I'm starting to think that Ridley Scott made a deal with an entity to give him eternal life. His side of the deal: if he ever stops making movies time will catch up with him and he will instantly wither and die. How else to explain a 76 year old man who has feature films lined up to direct through his 80s? Fuck, I'm 40 and I don't think I have the energy to direct a major motion picture, let alone one a year for the foreseeable future.
Scott is releasing the bad-looking Exodus: Gods and Kings this year, and then next year it's scifi survival tale The Martian and then after that he has a couple of scripts waiting for his attention, including a finished Blade Runner 2 screenplay. From EW:
“It’s written and it’s damn good,” Scott says of the Blade Runner sequel. “Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident,” he says with a laugh (referring, no doubt, to Ford’s Star Wars injury). “So yes, that will happen.”
He thinks that it'll happen after The Martian, which shoots in November. He definitely should get on the Harrison Ford train before it's unable to leave the station, in my opinion. As for Prometheus 2? Maybe after Blade Runner 2.
“That’s the problem,” Scott says. “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”
The question is whether Scott is going to eventually give some of these projects up to other directors. I don't know how many people are actually excited about Prometheus 2, but maybe if he handed it off to an up-and-coming talent, the next James Cameron, we could all get behind it. Or maybe he'll keep hoarding all the projects. So he can live forever.