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posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 12, 2015

Derelict is a feature-length black & white film that splices about an hour of Alien and 90 minutes of Prometheus together into a single narrative.

‘Derelict’ is an editing project for academic purposes. ‘Prometheus’ wasn’t exactly an Alien prequel, but this treats it as such by intercutting the events of Alien with Prometheus in a dual narrative structure. The goal was to assemble the material to emphasize the strengths of Prometheus as well as its ties to Alien.

(via ★interesting)

We Work Remotely

The Martian trailer

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 08, 2015

I have not read the book it’s based on, but the movie version of The Martian, starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, looks quite promising:

I am going to have to science the shit out of this.

Apollo 13 with a touch of Interstellar…I can do that.

Update: A second trailer has been released:

And I have since read the book, which was good. But it will make a better movie.

The typography of Alien

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 03, 2014

The excellent Typeset in the Future covers the typography in Ridley Scott’s Alien.

Alien Typography

Previously 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moon. (via df)

2001: A Space Odyssey sequel miniseries planned

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 04, 2014

Syfy is doing a 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s final book in his four-book Space Odyssey series, 3001: The Final Odyssey. Here’s the book’s synopsis:

One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind — and just as the Monolith may be stirring once again

Ridley Scott is executive producing and Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) will do the heavy adaptational lifting.

Ridley Scott is doing a Blade Runner sequel

posted by Jason Kottke   May 18, 2012

In this interview with The Daily Beast, Ridley Scott reveals that he’s currently working on a sequel to Blade Runner.

Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.

Blade Runner II?

posted by Aaron Cohen   Aug 20, 2011

You may have heard by now that Ridley Scott has signed on to “direct and produce a new installment of Blade Runner.” Nobody seems to know if it’s a prequel or sequel, but I imagine either way, Harrison Ford will be around for a paycheck if there’s a role for him. It’s often said that Hollywood is out of ideas, but this is a perfect project for Ridley Scott whose next film, Prometheus, is a “cousin” of the Alien franchise.

If it seems I’m not giving this story the proper respect, it’s because I only saw Blade Runner once while [Redacted because it’s too long of a story for the throwaway sentence at the end of a post. You’ll have to trust it was less than ideal cinematic viewing conditions.].

(Thanks, Jason)

Robin Hood trailer

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 15, 2009

Robin Hood with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, directed by Ridley Scott? I’ll take five.