometheus, I think it’s best that Ridley Scott leave Blade Runner alone.

  • Batty Mystic

    After watching the mess that was Prometheus, I think it’s best that Ridley Scott leave Blade Runner alone.

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