At 73, Ridley Scott is still one of the most active filmmakers in showbiz. The Oscar-nominated auteur is currently shooting Prometheus, his highly anticipated return to science fiction, and is a producer on Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, but has dozens of developing projects to choose from once he’s cleared his calendar a bit. Among them are the oft-laughed-about Monopoly adaptation, sure-to-be-sci-fi-staple Brave New World, a chronicle of the Gucci family and brand and the John Logan-scripted vampire film The Passage, but today’s he’s added on yet another: a Cold War drama called Reykjavik.
Written by Kevin Hood, the film is about the meeting between US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980s which helped bring about the end of the Cold War. There aren’t any other details on the project at this time, other than the fact that Participant Media (Fair Game, The Informant!) will develop and likely produce with Headline Pictures.
Though it’s not exactly light material, I’d like to see Scott return to more grounded fare, as his last directorial effort – the period adventure Robin Hood – was a massive misfire. I’m not saying that’s what Prometheus will turn out to be, but one can’t deny that the filmmaker’s best work in recent years has been the exact opposite of these movies: character-driven narratives that explore humanity, morals and psychology in entertaining ways. Matchstick Men, A Good Year, American Gangster…these are the kinds of films I’d like to see him take on in the future, with the occasional Prometheus thrown in the mix for good measure.