Ridley Scott plans to make a western next

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After he finishes up on Gladiator 2, a ‘bucket list’ project – a western – is next on the list for non-stop Ridley Scott. More here.

You have to hand it to Ridley Scott, a seemingly tireless filmmaker who shows no signs of slowing down, even as he hits his mid-80s. We’re constantly knackered, and we’re half his age.

Ridley Scott next has Napoleon hitting cinemas this month and has also been tooling a four hour cut of that particular film. He’s also midway through the production of Gladiator 2 which is all set to start back up now the strikes have ended (he’s been talking about how he has around 90 minutes of it shot so far, including a baboon attack sequence, and is about half way through).

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Scott used the strikes for downtime though: from recent comments it sounds like he’s used the time away from production to edit the first half of the film… not to mention storyboarding his next project, a western that is set to shoot early next year.

As part of a much longer interview with Deadline that is well worth a read, it’s revealed that ‘it’s period, with a script like perfectly distilled liquor, and two stars ready to join him in what he said is a bucket list project for him.’

Sounds pretty exciting, right?

Speculation is rife that the project will be an adaptation of the S. Craig Zahler novel, Wraiths Of A Broken Land which Scott optioned a few years ago.

Drew Goddard, who penned the script for The Martian has reportedly written the screenplay, with the story focusing around ‘A father who attempts to rescue his daughters from a brothel with the help of his two sons and their outlaw gang.’

As mentioned above, do check out the piece as it has some great stories in there, including exchanges with Stanley Kubrick and James Cameron. You can catch Napoleon in cinemas a week from today on the 22nd of November.

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