Ridley Scott continues his “The Martian” press commitments and has spoken some more about the high profile sequels to both “Prometheus” and “Blade Runner” which are both slated to film next year.
Speaking with Yahoo, he first talked about the “Prometheus” sequel “Alien: Paradise Lost” and offered some plot details and comparisons to the classic Milton poem:
“Have you ever read Paradise Lost, by Milton? In a funny kind of way, it’s an interesting basis for the darkness of [Prometheus 2]. Where the good-looking guy, who is evil as s-t, gets all the girls and goes to the nightclubs. The other guy, who is not quite as good-looking, is boring as hell and stays home.
So in a funny kind of way, we used that as the basis for it, it’ll be Alien: Paradise Lost. Which is very spooky, because it continues after the last one, where Elizabeth Shaw [Noomi Rapace] says, ‘I wanna go where they came from.’ And you’ve got Michael Fassbender in two parts, so she’ll slowly put him back together.
They will go to the world of the Engineer… That’s where they’re going to go. They will find out who would design such an awful bio-mechanoid creature, like a massive piece of bacteria.”
Meanwhile there’s the “Blade Runner” sequel and Scott surprisingly reveals it isn’t just “Prometheus” that might be getting multiple follow-ups. Asked “You’re doing four Prometheus movies. Do you want to do the same with Blade Runner?” he says:
“Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say ‘Work to live,’ and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.”
The new film sees the return of Harrison Ford along with the inclusion of Ryan Gosling. Asked about the setting, Scott says events will have moved in real-time from the original:
“It was 2017, so coming back it’ll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.”
Scott re-affirmed his stance about Deckard: “Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it”. He also spoke about Ford’s reaction to the project:
“Harrison said, ‘Mehh,’ and I said, ‘No, read this.’ And I think he said, ‘This is the best script I’ve ever had.’ We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”
“Alien: Paradise Lost” aims to begin shooting in February. “Blade Runner 2” is targeting a Summer start.