Currently putting the final coat of cinematic paint on Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott (Prometheus) already has one eye on future projects, including his next directorial outing, The Martian. And from the sounds of a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, things are progressing along with all of them.
While two of the higher profile items on his ever expansive 'to do list' – the sequels to Blade Runner (1982) and Prometheus (2012) – tend to generate eye-rolls and sighs across some corners of the web, Scott is fully intending to make at least the Blade Runner follow-up as soon as he can, and with Harrison Ford, for preference.
"It's written and it's damn good," Scott tells the magazine's website. "Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years – despite the accident. So yes, that will happen."
Ford's commitment, however, still remains up in the air. As for scheduling on the Blade Runner front, Scott is looking to work on the project after he finishes The Martian. And then there's the Prometheus sequel. "That's the problem. I've got a lot of ducks in a row. But they're all written."
As for The Martian, the current plan is to kick off shooting in November, with Matt Damon (Elysium) attached to star as a stranded spaceman, the storyboards completed and locations in Budapest and Jordan's Wadi Rum desert terrain eyed as possibilities. Exodus: Gods And Kings, meanwhile, marches in on 26 December.