Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan both have big films due out over the course of the next month or so, but that hasn’t stopped either man from looking to the future.
Speculation has been rampant regarding what Nolan will do after The Dark Knight Rises – his swan song with the Batman universe. Some pundits assumed he would once again try to get his Howard Hughes biopic back up and running (he put it on hold after the announcement of Scorsese’s The Aviator), but that seems unlikely now. Nolan sums it up best, quoted in an IndieWire piece (via Empire) saying, “Luckily I managed to find another wealthy, quirky character who's orphaned at a young age.”
So, with that film seemingly off the table, some are envisioning Nolan offering up his take on another iconic character: James Bond.
Nolan’s a longtime fan of the series, but cautions that he wouldn’t be interested in tackling a 007 adventure anytime soon. “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.” The assumption is that he means at a time when Daniel Craig was no longer the secret agent and Nolan could pick his own 007. That’s an intriguing idea – but it seems like something way off in a distant future. In the meantime, Nolan’s plans are still pretty unclear.
Ridley Scott, meanwhile, is at the other end of the spectrum. The 74-year-old director is lining up gigs left and right, and it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to make them all. With Prometheus set to debut on Friday, we’re already looking ahead to what’s next – and the possibilities are wide and varied.
We know for sure that he’s scheduled to direct The Counselor – a film based on a Cormac McCarthy screenplay – this fall. After that, it could be the Blade Runner sequel, a western called The Color of Lightning, or this just-revealed piece – a Biblical story based on the life of Moses. IndieWire has a choice quote about it.
"I've got something else in the works. I'm already doing it. It's called Moses. Seriously, seriously. It's going to happen," he said. "I probably shouldn't have let that slip out. I'm not supposed to say anything. It's definitely in the cards, though. What's interesting to me about Moses isn't the big stuff that everybody knows. It's things like his relationship with Ramses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn't paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary."
A Bible-based biopic from Scott sounds pretty intriguing, but honestly we’re hoping he makes the Blade Runner sequel first.
Finally, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the guys behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the recent 21 Jump Street) are reaping the benefits of their success – and Warner Bros. is eyeing the duo to helm Carter Beats the Devil.
The period piece -- which involves magic, President Warren G. Harding, and murder -- has been in development for over a decade, but WB seems intent on getting it moving again. The only downside is that their directors have a fairly full slate in the coming years. Lord and Miller are tackling the Lego movie next, and may wind up doing a sequel to Jump Street. That means Carter Beats the Devil might be looking at a 2015 release window according to The Film Stage – but given that this has been in development for 11 years already, what’s a few more going to hurt?