Since it’s like Ridley Scott week around here, what better time to bring you more insight from the man who gave us Alien and now Prometheus? Scott headlines today’s installment of What They Said with the director describing a scene from his announced sequel to Blade Runner. After that, we’ve got producer Rick McCallum explaining how the “adult” TV version of Star Wars (no, it’s not porn – get your minds out of the gutter…) would be a lot like HBO’s Deadwood. Read on for all the sci-fi friendly goodness.
Scott’s out and about doing publicity for Prometheus, but the folks at Collider caught up with him he was all too eager to talk about his upcoming Blade Runner sequel. As part of an ongoing new trend (wherein the filmmaker seems willing to talk about everything he’s working on even if he shouldn’t – like yesterday’s reveal that he’s working on a Biblical film about the life of Moses), Scott wasn’t shy about explaining how he envisions a scene in the new film will look. We’ll let him describe it in his own words.
“There’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight, and it’s flat like the plains of—where’s the Great Plains in America? Kansas, where you can see for miles. And it’s dirt, but it’s being raked. On the horizon is a combine harvester which is futuristic with klieg lights, ‘cause it’s dawn. The harvester is as big as six houses. In the foreground is a small white clapboard hut with a porch as if it was from Grapes of Wrath. From the right comes a car, coming in about six feet off the ground being chased by a dog. And that’s the end of it, I’m not gonna tell you anything else."
Great plains and dirt? Sounds pretty different from futuristic cityscape everyone remembers from the first film. Check out the video below. [via ComicBookMovie.com]
Additionally, here's an animation of storyboards for the original opening scene of Blade Runner, which fits this exact description, though expect it to be revised and expanded upon for the sequel. [via Bleeding Cool]
Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far, away, Star Wars: Underworld continues to lumber through pre-pre-production.
The “adult themed” series popped back into the news with last week’s announcement of Star Wars: 1313 – a new video game coming from LucasArts. That title tasks players with cleaning up the underworld on Coruscant, and appears to be tied into the series. Den of Geek caught up with producer Rick McCallum recently and got the inside scoop on where Underworld currently stands.
McCallum tells the site they’ve been working on Underworld for three-and-a-half years and that there are currently 50 fully scripted episodes (all in the second draft phase). He states that doesn’t mean they’d be ready to shoot tomorrow if given a greenlight. “…It would probably take a year of prep before shooting would start, but that's because they're all very complex.”
While everyone involved is excited about the prospects of the series, McCallum does seem a bit concerned about the tone and content. This isn’t your father’s Star Wars, after all.
“Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space,” he said. “It's so unlike anything you've ever associated with George [Lucas] before in relation to Star Wars. These aren't for kids. I mean, we hope they'll watch, but it's not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”
We were already excited about Star Wars: Underworld, but comparing it to Deadwood? That could be pretty amazing. Would you be onboard for a more grown-up set of stories in the Star Wars universe? Ones that focus on characters outside of the original trilogy? Share your opinions with us below. [via IndieWire]