With a number of beloved films under his belt and decades of experience behind the camera, Ridley Scott is perhaps one of the most accomplished veteran filmmakers working today. His proclivity for projects epic in both visual and thematic scope has only intensified both fan admiration as well as, in some cases, criticism over just how successful his movies are in telling their stories.
His 2012 Alien “prequel” Prometheus is one of the best examples of this polarizing effect, and the fact that Scott has both a sequel to that film as well as a follow-up to 1982 release Blade Runner – one of the most influential and heavily scrutinized of his films – in the works has drawn even more curiosity about what he has planned for both franchises. Now, once again, Scott teases what fans can expect from these sequels.
With his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings opening this week, MTV News recently caught up with the iconic director about his upcoming projects. Naturally, the conversation features spoilers for both Prometheus and Blade Runner. Here’s what Scott had to say about whether Prometheus 2 will continue to follow Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) after the first film’s ending:
“You have to. You can’t have a person go off into the galaxy and have a person who’s still got his head off. Once that head goes back on, he’s really dangerous, but he’s also very seductive. So maybe he’ll persuade her to help him put the head back.”
Of course, the fact that Rapace and Fassbender are likely to reprise their roles in the film isn’t exactly news, as both actors have speculated on the movie’s start date and what the story could involve. However, Scott’s admission that android David may continue to pull the strings is intriguing, as the first film left his motivations largely a mystery. It also indicates that perhaps some of the larger thematic questions raised but never truly addressed will be resolved in the sequel.
Scott also touched on the status of Blade Runner 2, confirming once again that the script is complete. He remained coy on the possibility of him actually directing the film but did reveal that Harrison Ford’s Deckard will not be involved in any voice-over narration. Hardcore fans may recall that the original theatrical cut of Blade Runner featured a closing narration that Scott later nixed in his 1991 director’s cut.
“Harrison and I really get on rather well. I sent him (the script), and he said ‘That’s the best thing I’ve ever read.’ So it’s very relevant to what happened in the first one. I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can with the special effects. Because you can’t really. With Blade Runner, we landed on a somehow very credible future. It’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”
Since much of the first film’s appeal lies with the philosophical elements of the plot, it’s reassuring that Scott sounds like he’s aiming to match that level of quality. But what about the signature production design that defines the film’s dystopian future? Scott answered that too.
“I think the key is to keep the design in its place. Otherwise, it just kills the credibility of what you’re watching. An explosion that’s too big, you go “How did he survive that?” and you’re right out of the movie.”
So it seems like Scott isn’t falling prey to the style-over-substance approach to his Blade Runner sequel. At this point, it’s far too early to tell whether that thinking will translate on the big screen, but at the very least, it’s an encouraging insight that the project could be on the right track. With any luck, the resulting film will be well worth the long wait (… regardless of whoever ends up directing it).
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