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Ridley Scott And Walking Dead Makeup Man Working On Dystopian Sci-Fi Series For AMC

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RidleyAMC demonstrated a willingness to take chances in less “respectable’ genres when it picked up The Walking Dead, based on the long-running comic series by Robert Kirkman. Needless to say, that one worked out okay for them, and in recent weeks the top-notch cable network has announced even more upcoming science fiction projects in the works. Now they’ve added another to the slate: an untitled dystopian, science fiction series from Ridley Scott, Scott Free production company.

The news comes from Deadline, but at this stage we have neither a name nor a logline for the project. Nevertheless, with the talent involved, this is one worth watching. As mentioned, Ridley Scott is developing the show, with Generation Kill’s Evan Wright on writing duties and serving as executive producer. Also onboard is The Walking Dead’s makeup master/co-exec producer Greg Nicotero. Given Nicotero’s invovlement, we can assume the project will likely involve some elements that will benefit from his singular skills at creating amazing effects.

This is the third science fiction series announced by AMC in the past month or so. Blake Masters, who created AMC’s short-lived but brilliant Rubicon, is working on a series called Line of Sight. It’s about a Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash and becomes obsessed with figuring out what caused it.

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Ridley Scott And Machinima Team Up For 12 Sci-Fi Shorts

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Legendary Blade Runner and Alien director Ridley Scott, through his Ridley Scott and Associates commercial production brand, is going to team with Machinima to churn out a dozen short science fiction films.

This alliance seeks to capitalize on Machinima’s connection to the coveted, yet difficult to crack, 18-34 year-old male market, while making use of RSA’s access to top-tier filmmaking talent. The end game is to make these 12 shorts, use Machinima’s network to get them out there in the world at large, and should any of these films prove successful, perhaps turn them into larger, more profitable projects.

Scott has this to say about the collaboration:

RSA has always been at the forefront of creating innovative work. With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans. It’s a tremendous opportunity for pushing the creative boundaries for both our filmmakers and the audience.

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Prometheus 2 Script In The Works, Says Star Noomi Rapace

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I’m not sure which move is the correct one for director Ridley Scott. Follow in the dumb-decision-making path of the characters in Prometheus and make another beautiful but vapid thorn in the Alien mythos? Or hedge his Michael Fassbenders and move on to more original ideas? Sure, there’s always Option C, where he makes a sequel and it’s highly successful and sensible, but we’re not living in one of Scott’s movies, readers. This is reality.

Prometheus star Noomi Rapace was promoting her latest film, Dead Man Down, in an interview with The Playlist when the conversation naturally turned toward that most notorious of recent science fiction blockbusters. Rapace shared that things are moving forward on the sequel’s screenplay, which will be gloriously free of Damon Lindelof’s involvement.

“They’re working on the script,” Rapace says. “I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.”

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Scott Z. Burns Talks Blade Runner Sequel

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You guys know how Ridley Scott does things. He attaches his name to so many things, it’s impossible to guess which things he’ll actually choose to direct. One that many fans would just as well remain in the “unmade” column is the oft-rumored Blade Runner sequel. Well, here’s some ambiguously positive news that should make everyone’s current feelings on the matter a tad more intensified.

A while back, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns’ name was attached to the new Blade Runner project, and was then quickly denied and brushed under the rug. In a recent Collider interview promoting Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, however, Burns says he and Ridley Scott have indeed talked Blade Runner, but their future collaboration won’t necessarily be that project. Either way, it’s bound to be an interesting project, as Burns is a hot commodity right now, and his involvement in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will probably get his name mentioned around these parts a time or two.

When asked about the rumors of his involvement, Burns had this to say:

I talked to Ridley about it at one point as a part of a larger conversation about us trying to find something to do together because I have such admiration for him. I’m as huge a fan of that movie as anybody else who would be reading this or watching it, so what I said to him was, ‘Let’s not do that unless we have something amazing to do or to say, because I don’t want to touch that idea unless I really feel like I have something amazing to contribute and right now I don’t know what that is.’

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Ridley Scott Producing Flick About Psychic Spies

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Between Prometheus, the Prometheus sequel, and the oft-rumored Blade Runner sequel, Ridley Scott seems to be diving back into the genre that made him a geek legend with gusto. Now we can add another genre outing to his development slate, as he’s going to produce an adaptation of Mind MGMT, a Dark Horse sci-fi comic about psychic spies.

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Quentin Tarantino Says Prometheus Had Some Dumb Stuff In It

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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was one of the most polarizing movies of the summer, disappointing many fans who were eager to see the director’s return to the genre of science fiction. As it turns out, iconic film director Quentin Tarantino agrees with the film’s naysayers, and as the Pulp Fiction director puts it, the movie “had some dumb stuff in it.”

While doing promotion for his latest film, Django Unchained, Tarantino appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to talk about movies. Tarantino told Ferguson that, while making Django Unchained, he didn’t have enough time to watch new movies in the theater, but he did have an opportunity to watch Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Watch the video below (jump to the 4:45 mark to hear the sci-fi talk).