Ridley Scott attached to new sci-fi film

News Simon Brew 14 May 2014 - 06:46
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It looks like Ridley Scott's next movie will be a sci-fi one - but not Prometheus 2...

As he puts the finishing touches to this December's Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott's next directorial project was expected to be Prometheus 2. That's been set for release in March 2016, and Scott presumably has first dibs on directing it. But has he picked something else to do instead?

Variety is reporting that Scott is set to direct the movie adaptation of Andy Weir's The Martian, which has Matt Damon attached to star. The book tells the story of an astronaut who becomes one of the first people to walk on Mars, only to then face the prospect of dying there too when circumstances leave him stranded.

It's reported that Scott is "in talks to direct" the movie. That'd potentially mean that Prometheus 2 goes to another director, with Scott producing (as had been rumoured), or that the schedule might just be being jiggled around a little. That or the untitled Ridley Scott sci-fi movie that Fox set for March 2016 was never Prometheus 2 in the first place.

More as we hear it...

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Come on Ridders, stop faffing about and give us THE FOREVER WAR.

Hear hear.

Enjoyed the book. Optimistic about the film.

I must admit to being a little concerned. A large part of the novel's success was down to its very funny main character. Ridley Scott has yet to demonstrate any ability to direct comedy and his most recent efforts haven't exactly demonstrated a deft touch with the characterisation of his main players.

Sounds like a sales video for this one way trip to mars project.

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What happened to Blade Runner 2 then?

Hopefully he's forgotten about it.

I dunno, the casting of GI Jane was quite amusing....

'bout to say the same thing.

Anything to distract him from "Blade Runner" is good news to me.

I suppose in the hands of a good director, bad books can make good films, and The Martian is shockingly bad - it's slush-pile dreck that's not good enough for publication, the kind of third-rate drivel you can find on any fanfic site.

Unfortunately I'm not sure I see Scott as a good director any more. His latest efforts haven't been up to much - Prometheus was a complete turkey. Sometimes visual flair isn't enough.

Why not make The Forever War with Matt Damon instead?

Yeah, I have to agree. Ridley really seems to have lost it recently. Time to go back to hovis adverts

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