At today’s press conference in Sydney announcing the planned start production on “Alien: Covenant” in Australia in March, filmmaker Ridley Scott also talked a bit about some far future projects he has planned.
First up, the “Blade Runner” sequel which he will write and which Denis Villeneuve will direct. Scott confirms that the film will be primarily shot on sound stages in Budapest, Hungary – the same facility which he shot “around 94%” of this year’s sci-fi hit ‘The Martian'”. Additional shooting will take place in Beijing, China.
Then there’s the two further “Alien” prequel films he intends to shoot after “Alien: Covenant”. The Australian government committed a one off tax offset for “Alien: Covenant” to get the film made in Australia – raising it from 16% to 30%.
That raise is now under consideration to be made permanent for all productions with a decision to be made before May next year according to foreign minister Julie Bishop. Should that go ahead, Scott says the idea would then be to shoot the two further “Alien” films in Australia.