With Netflix and Amazon churning out original content — and the former even racking up Emmy noms and wins for House of Cards — the entertainment landscape has fundamentally changed. You no longer have to be a traditional broadcast or cable network to be a major player, so it’s not surprising that Microsoft wants a piece of the action, specifically for their Xbox Live service. They landed a major name last year with the announcement that Steven Spielberg would be producing a series based on Microsoft’s best-selling Halo franchise. There were even rumors that Elysium’s Neill Blomkamp might direct the pilot (which would only be appropriate). Well, now you can add another huge “get” to Microsoft’s checklist, because Ridley Freaking Scott will be developing a second Halo series for Xbox Live.
Although Prometheus was on the disappointing side of movie-going when it released in 2012, the film turned a pretty penny for Twentieth Century Fox and director Ridley Scott. Its success convinced the movie studio to greenlight a sequel and possible trilogy, but the question surrounding Prometheus 2 is, will people show up to a theater to watch the sequel to a mediocre science fiction movie? [I give you Exhibit A – the Transformers movies. – Ed.]
While promoting his new film The Counselor on the Empire Magazine podcast, director Ridley Scott updated genre fans on his upcoming projects including Prometheus 2, Blade Runner 2, and an entirely new science fiction project. “Prometheus 2 is written,” says Scott, but he doesn’t indicate when it might start shooting. “I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015”
Scott is referring to the biblical epic Exodus, starring Christian Bale, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton for 2014. The 2015 project he mentions is a film based on The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, which the 75-ear-old director calls “one of the last great science-fiction books.” Scott explains:
‘We’ve finally got a very good draft of that for Fox,’ said Scott. ‘I thought I’d left science-fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea.’
Film fandom allows for very fickle behavior. Loving a movie often implies nothing would be better for the viewer than spending more time in that cinematic universe, but the subject of extending that universe into sequels is where the conversation turns sour, with only the most extreme opinions getting voiced: “Sequels suck!” or “Sequels rule!” Ridley Scott’s proposed and possibly upcoming follow-up to 1982’s genre classic Blade Runner is enough to start a battle between people who otherwise agree on everything, and now there is a little more fuel for that fire. Harrison Ford recently told IGN that he is definitely considering coming bac for a sequelk, and really seems to be leaning in that direction. This was already a considerable possibility that seemed likely, but now the man himself is saying it. I mean, assuming this was the real Harrison Ford and not some Hollywood-manufactured duplicate.
While Ford has generally been keeping mum on the matter, he opened up during an interview promoting Ender’s Game. When asked if he’d be interested in returning for another film if the script was right, Ford said, “Uh, yeah. We’ve been chatting about it.” I guess he could have meant he and his barber were talking about it, but we’ll assume he meant Scott.
Ridley Scott’s Alien is a classic of the genre, and a huge inspiration on damn near every science fiction film that followed it. It’s a film that hits every single note it strives for, from a tight, nerve-wracking script, to a top-notch cast, to amazing visual effects and model work. It’s that last element that we’re most interested in today, as Alien visual effects miniatures artist Jon Sorensen has shared a bounty of incredible behind-the-scenes images from Scott’s film. You’ll want to find a bib, because these babies are going to make some of you drool.
As Ridley Scott develops the sequel for his 2012 film Prometheus, the 75-year-old director will be producing a new science fiction film for his production company Scott Free Productions and Twentieth Century Fox. Scott often produces the films he directs, but sometimes he takes the opportunity just to get a project going from the screenplay to the big screen without taking the director’s seat. (Such as The East with Brit Marling, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, and Joe Carnahan’s The Grey).
According to Deadline, Scott’s latest science fiction production is from first-time screenwriter Daniel Turkewitz, and it’s called Tranquility Base. There is not much known about the film at this point, but it is believed to have elements of Lord of the Flies, but set in outer space. Of course, Tranquility Base is the location where the Apollo 11 Lunar Module containing Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins first landed on the Moon in 1969.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than a year since Ridley Scott’s Prometheus underwhelmed science fiction fans worldwide. That may be a bit harsh. It’s a deeply flawed film to be sure, and we could spend all day debating and yelling about various plot holes, inconsistencies, and the crew’s ability to make the absolute wrong decision in every single situation. Still, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Prometheus.
But we’re getting sidetracked. Today The Wrap has learned that the Prometheus sequel, strangely enough known as Prometheus 2 at this point, is moving forward. Screenwriter Jack Paglen has reportedly been given the Herculean task of writing a part two that doesn’t suck. At the end of the first film we see Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s android David blasting off into space to continue the search for the mysterious Engineers. Presumably those two would be back for a sequel, but at this point it’s unclear what exactly the story will entail.
Paglen is relatively young blood in Hollywood. In fact, he only has one credit listed on IMDb. He penned the script for Transcendence, the sci-fi directorial debut from Christopher Nolan’s principal cinematographer, Wally Pfister.