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Scott Elaborates on ‘Alien: Paradise Lost,’ Recalls Ford’s Reaction to ‘Blade Runner 2’ Script

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Scott Elaborates on ‘Alien: Paradise Lost,’ Recalls Ford’s Reaction to ‘Blade Runner 2’ Script

Following his announcement that the “Prometheus” sequel will be titled “Alien: Paradise Lost,” director and producer Ridley Scott elaborated on how Milton’s “Paradise Lost” will influence the film during an interview with Yahoo! Movies.

“Have you ever read ‘Paradise Lost,’ by Milton? In a funny kind of way, it’s an interesting basis for the darkness of [‘Prometheus 2’],” Scott shared. “Where the good-looking guy, who is evil as s–t, gets all the girls and goes to the nightclubs. The other guy, who is not quite as good-looking, is boring as hell and stays home. So in a funny kind of way, we used that as the basis for it, it’ll be ‘Alien: Paradise Lost.’ Which is very spooky, because it continues after the last one, where Elizabeth Shaw [Noomi Rapace] says, ‘I wanna go where they came from.’ And you’ve got Michael Fassbender in two parts, so she’ll slowly put him back together. They will go to the world of the Engineer.”

Scott recently revealed he envisions three sequels to “Prometheus,” with the last tying into his 1979 classic “Alien.” He also mentioned “Alien: Paradise Lost’s” “connections with Ripley” in an earlier interview.

Additionally, Scott offered an update on his “Blade Runner” franchise and his plans to develop several new installments. “Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say, ‘Work to live,’ and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore… Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.”

He also confirmed Ryan Gosling would appear in future “Blade Runner” films and recalled how “Blade Runner 2’s” script enticed Harrison Ford back. “Yeah, and I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, ‘Meh,’ and I said, ‘No, read this.’ And I think he said, ‘This is the best script I’ve ever had.’ We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”

“Of course he’s a bloody Replicant!” he said of Ford’s character. “He’s going to have to admit it.”

“It was 2017, so coming back it’ll be 2047, roughly,” he added. “As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.”

Executive produced by Scott, the long-discussed “Blade Runner” sequel is set decades after the 1982 original, which centered on a burned-out Blade Runner who agrees to one last assignment hunting down genetically engineered replicants. It’s written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.

Harrison Ford is confirmed to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in “Blade Runner 2,” with Ryan Gosling reportedly joining him. Principal photography is set to begin this summer.

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