Ridley Scott recently discussed the status of the sequels to 2012’s “Prometheus” and 1982’s “Blade Runner” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
According to Scott, the scripts for both films are already finished, but his busy schedule is holding up production. That being said, “Blade Runner 2” will likely be the first of the two movies to start shooting, after Scott wraps up his current projects.
“It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison [Ford], who is a survivor after all these years — despite the accident,” Scott said, referring in jest to Ford’s injury on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The script was penned by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the 1982 original, and Michael Green (“Green Lantern”).
As for “Prometheus 2” — which is speculated to be called “Paradise” — Scott hinted that it could be a little further off.
“That’s the problem. I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row,” he explained. “But they’re all written.”
Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to reprise their roles as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the android David, respectively.
The “Blade Runner” sequel will likely film after Scott finishes work on “Exodus: Gods and Kings” — a biblical epic following the story of Moses (Christian Bale) — and the sci-fi survival film “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon and based on the novel by Andy Weir.
Regarding “The Martian,” Scott said: “I think I’m going to shoot in Budapest. And we’ll probably shoot in Wadi Rum for Mars. I like Wadi Rum — it’s the best view I’ve ever seen of what could be Mars.”
Scott is best known for making the 1979 sci-fi horror classic “Alien,” in addition to “Blade Runner.” He also directed “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Prometheus,” which was a pseudo-prequel to “Alien.”
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” hits theaters Dec. 12, with “The Martian” expected to arrive in November 2015. No dates have been set for the “Blade Runner” and “Prometheus” sequels.