Ridley Scott's 'Stoker' Starring Jodie Foster & Carey Mulligan?
by Ethan Anderton
June 25, 2010
There are two halves to this news story, and while one is very solidly confirmed, the other should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being. Yesterday Pajiba reported that Jodie Foster and Carey Mulligan were attached to star in Stoker, a story scripted by Ted Foulke which tells the story of a moody teenager who, after the death of his father, has to deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with their family. According to The Playlist, this casting has been confirmed by the recent issue of Production Weekly, but they've also been tipped off that Sir Ridley Scott may be eyeing the project as a potential directing gig.
This isn't entirely out of left field since Stoker is already set up at Fox Searchlight with Scott Free, but when you look at the plethora of projects Scott has on his upcoming slate, it's just one more on a growing pile. In addition to two incoming Alien prequels, there's also an adaptation of the board game Monopoly, a movie about the Gucci fashion dynasty, an American remake of the UK's Red Riding Trilogy and a lot more as a producer. I'm sure Scott's attention is mostly focused on the Alien prequels right now, but if he does direct this it would be a ways down the road. But stay tuned as I'm sure we'll get more info on this sooner or later.
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
sweet, Ridley Scott always does well. Also that pic of Fosters is amazing!!!! Kudos Anderton.
Xerxex on Jun 25, 2010
I wish he'd drop the stupid-sounding Monopoly movie and the rather pointless remake of Red Riding. The rest of these projects sound pretty good though. If he goes with this film starring the likes of Foster and Mulligan, that will probably be the healthiest career choice he's made since Matchstick Men. After a run of adequate but turgid movies, I think Scott needs to take stock and change direction a bit, rediscover his form. Especially before tackling a new Alien film. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what he does next...
Mathieu on Jun 25, 2010
*2 "After a run of adequate but turgid movies", which director are you relating to? As for Ridley Scott none of his films are turgid just not to your taste. I love his films and since MM everyone is better than the vast majority of the crap that makes bucketloads of dosh, like Transformers, Clash of the Titans, Iron Man even the overated Avatar. But I accept most of these type of films are aimed at 15 to 25 year olds. Cant wait to see the Alien prequels, Forever War, Brave New World and hopefully the western that he has been promising. The media surrounding what he will direct next has to be taken with a pinch of salt as he produces and executive produces so much ie Numbers, The Good Wife, the soon to be seen Pillars Of Earth. Still the greatest director working in my opinion.
macatae on Jun 26, 2010
*2" Firstly, Sir Ridley Scott (an elderly gentleman no question) used the term "phenomenal" when he referred to "Avatar"... Secondly, he is a master at creating a milieu. That's his priority. It's not enough to deem him the greatest among contemporary directors. He'e made one or two masterpieces, a few very good films and many well-shot forgettable misfires. I hope he'll manage to give us something extraordinary again before he retires.
Marty on Jun 26, 2010
*2" Firstly, Sir Ridley Scott (an elderly gentleman no question) used the term "phenomenal" when he referred to "Avatar"... Secondly, he is a master at creating a milieu. That's his priority. It's not enough to deem him the greatest among contemporary directors. He's made one or two masterpieces, a few very good films and many well-shot forgettable misfires. I hope he'll manage to give us something extraordinary again before he retires.
Marty on Jun 26, 2010
Not quite sure what element in my fairly even-handed post required such an angry response. I'm a big fan of Ridley Scott, which is why it is sad to see the director of Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and Gladiator (amongst other excellent films) making some rather underwhelming movies of late. Anyone who thinks Robin Hood, Body Of Lies, Hannibal and the like are in the same league as Blade Runner needs to see a doctor! 😉 Look, I'll defend Legend, 1492, Someone To Watch Over Me, the director's cut of Kingdom Of Heaven and Matchstick Men until the cows come home. But as much as it pains me to say anything negative about him, after the temporary boost of Gladiator, he's been pretty hit-and-miss. I feel he needs to take a little break, take more time over each film instead of just cranking them out and then he'll soon be able to give us another couple of masterpieces to inspire audiences and filmmakers alike before he retires.
Mathieu on Jun 26, 2010
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