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Ridley Scott: 'Martian,' 'Blade Runner,' 'Prometheus' sequels are all written

Ridley Scott is a busy man. The director, 76, is currently putting the final touches on Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (in theaters Dec. 12). But last week, he told EW a little about his next project, The Martian starring Matt Damon, which is slated for November 2015. “It’s a very good book,” says Scott of Andy Weir’s novel, which was originally self-published in 2012 before being republished by Crown this year. (You can read EW’s review of The Martian here.) The story follows Mark Watney, an astronaut who becomes stranded and assumed dead on Mars after a deadly storm. “It’s like Robinson Crusoe—if you were marooned or shipwrecked, how do you survive?”

Scott says he’s already storyboarded the film and is ready to begin shooting in November. “I think I’m going to shoot in Budapest,” he says. “And we’ll probably shoot in Wadi Rum for Mars. I like Wadi Rum—it’s the best view I’ve ever seen of what could be Mars.” (The alien-looking location in Jordan has been used in Lawrence of Arabia and, more recently, for some of Scott’s Exodus.)

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Ridley Scott planning another Bible epic, based on the life of David

On the same day that the first trailer for his Moses movie—Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale—debuted on the Internet, Ridley Scott has announced his intention to tackle another Biblical epic. As first reported in Variety, Scott, Exodus producer Peter Chernin, and 20th Century Fox are re-teaming for a movie about David, the boy who slew Goliath and grew up to be the exalted king of Israel.

Jonathan W. Stokes, who penned the script for the Benedict Cumberbatch project Blood Mountain, is writing a screenplay that will focus on David’s reign as king, following his early battle with the giant Philistine. Scott, however, may only produce—and not direct—depending on his schedule, though obviously, 20th Century Fox would welcome the Oscar nominee behind the camera for what presumably would be another big-budget adventure. As yet, no director has been announced. READ FULL STORY

Video: Christian Bale fights a biblical battle in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer

We’ve seen director Ridley Scott do the whole swords-and-sandals thing before, in 2000’s Gladiator, but now he’s going even further back in time with Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Christian Bale plays a pre-Ten Commandments Moses, going head-to-head with Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) to free hundreds of thousands of slaves. Watch the first trailer for the biblical epic below: READ FULL STORY

'Blade Runner' sequel: Ridley Scott wants Harrison Ford back

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Han Solo is not the only Harrison Ford character making a comeback. Ridley Scott wants the actor to reprise the role of Replicant-hunter Rick Deckard for an upcoming Blade Runner sequel.

In a somewhat unusual move, the producers at Alcon Entertainment announced this morning that they are making an offer to the 71-year-old actor to appear in the movie, which obviously would pick up several decades after the events of the original sci-fi tale.

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Ridley Scott in early talks to direct Matt Damon in 'The Martian'

Ridley Scott, who knows a little something about space thrillers, is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to direct Matt Damon in The Martian, a project that has drawn comparisons to Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

As The Hollywood Reporter initially reported, the Alien auteur would take the place of Cabin the Woods director Drew Goddard, who left to supervise Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff, Sinister Six. Goddard had already written a script, based on Andy Weir’s self-published book, which tells the story of an injured astronaut stranded on Mars who must improvise to survive while Earth’s scientists attempt a rescue operation to bring him home. Damon is also not yet officially attached, though he has a solid relationship with the film’s producer Simon Kinberg, who also produced Elysium.

Ridley Scott and 'Green Lantern' scribe readying 'Prometheus 2' for 2016

Prometheus 2 — or a Prometheus sequel by some other name — might be in theaters as soon as March 4, 2016.

On Friday, Fox announced plans to release an untitled Ridley Scott movie on that date, and yesterday, The Wrap reported that Green Lantern writer Michael Green was re-writing the Prometheus 2 script with that target date in mind. (Green and Scott are also collaborating on a Blade Runner sequel.)

Production could begin on Prometheus 2 as soon as this fall, after Scott finishes his Moses film, Exodus, starring Christian Bale. According to the report, Michael Fassbender will return for the sequel, as the script calls for multiple android “David”s.

20th Century Fox confirmed that Green was now working on the script. Scott did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Fox sets 'Wolverine' and 'Fantastic Four' release dates through 2018

It’s never too early to make movie plans. Especially when you’re a studio with a billion-dollar franchise at stake. 20th Century Fox, which has only recently cast its new Fantastic Four and has another X-Men movie out this summer, has announced release dates for Fantastic Four II, the next Wolverine standalone — and a mystery third Marvel film.

The rebooted Fantastic Four, with Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Miles Teller reportedly aboard, is scheduled for June 19, 2015, but Fox has already penciled in a sequel for July 14, 2017.

Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, who stars in this May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, will return in another standalone movie, targeted for March 3, 2017. His last solo effort, 2013’s The Wolverine, grossed $414.8 million globally. That film’s director, James Mangold, is attached to the next sequel as well. (Another X-Men all-star movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, will open May 27, 2016.) READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Is Michael Fassbender out of order in 'The Counselor'?

For someone who oozes movie-star charisma, Michael Fassbender doesn’t seem to care a whit whether we like his characters or not. There was Shame, of course, in which he played a depressing sex-addict. In 12 Years a Slave, he is a sadistic Southern plantation tyrant who abuses his slaves in every possible way. And in The Counselor, which opens today, he plays a greedy lawyer who gets in way over his head with the Mexican drug cartel.

The movie is full of big names — Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz — but they all submit their stardom to author Cormac McCarthy, who penned the script, his first screenplay. McCarthy is best known for his heart-of-darkness novels, like No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, and The Road, so The Counselor is certainly the most colorful of his tales — at least in the superficial sense. But underneath director Ridley Scott’s florescent-tinted veneer, The Counselor is McCarthy to the bone. Very bad things happen to people — some who deserve them, some who don’t.

The critics seem to be torn about the R-rated movie, with few pundits wavering on the fence. It’s either wackadoodle brilliant, or, as EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote, “a jaw-dropping misfire.” Click below for some other opinions before you head to the theater this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and more act naughty in 'The Counselor' trailer -- VIDEO

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Have you been bad?

Michael Fassbender certainly has, as noticed in The Counselor‘s new trailer (which is thankfully in English this time.) The star-studded flick features performances by Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz — not to mention a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, all brought together under the guidance of director extraordinaire Ridley Scott.

Obviously Fassbender’s character has been up to no good and even though he has a beautiful fiancee (Cruz) and a seemingly fanciful life, the drug world is just a little too dark to keep your hands completely clean. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Counselor': First look at Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz in Cormac McCarthy thriller -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

It’s never too late to sell your first script. Of course, it helps if you’re Pulitzer Prize-winning prose maestro Cormac McCarthy. While a number of McCarthy’s novels have been successfully translated into films — All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road — Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Counselor is the first to be based on an original screenplay by the author himself. Scott had previously circled an adaptation of McCarthy’s 1985 masterpiece Blood Meridian, a project that has been killed more times than the characters in its pages.

The director re-teams with Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender, who stars as a lawyer looking to make a little extra money by getting involved in a one-off drug deal. Unsurprisingly, things do not exactly go well. More specifically, they devolve into a nightmarish imbroglio of backstabbing and existential violence. Based on the dialogue-free pages of the screenplay excerpted earlier this month in The New Yorker, the film appears to share the sparse, bloody undertones of 2007’s similarly Southwest-set No Country for Old Men. Brad Pitt, McCarthy alum Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penélope Cruz all round out the impressive cast. Check out these another exclusive image from the film below and ponder all the terrible, vivid ways in which these characters are probably going to die.
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