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.
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.
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.”
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.