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According to various reports, 20th Century Fox are in talks with Jack Palgen to pen the follow-up to last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, ‘Prometheus.’ Ridley Scott will produce again through his Scott Free banner though it’s unknown at this time if he will direct. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are also expected to return. Plot details are still being worked out, but Scott has said in interviews that while the first ‘Prometheus’ had several elements linking it to the ‘Alien’ franchise, this latest installment will feel more like its own film.
Jack Palgen’s script for ‘Transcendence’ drew the attention of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, who will be making his directorial debut on the project. Nolan is producing the sci-fi movie, which stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara.
Alcon Entertainment send word that Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of the upcoming ‘Blade Runner’ sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner, The Minus Man, The Mighty Quinn) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. While plot details are currently under wraps, Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded. Green recently completed rewrites on ‘Robopocalypse’ and Warners Bros. Pictures’ ‘Gods and Kings.’
The film’s producers previously announced that they are partnering to produce Blade Runner theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions. The original film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
Deadline are reporting that director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and 20th Century Fox are courting Christian Bale to play the lead in Scott’s Moses movie. Originally scripted by Adam Cooper and Bill Collagem the project is called ’Exodus.’ The film has reportedly become a big priority for the studio after Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) signed on to do a rewrite. Zaillian teamed with Scott on ‘American Gangster.’ Scott is looking to mobilize ’Exodus’ as soon as he completes ‘The Counselor.’
This ‘Exodus’ news comes shortly after Steven Spielberg dropped out of Warner Bros. Pictures Moses project, ‘Gods And Kings,’ the epic-sized film about life of Moses based on the script by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine. Ang Lee, fresh from his Oscar win for ‘Life Of Pi,’ is reportedly now being eyed to helm the film.
Machinima has today announced a partnership with Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and his commercial production company Ridley Scott and Associates (RSA) that will focus on building original science fiction content for distribution through the online platform. Initial plans call for the creation of 12 sci-fi short films. Machinima is the top global video entertainment network for males aged 18-34, reaching more than 2.6 billion views monthly. It is the top-rated entertainment channel on YouTube.
Machinima has provided a strong springboard for genre content on the web. The network distributed ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy,’ which revived the ‘Mortal Kombat’ franchise. It started with a short film and is now in its second season and led to a feature film in development. ‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ premiered last year and the series has received more than 3.2 million views. RSA has a stable of over 80 filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Neill Blomkamp, Joe Carnahan and Andrew Dominik.
Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’ Set For November – Starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt & Javier Bardem
20th Century Fox has announced a November 15th release date for Ridley Scott’s thriller ‘The Counselor.’ The film features a stellar cast in Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, John Leguizamo, and Javier Bardem. The story for ‘The Counselor’ is said to follow a lawyer, simply named The Counselor (Fassbender), who gets embroiled in the drug trade and ends up fighting for his life. Pitt is playing Westray, who helps Fassbender’s lawyer get hold of a $20 million stash of cocaine. Bardem is taking the part of Reiner, a criminal who brings The Counselor into the drugs trade
The screenplay for the film comes from one of my favourite authors, Cormac McCarthy, whose critically acclaimed books have been adapted into ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘The Road,’ and ‘All The Pretty Horses.’ ‘The Councelor’ is the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors first screenplay. Insiders are describing it as “No Country For Old Men on steroids.” Producer Steve Schwartz has said the following about the ‘The Counselor’: “Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with its sexual obsessions. It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.” Expect more details regarding ‘The Counselor’ soon.
With ‘Prometheus’ out now on special edition Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, the Metro caught up with co-writer/director Ridley Scott to speak on the film, it’s upcoming sequel and the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel. Speaking on why he wanted to tackle the science-fiction again, Scott revealed, “I hadn’t done sci-fi for so long and I enjoyed doing it. Plus, when it comes to the Alien world, no one else had addressed the origin question and I thought that was interesting to tackle. Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [ Michael Fassbender’s David] that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous.” Metro followed that answer by asking, “So that’s the sequel?” To which the filmmaker replied, “[Laughs] I wish it was that easy. They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?”
Ridley Scott also touched on his planned ‘Blade Runner’ sequel, “It’s not a rumour – it’s happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live [laughs]. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage.”