“Three people are dying and I think it’s maybe two too many,” he says with a laugh. “You know, you’ve gotta keep the balls going in this kind of film because to follow Alien and then Prometheus 1, now Prom 2 has got to deliver a lot of stuff.”
The follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus, itself a prequel to the deep-space horror franchise that began with Scott’s Alien in 1979, is just one of several movies that mark the writer-director’s return to sci-fi after three decades, along with Blade Runner 2 (in its early stages) and this month’s The Martian, which stars Matt Damon as American astronaut Mark Watney, who becomes stranded on Mars.
“I think because I did two, one after the other [Blade Runner came out in 1982], I thought at the time, »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
It's not every week the Empire Podcast booth welcomes a knight of the realm. Sir Ridley Scott isn't one to stand on ceremony though, so all that silver-polishing and red-carpet-rolling was probably unnecessary. At 77, he's stil a man of action, happier getting out on location than cooped up in a soundstage and not content to rest on his substantial laurels.To the likes of The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and Gladiator, he's now adding one of his finest films of recent years, The Martian. On a very special podcast Special, he chatted about a wide range of topics, from his love of The Martian's humour to his finest big-screen moments to those projects that got away. Nb Dino is Dino De Laurentiis, not Dino from The Flintstones.The Martian is out on October 2. Head here for Empire's review. »
As a filmmaker, Sir Ridley Scott is responsible for introducing the world to perhaps the most terrifying movie extraterrestrial of all time, the H.R. Giger-designed Xenomorph from his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. Though one of his greatest films deals with the subject, does the 77-year-old director actually believe in alien life? As it turns out, the answer to that question is yes. In the process of hyping up his latest movie, The Martian, a space adventure that features no extraterrestrial life unless you count Matt Damon stranded on Mars, Scott answered some questions for Yahoo, one of which was, do you believe in alien life? He said: [I]f you take the sun as the center of this particular galaxy, around that radius of where Earth is to the sun, there are millions of planets at roughly the same position. Therefore, logically, if [other planets] are feeding off [their] sun »
“Big things have small beginnings.” That’s a line from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,”* but it also aptly describes his latest movie, “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. “The Martian” was a New York Times #1 Best Seller before it became a big budget Hollywood film helmed by one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time. But even before it was a popular novel, “The Martian” had this surprisingly humble beginning: Its writer, a software engineer named Andy Weir, published the book in serial format, chapter by chapter on his blog in 2011. What if someone had told Weir in 2011 of “The Martian”’s big screen destiny? “I would not have believed it,” Weir assured HitFix. “It’s just ridiculous.” *and yes, before Michael Fassbender spoke those words in the “Alien” prequel, that line belonged to Mr. Dryden in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Weir’s book is »
- Emily Rome
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
Ridley Scott's post-Gladiator output has been a decidedly mixed bag. The prolific director knows how to get audiences into cinemas, but many of his recent films have left fans grumbling - Prometheus, we're looking at you.
Fortunately it looks like Scott is back on form with The Martian, his Matt Damon-gets-stranded-on-the-Red-Planet sci-fi based on Andy Weir's best-selling book. Here's an overview of the critical consensus for this week's big blockbuster release.
Digital Spy - Ali Plumb
"The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story."
Empire - Ian Freer
"It isn't perfect. The supporting cast feel under-served, the idea that Watney's plight draws crowds of people in Trafalgar Square waiting for the outcome feels forced, »
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- Monica Tan
Over the last few weeks, Ridley Scott has been making the promotional rounds for his highly-anticipated sci-fi drama The Martian, which is already getting Oscar buzz ahead of its release this weekend. The filmmaker has also been discussing his Prometheus follow-up, which was recently given the new title of Alien: Paradise Lost. Many fans were disappointed that Prometheus didn't have much connection to the director's original classic Alien, but that will certainly change. While speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Ridley Scott confirmed that John Milton's classic story Paradise Lost helped inform his sequel to Prometheus.
"Have you ever read Paradise Lost, by Milton? In a funny kind of way, it's an interesting basis for the darkness of [Prometheus 2]. Where the good-looking guy, who is evil as s-t, gets all the girls and goes to the nightclubs. The other guy, who is not quite as good-looking, is boring as hell and stays home. »
Since Ridley Scott started on the publicity tour for The Martian, we’ve learned a wealth of new information on the upcoming Prometheus sequel. Now brandishing the official title of Alien: Paradise Lost, the film is now closely connected to Scott’s original Alien series, and is expected to investigate the origins of those pesky xenomorphs before a further sequel will sync up to Alien with a bonus Ripley connection.
All in all, the past week has been an information dump of Alien proportions, and Scott continues to bait us with tiny tidbits of extra intel. In a new interview with Yahoo Movies, Scott discusses where the sequel is likely to take Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender’s survivors.
“Have you ever read Paradise Lost, by Milton? In a funny kind of way, it’s an interesting basis for the darkness of [Prometheus 2]. Where the good-looking guy, who is evil as s–t, »
- Gem Seddon
Sir Ridley Scott certainly hasn't shied away from revealing new details about Alien: Paradise Lost during the press tour for The Martian, and in a new interview with Yahoo Movies, he shed more light on what we should expect from the recently retitled Prometheus sequel which is set to build towards the events of the original Alien. "It continues after the last one, where Elizabeth Shaw [Noomi Rapace] says, 'I wanna go where they came from,'" the filmmaker explains. "And you’ve got Michael Fassbender in two parts, so she’ll slowly put him back together. They will go to the world of the Engineer." Asked to clarify if that means the duo will be arriving on the planet belonging to the Engingeers, he confirmed: "That’s where they’re going to go. They will find out who would design such an awful bio-mechanoid creature, like a massive piece of bacteria. »
So not only has Ridley Scott apparently delivered his best—or certainly most enjoyable— film in years according to reviews (ours included) of this past Friday's "The Martian," he's also apparently way ahead of the news cycle. The director says he knew about water on Mars well in advance of Nasa's recent announcement. That Earth shaking reveal yesterday may simply be a coincidence, or it may be a canny mutually-bolstering ploy that gives his film a boost, which in turn will expose more people to its pro-nasa message. Or there's a third possibility: Ridley Scott may actually be the Godlike being his fans have long suspected. If there's a case to be made for Scott's cinematic deification, "Alien" and "Blade Runner" and quite a few others would probably figure largely as such. However, there's plenty of evidence that he has feet of clay —his run over the last few years »
- The Playlist Staff
The best way to describe The Martian would be Castaway crossed with Apollo 13 with a sprinkling of Gravity and a hint of Interstellar. However, there’s no hint of any kind of Alien in this Ridley Scott drama/ adventure, which once again proves that the British director is always at his best when he’s up in space.
Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a astronaught and botanist who gets left behind on the Mars following a horrific storm. With the rest of his crew on their way home, presuming his death, Watney use his scientific skills to survive on the hostile planet while Nasa, and then ultimately his old crew, battle against the odds to ‘Bring Him Home.’
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- Paul Heath
Chastain, who is currently promoting her role opposite Matt Damon in Ridley Scott space drama The Martian, is known for dramatic roles in civil rights period piece The Help and super-serious science-fiction thriller Interstellar. But she retains an interest in taking on big-budget fantasy projects, provided the role on offer doesn’t require her to don tight clothing.
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- Ben Child
Details might be scarce at the moment, but consider this your one-stop shop (which will be updated as new info arrives) for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on the new Alien movie.
Ridley Scott is back in the director's chair for more (a lot more)
Despite arriving to a mixed reception from critics in 2012, Prometheus banked a hefty $400 million at the worldwide box office to all but guarantee a sequel.
Scott, who kick-started the Alien franchise way back in 1979, will be directing Paradise Lost now that he's done with The Martian. Prometheus marked Scott's first sci-fi since 1983's Blade Runner - now he can't get enough of the genre.
"I thought I'd left science fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. »
"When I first talked to Nasa, we got into all kinds of stuff," he continued. "And I said, 'So I know you've got down there [these] massive glaciers'.
"And [the Nasa representative] said, 'Yeah, that the massive white thing [on the surface of Mars] that gets covered with dust, we think that's ice'.
"And I said, 'Wow! Does that mean there was an ocean?' Are we right now what Mars was 750 million years ago?' And they went, 'Uh, good question'. So they want to go up there and find out."
Nasa announcing the discovery of water on Mars, just as a sci-fi movie is released that's very complimentary about Nasa and involves Mars, »
Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...
"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.
The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.
I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »
While the sun, Earth and moon lined up to cause a “super blood moon” eclipse Sunday evening, 20th Century Fox held its own celestial event by presenting a sneak preview of Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi film “The Martian” in RealD 3D at the New York Film Festival. Scott, along with his starry cast members Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis, received thunderous applause for their performances in this outer space survival story based on the 2011 bestselling novel by Andy Weir.
The film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut-botanist, who is presumed dead and left behind on Mars by his crew. He is forced to find ways to survive as Nasa officials race to bring him home. Damon was absent from the screening at Alice Tully Hall — due to shooting the fifth installment of the “Bourne” franchise in Europe — but taped a message for the »
- Paul Chi
'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers to solve a series of difficult problems or all is lost. That man is Ridley Scott. The Oscar-nominated British director has been mired in a late-career slump after a run of middling films that only served to dent his legacy, namely The Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott, at the Omg age of 77, can still put together a movie, but fans have been wondering if he had any greatness left in him. The Martian answers that question with a pleasantly enthusiastic yes. That enthusiasm comes tempered as we wonder if Scott would have approached The Martian in the »
- Mark Keizer
If you're hoping to find true, awe-inspiring spectacle on the big screen, you can always count on director Ridley Scott. He is perhaps best known for going to space and giving us the iconic creature in Alien, transporting us back to ancient Rome for Gladiator, and storming the war-torn streets of Mogadishu in Black Hawk Down. His latest movie is The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut mistakenly left for dead on Mars and mankind's mission to get him back. ...
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When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.
As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally, »
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