Ridley Scott develops a lot of films. Or, more specifically, he is far more hands-on in developing films than many other directors. As a former art director and a capable designer, he is intimately involved in all stages of development: breaking the story, fashioning the script, and creating the world as it is both depicted and implied by the film in question. Or, as he recently said, “I develop everything. I do. I learned that a long time ago. It’s never going to land on your desk, you have to come up with what you want to do.” Doing all that takes a while, and so he’s got many things on his plate.

For some time Scott was attached to a film version of the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian, and he’s now prepping to make The Counselor, another McCarthy-penned story. But The Counselor evidently hasn’t scratched his itch to make a full-on western.

In the same interview referenced above, Scott said that after years of working he’s finally got a western story ready to go. He also talked about developments on Monopoly, Brave New World, announced back in 2009, and why his film Tripoli never happened. Read More »

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Ridley Scott Developing Brave New World

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In June 2008 we told you that Ridley Scott‘s next film would likely be first major Hollywood adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 classic Brave New World, possibly with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.

Over a year later, the project has just now been officially announced and set up at Universal. Scott will produce, and hopes to direct. Dicaprio will produce, and might star. DiCaprio and Scott’s involvement beyond producing depends on the script and the timing of the development, which has has only just begun. According to RiskyBiz, Apocalypto scribe Farhad Safinia has been hired to pen the adaptation, and will begin shortly.

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