Last year 20th Century Fox hired Jack Paglen to write a script for Prometheus 2. Back in March of this year they brought Michael Green (who just wrote the new Blade Runner for Ridley Scott and Warner Bros) on to rewrite it. Despite the hopeful Blade Runner 2 association and some encouraging comments from the director himself, the involvement of Ridley Scott in all of this has been something of a premature foregone conclusion. I mean, he’ll be involved somehow. But will he actually direct the thing? We haven’t really gotten a confirmation on this one way or another.
The Hollywood Reporter just put up a story a few moments ago that has Scott in talks to direct The Martian, another space epic, for Fox. Matt Damon is set to star. And you kind of get the sense that this thing is going to happen sooner rather than later because its initial director, Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods), “left the project due to his directing commitments for Sony’s Sinister Six, the planned Spider-Man spin-off.” It kind of sounds like a timing issue and Scott could be on this as soon as he finishes up post on Exodus.
Which doesn’t leave a lot of time for Prometheus 2 (it’s possible that Fox is okay sitting on P2 for another year or two, but that doesn’t really gel with the renewed urgency the production seems to have). It would also mean two back to back sci-fi/space movies, which might be more than Scott is interested in taking on (he famously didn’t come back to the Alien franchise for quite some time because he wanted to do something different).
Last week Michael Fassbender seemed more bullish than usual on Prometheus 2‘s prospects (though, to be fair, he still didn’t know when it was happening), which gives some creedence to the studio’s enthusiasm for the project.
Right now this is all just a series of questions. I don’t have any more info than what I’m laying out here. But it’s interesting to ponder the possibility of Scott guiding the franchise as a producer rather than a director. If The Martian is shifting directors in and out because of scheduling, it would seem that it’s at least possible that this project takes first position over Prometheus 2. Would Fox wait another couple of years for a sequel? And is Scott even still interested?