Ridley Scott Returning to Sci-Fi After Nottingham!
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott is finally returning to the science fiction genre! It's been over 25 years since Ridley made Blade Runner and he's recently made public statements claiming "sci-fi films are as dead as westerns." Apparently it's not dead Mr. Scott! The guys over at EclipseMagazine.com recently interviewed Ridley and he spoke to them about a project he's excited to work on following Nottingham. It's sci-fi, it's based on a book, and it's something he's been wanting to make for over 20 years. He wouldn't reveal any more details at the moment, but this one has got to be big if he's decided to come back to sci-fi. And it seems like we're finally going to see his follow-up to Blade Runner!
Now don't misinterpret me, what I meant by follow-up is that it's a project that he was interested in working on following Blade Runner. He says that he's been waiting to get this book for 20 years which means he must've found it and fell in love with it just a few years after finishing Blade Runner. Eclipse asked Scott why he hasn't done more sci-fi films and he gave this answer.
I am going to do one. I waited for a book for 20 years and I have got the book. I am not going to tell you what the book is but that film is going to probably be written within the next month. That will definitely be what I do next after Nottingham, the Robin Hood film that I am doing now in England.
The Nottingham film he's talking about is the revisionist Robin Hood with Russell Crowe. Scott is also finishing up House of Lies, a CIA thriller with Leonardo DiCaprio and Crowe. I think Scott's line-up for the next few years sounds incredibly promising. House of Lies looks great, Nottingham I've been excited for since the start, and now we'll see him finally return to sci-fi!
Last August Ridley made a rather bold statement claiming that "sci-fi films are as dead as westerns." He explains that "there's nothing original. We've seen it all before," adding that "there is an overreliance on special effects as well as weak storylines" in modern sci-fi films. So obviously this one must be something special. Not only is it entirely original and something we've never seen before, but like Blade Runner, it will be heavy on story and light on special effects. Actually, it's incredibly refreshing to hear that he's out to break the Hollywood mold again and show us how great sci-fi movies should be made nowadays!
I do believe that Ridley Scott is one of the great filmmakers ever and it's ridiculously exciting to know that he's going to return. Any thoughts on what book he might be adapting? How many of you are excited to see Ridley return to sci-fi? And here's an interesting question - with some rough-on-the-edges films like Kingdom of Heaven and A Good Year recently, does Ridley still have it in him to make another brilliant sci-fi flick? You can read the complete interview over at EclipseMagazine.com, where he also goes on to mention some new details about Blood Meridian, another project he's got in the works.