76-year-old Sir Ridley Scott was spotted in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday morning. Word has it he is scouting locations for the upcoming “Prometheus 2” sequel. Scott was spotted on that same day taking a VIP tour of the Fox Studios’ lot in Sydney. An inside source told the Mail Online:
“It’s the best kept secret at the moment, that Ridley is here to film the Prometheus sequel. Staff have been pulled off productions on the Gold Coast and Melbourne to take meetings about it. The news couldn’t come at a better time, with Gods Of Egypt and San Andreas wrapping soon people were looking for the next project.”
Pre-production details have remained extremely secretive. The source, as well as a few other top professionals, only became aware of the project when Scott landed at the airport in Sydney. Rumor has it that Scott is looking at a multi-picture agreement with Screen Australia to also film the untitled Blade Runner 2 sequel in Australia sometime in early 2015.
In 1982, Scott described scenes for the “Bladerunner” sequel as needing ‘vast farmland where there’s no hedges or anything else in sight… where you can see for miles, but it’s dirt.’ Australia has an abundance of these type of locations, which would suit the director’s intentions. Similar locations were used for scenes in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Wolf Creek 2.”
With a budget of $130 million, the original “Prometheus” was filmed at Shepperton and Pinewood Studios in London. Starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba, the film grossed over $403 million internationally.
On a press junket for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Fassbender (young Magneto) confirmed that he will return, along with Rapace, to reprise his role as the android David.
The adventure/sci-fi/thriller “Prometheus 2” is scheduled to start filming this year with a March 4, 2016 release date. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Danny Webb (rumored.) Michael Green (“Green Lantern”) has been rewriting the screenplay which was originally written by Jack Paglen (“Transcendence.”) Walter Hill and Ridley Scott will produce, while Ridley Scott directs.