Ridley Scott is currently doing press rounds for The Counselor. The movie was a bit of a disappointment and tanked at the box office, but that’s okay because the director never slows down. He’s already charged ahead with his follow up, Exodus. In a recent interview with Empire, he says the story will be “Fucking huge” and of course he’ll have the parting of the Red Sea. For those unfamiliar with the project, Christian Bale is playing Moses (because if anyone looks Jewish, it’s a guy named “Christian”), John Turtorro as Pharaoh Seti, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, Seti’s wife, and Joel Edgerton as Pharoah Ramses. We previously reported that Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley may have roles, but Empire doesn’t mention those actors.
Scott was a bit unclear when it came to his upcoming slate of projects. He tells Empire that Prometheus 2 is written, but didn’t indicate when it would start shooting. He added, “I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015…”. In a recent interview with Steve, Michael Fassbender (who played the android David), the actor said he didn’t know when the sequel would start shooting. So if Scott’s next two movies aren’t Prometheus 2 (which would mean it wouldn’t start filming until 2016 at the earliest), what could the other movies be? Scott is never short on options (hence why he’s always working).
One of those projects could be The Forever War. We last reported on the film over three years ago, but Scott hasn’t forgotten the adaptation of Joe Haldeman‘s 1974 sci-fi novel, which “tells the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species [and has] pithy, insightful explorations of the inhumanity of war and of bureaucracy, and of the psychological effects resulting from time dilation space travel.” Scott tells Empire “we’ve finally got a very good draft of that for Fox,” but again, he’s unclear. Scott says, “I thought I’d left science-fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea…” So is “number two” the second Prometheus or is “number two” The Forever War?
In a less confusing update, Scott says they’re still working on Blade Runner 2, and “that will happen sooner or later.” It’s probably best to bet on “later” for this one.