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Ridley Scott Planning A Western; ‘Monopoly’ Still Developing

Posted by , on May 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm 

Even if he wasn’t a gentleman at the age of 74, Ridley Scott would make most other filmmakers look like lazy slobs. It’s enough that the massive extravaganza known as Prometheus started its theatrical run today (albeit overseas), but the past three or four months have also seen the quick, promising development of The Counselor, which itself took sudden precedence over massive efforts like Monopoly and Blade Runner 2.

It’s still not enough! Whilst conducting an interview in promotion of his newest film, Scott told Collider that, ideally, one of his next turns behind a camera would be a western. Here were his brief, vague comments on the matter:

“I want to do a western really badly and I think I’ve got a western this morning, finally after two and a half years of talking and writing and talking and… I think I have it, which is kind of interesting.”

You might, initially, think the director’s referring to The Counselor — except, barring some potential miscommunication on his part, there’s no way he “got [it] this morning.” Then, it could be Blood Meridian, a project Scott had been circling for at least a few years — this lends credence to the extended time mentioned here — something he, thanks to Cormac McCarthy‘s Counselor script, could now have closer ties to, and a project James Franco recently lost the rights to. But I don’t know why he wouldn’t mention it by name, either…

Scott also revealed that Monopoly — despite getting almost no news since September — has a first draft, putting it in tandem with Blade Runner 2, Prometheus 2 (which he has some spoiler-filled ideas for), and, potentially, Brave New World. That last item started moving in August of 2009, when Leonardo DiCaprio was likely to lead and produce a film version of Aldous Huxley‘s novel; it’s fallen by the wayside in the time since.

It might be dead, if these comments are interpreted a certain way:

“I don’t know what to do with Brave New World. It’s tough. I think Brave New World in a funny kind of way was good in nineteen thirty-eight, because it had a very interesting revolutionary idea. Don’t forget it came shortly before or after George Orwell, roughly the same time. When you re-analyze it, maybe it should stay as a book. I don’t know. We tried to get it… “

Yet, that still leaves enough jobs to occupy the rest of his career. I wasn’t kidding when I said he’s productive.

Would you like to see Scott move forward with any of these films? Which ones particularly stand out?


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