While most of us would probably wish that director Ridley Scott was diving deep into pre-production on the Blade Runner follow up that was announced a few months back, that project hasn’t even begun to be written. And while the screenplay for that gets worked on by which ever writer Scott eventually hires, the director will be working on The Counselor, a legal thriller from novelist Cormac McCarthy.
McCarthy wrote the script on spec, and it generated some excitement when it was put up for sale, with Scott becoming quickly attached to it. Normally, Scott is prone to a long period of re-writing on his projects, but Deadline is reporting that the film “might well be traveling on the fastest track toward production of any film in recent memory” with a possible May 1st production start. Deadline is also reporting that a “group of top actors” have all read the script and are clamoring to be part of the production. The only name mentioned in the article is Michael Fassbender.
And while I am anxious to see what Scott has in mind for his Blade Runner follow up, any new film from the director is something to look forward to. And teamed with a powerful storyteller like McCarthy on screenplay only amplifies that anticipation.