Ridley Scott is a machine. The dude churns out high concept genre work the way some of us make grilled cheese sandwiches. For decades now, he’s been writing and directing solid to great films, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Aside from his recent release, The Counselor, Scott has two other movies in the works: Exodus and The Forever War. Of course, because there ain’t no party like Ridley Scott party ’cause a Ridley Scott party don’t stop, the dude has yet more material waiting in the wings.
“Prometheus 2 is written . . . Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea.” He’s basically Ron Popeil shouting, ‘but wait there’s more!’ “Yeah, we’re working on [Blade Runner 2] right now – that will happen sooner or later.” Now’s the part where I start a personal conversation with Mr. Scott
Ridley, you are prolific. It’s admirable. You’re also talented. That is enviable. With that in mind, do you really think we need all of these sequels. Blade Runner is an almost perfectly told insulated story. It is one of my personal favorite movies ever made, and it executes its inherent ambiguity to perfection. Why mess with that, homie? And Prometheus 2? Really? That movie was insanity. You know it was insanity! What more could we possibly learn about Jesus aliens and the origins of humanity? Do you really intend to walk us step by step up to the Sigourney Weaver era of the Alien universe? Doesn’t that sound a little bonkers to you?
Knowing you, you’ll probably blow my mind with the new Blade Runner and Prometheus 2 will be a Terrence Malick film but in space. Whenever we count you out, you always come back strong. I’m just worried you’re gonna tire yourself out, not to mention your audience. I have no doubt that you’ve got the skills, but do you have the gas? Probably. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m watching your films as a an empty husk floating in a cryotube seven hundred years from now.