Sir Ridley Scott likes to keep a number of irons in the fire. At one point, the legendary filmmaker’s IMDB had nearly as many "announced" projects as it did completed features. The Englishman likes to work, even at the older age of 76, and he has several sandboxes in which he’s able to play. Two of his most popular worlds might get extensions, in fact, as Ridley Scott says screenplays are reaching positions of completion. So what’s on the horizon, and when might we see these films?
Ridley Scott opened up to EW about three of his most-discussed projects: his Blade Runner sequel; his Prometheus sequel; and The Martian, which he wants to make with Matt Damon. Of the three, he suggests that The Martian will be next, adapted from Andy Weir’s novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars following a solar storm. Scott says he has storyboarded the entire film already, and is eyeing a November start for The Martian, with possible location shots in Budapest and the protected areas of Wadi Rum (for Mars). Click that link and scan the photos. You’ll understand why.
Fans, however, likely want to hear updates on Ridley Scott’s developing sequels to his beloved Blade Runner and his controversial Prometheus, which was meant to expand on his Alien universe. As for the former, Scott says that he’d like to get Harrison Ford back into the fold, and told EW:
It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the [Star Wars] accident. So yes, that will happen. … Probably after [The Martian.] That’s the problem. I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written."
Sir Ridley Scott is 76 years old. I’m almost half of his age, and I’m exhausted just thinking about all of the projects he would like to accomplish. Given the fact that a tight turnaround on a medium-scale movie could be a year, we need to wonder how many of these in-production projects the director will be able to complete before he eventually retires. Blade Runner exists in a spectacularly realized, futuristic society. The director reunited with his Blade Runner screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, to try and bring that universe back to life. But Harrison Ford, at 71, is no spring chicken – as that leg injury on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars proves – and he might be locked up in Lucas’ galaxy for the next few years.
So the Blade Runner sequel has a screenplay. And Sir Ridley Scott would love to do it after The Martian, with Matt Damon. Will the pieces fit into place on the calendar? Possibly, but we’ll know more down the line.