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.
Though 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.”
Of 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.