Ridley Scott Roundup: New Prometheus Featurette; A Scene from the Blade Runner Sequel Described; No Space Tourism for Scott
06.05.12 by BJSprecher
The phenomenal success of Marvel Studios' The Avengers — $554 million and counting, surpassing The Dark Knight to become the third-highest grossing movie ever at the domestic box office — clearly establishes that the superhero sub-genre of sci-fi is here to stay, but don't rule out "proper" sci-fi just yet. Prometheus opens this week, marking the return of visionary director Ridley Scott to the genre that he helped elevate with his influential works Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) after a more than a 25-year absence from the genre. And, Scott's non-Alien-movie-set-in-the-same-universe-as-Alien movie is only the first wave of his sci-fi comeback, with a sequel to Blade Runner already in development, as well.
To save all of you sci-fi fans the trouble of jumping from site to site to catch up on Ridley Scott sci-fi news, we've rounded up the latest for you, from the new Prometheus featurette to Scott's own description of a scene from his Blade Runner sequel. Strap yourself in and let the countdown begin, the space plane is ready to blast off (just don't expect Scott to be sitting next to you on your journey to the stars; he finds the idea "absurd").
Written by Damon Lindelof (Cowboys and Aliens) from a script originally written by Jon Spaihts to be a prequel to Alien, Prometheus goes beyond the horrors of the facehuggers and chestbursters that have typified the franchise on a quest to find answers about the origin of mankind on Earth. But what scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and the rest of the crew of the Prometheus discover upon their journey may spell doom for mankind.
In the latest featurette, Scott and Rapace discuss the big questions that drive the thrilling action in Prometheus and the motivations behind Shaw's willingness to risk her life to find answers to those questions.
The cast of Prometheus includes Idris Elba as Janek, captain of the Prometheus; Michael Fassbender as an android named David; Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland, head of Weyland Corp.; and Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, an agent of Weyland Corp., sent to oversee the mission. Other cast members include Kate Dickie as Ford, Sean Harris as Fifield, Rafe Spall as Milburn, and Patrick Wilson as Shaw's father.
It's likely going to be some time before we see any of the astounding visuals that Scott has in store for us in the Blade Runner sequel — original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher was only hired last month — but Scott recently offered a description of a scene from the movie in such detail that it almost paints a picture for us.
There’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight, and it’s flat like the plains of — where’s the Great Plains in America? Kansas, where you can see for miles. And it’s dirt, but it’s being raked. On the horizon is a combine harvester which is futuristic with klieg lights, 'cause it’s dawn. The harvester is as big as six houses. In the foreground is a small white clapboard hut with a porch as if it was from Grapes of Wrath. From the right comes a car, coming in about six feet off the ground being chased by a dog. And that’s the end of it, I’m not gonna tell you anything else.
Not much else is known about the sequel at this point. It will be set "some years after the first film concluded" and will definitely involve Replicants, though they may not be the "combat" and "pleasure" models seen in the original movie. Scott has also said that he has to have Harrison Ford appear in the movie — presumably, as "Blade Runner" Rick Deckard — but only as a supporting character to the lead "female protagonist." The movie does not yet have start or release dates.
Finally, what's the likelihood that Scott will take a trip into space in the near future as a "space tourist"? Nill, apparently. Scott recently told Esquire (via TMS) that the idea is "absurd" and he would "much rather have a martini and go to a nice restaurant."
I’m just not their target audience for this. The idea of flying in general does not appeal to me. I can barely understand why people want to fly at all, other than that it’s occasionally necessary.