Ridley Scott Updates 'Blade Runner' & 'Prometheus' Sequels' Status
This December, we'll see if Ridley Scott can finally deliver another great film by returning to the sword and sandal tale of Exodus: Gods and Kings (the trailer had impressive visuals, but felt a bit artificial otherwise). But he's got plenty of other projects on his future slate to keep him busy. The director's next film has been confirmed to be the sci-fi drama The Martian starring Matt Damon, but many are wondering when he'll get around to directing the developing sequels to his classic Blade Runner and the Alien prequel Prometheus. Well, Scott gave a brief update on the status of both sequels, giving us a vague timetable.
When it comes to Blade Runner, Scott confirmed to EW that the script written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original film) and Michael Green (of Green Lantern) is completed and just waiting for him to shoot it, "It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison [Ford], who is a survivor after all these years—despite [his Star Wars] accident. So yes, that will happen." But when? Scott says, "Probably after [The Martian.]. That’s the problem, I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written." Scott isn't getting any younger, so the sooner he gets to these projects, the better.
Now you might have noticed that Scott didn't specifically mention Prometheus 2. But considering his comments on the development of Blade Runner 2, that means that the prequel sequel isn't in the immediate future. After all, The Martian is next, with a release date already set by Fox for November 25th, 2015. And if Scott follows it up immediately with the Blade Runner follow-up, that wouldn't be complete until 2017 most likely. So that means Prometheus 2 wouldn't be in the cards until 2019 or 2020. Fans are probably more hungry for a new Blade Runner than the continuation of Prometheus, but if the latter film is any indicator of the quality of a Blade Runner follow-up, that's a cause for concern. Anyway, who knows how all this will play out, but stay tuned.