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Ridley Scott Updates Prometheus 2 And Other Sci-Fi Projects In The Works

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engineerAlthough 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.’

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Ridley Scott’s Forever War Adaptation Hires A New Writer

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Much was made of Ridley Scott’s return to big-screen science fiction with this past summer’s Prometheus, and while that film disappointed many, I still believe Ridley has another truly epic SF movie in him, if given the right script. Many of Prometheus’ problems originated in the script, both the Lindelof version and the earlier Alien: Engineers draft by Jon Spaihts. Another promising project on the horizon for Scott is an adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning The Forever War, and now the project has hired writer D.W. Harper to pen another draft of the script.