THERE’S NO KILLING RIDLEY SCOTT

No doubt there were plenty of tears in the rain throughout these unforgiving summer months, especially after Ridley Scott announced he’s to helm a modern replicant, a Blade Runner for our ages. Now a new generation can glimpse attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, or c-beams glittering in the dark by the Tannhauser gate. As long as we aren’t forced to watch Sam Worthington aimlessly chasing rubbery CGI… then it really would be time to die.

All we can do is wildly speculate but the producers at Alcon Entertainment, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, have said that the film would be a prequel or a sequel and not a remake of the dystopian 1982 movie. The ‘company’, which is what we will call them, purchased the rights and instantly cajoled Scott into being involved – it seems, aged 73, the British director still can’t put to bed his extraordinary legacy.

One elder statesman who won’t be involved though is Harrison Ford. Not because Rick Deckard wouldn’t be seen dead with a diamond stud, we think it’s more that certain questions should never be answered. Still, replicant or no replicant, we’d put good money on the old Deckard duffing up the new kid in town. Hopefully Pris returns, and the set and music are just as mind-blowing in Scott’s new world.

Who can really predict Ridley Scott, though? Robin Hood begged for a bow and arrow through the heart but Prometheus, his next project as director, has film fans worldwide a fluster, and when you learn that it’s a prequel to1979’s Alien it’s easy to see why. Scott, clearly going through some kind of existential flap in the twilight of his career, now has a chance to emulate his golden age, or indeed screw up his legacy Lucas style.

But it has to be said that things are looking good on the surface for Prometheus. It’s been scheduled for release next summer, has an on-point cast, a controversial but intriguing plot and more mystery than Miss Marple. Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba seem inspired choices already, but when you add Michael Fassbender into the mix as an android (like Ian Holm and Lance Henriksen before him) then the knicker twisting seems justified. One stumbling block could well be Charlize Theron in a Sigourney type role – anyone who witnessed Aeon Flux at the flicks knows she can’t do sci-fi, but it’s about time Theron equalled Monster after years of ducking up and down in potential.

Scott was beamed into comic-con from a bleak, blustery Iceland over the summer, where he explained the film shares DNA with the original Alien but won’t in fact be a prequel. However, the short clip he revealed showed flashes of Giger-esque set design and shared similar imagery to Scott’s masterpiece. In fact, apart from Scott’s fascination with 3D, everything seems in place for a revival of sorts. After 30 years he’s back to the genre that instilled his fierce reputation, let’s hope he can create replicants that live just as long a second time around.

By Ian Roebuck

Originally published in issue 31 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. September 2011.