Ridley Scott Talks Blade Runner Sequel & Moses Film
With his long-awaited Prometheus film coming out this week, plus plans to start shooting his next film this month, 74-year-old director Ridley Scott isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
After returning to the sci-fi genre that helped define him after 30 years, his very next project will be screenwriter Cormac McCarthy‘s (No Country For Old Men) original drama, The Counselor.
But wait, the best is yet to come. Scott also has another two films in his sights; a sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner and an adaptation of the biblical tale of Moses, titled Moses.
The original screenwriter of Blade Runner, Hampton Fancher, has been working on the sequel’s script, with Scott having already begun to creatively develop the visual feel of the film himself. In a recent interview with Collider, Scott detailed a planned scene from the Blade Runner sequel:
“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.”
Following that, Scott also elaborated on his interests and plans for his possible involvement in the upcoming biblical tale, Moses. Not knowing a whole lot about Moses himself, Scott said that he is excited about the possibility of taking on the tale which will take a closer look at the Biblical figure’s life. If it goes ahead, the tale is set to take a more personal approach which will distinguish Scott’s adaptation from another upcoming biblical tale, Steven Spielberg‘s Gods and Kings which Spielberg is set to direct in 2013.
Not only that, but two other high profile biblical epics are already in the works including, director Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah led by Russell Crowe, and Scott Derrickson‘s Goliath. Although Moses isn’t a guaranteed go ahead, Scott is going to make sure he is keeping a close eye and personal interest on the project.
Prometheus opens in Australian cinemas this week (June 7).