At age 79, Ridley Scott is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, much like Clint Eastwood, he only seems to be picking up the pace. Although he is currently putting the finishing touches on Alien: Covenant and producing Blade Runner 2049 (among other things), he has also been busy lining up plenty of follow up projects as well. Over the past year we’ve heard about a potential western, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s The Cartel, and a movie based on The Prisoner TV series, but now it looks like his next movie will be All the Money in the World, a ’70s-set drama based on the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. However, he also apparently has quite a few more Alien movies in mind as well. Here’s what he recently had to say about that during Q&A at SXSW:
“There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien. It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant… If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
So it sounds like the next Alien movie will actually take place between Prometheus and Covenant, and then there will be another trilogy. This mostly aligns with statements he made earlier in the month where he told the Sydney Morning Herald that he can “keep cranking it for another six.” He also said that the follow up to Alien: Covenant will be ready to go again next year to avoid a two-year gap. He is clearly not messing around.
As for All the Money in the World, the movie is about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of oil tycoon John Paul Getty Sr. who was arguably the richest man in the world at the time. He refused to give in to demands and the movie focuses on his mother’s attempts to convince Getty Sr. to pay. The script was written by David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still) and Deadline is reporting that they are pursuing Natalie Portman for the female lead. Strangely, FX just announced a TV series about the same subject with Danny Boyle on board to product and direct. Are you looking forward to any of these upcoming Ridley Scott projects?