10 more unrealized Ridley Scott projects we want to see


Ridley Scott is one of the most successful directors of all time. He works constantly, and while some seasoned filmmakers take years between films, Scott often releases two in a year. In 2021, too, the director was at the top of both House Gucci and The last duel.

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Because he’s so busy and has his fingers in so many cakes, not all of Scott’s projects make it into production. There are tons of notoriously unrealized Ridley Scott projects out there, whether that’s the case gladiator 2 or the Bladerunner 2049 Follow up but there are so many more. There are some fascinating projects going back decades, and many of them are still in development hell.



A still from Under The Boardwalk - The Monopoly Story

There are countless movies based on board games that don’t exactly have a narrative and don’t deserve to be made into a movie. notice and Battleship are just a few examples, but one of the most popular board games of all time has been in development hell for years.

monopoly has been in development hell since 2008 and acc diversity, Scott was set to direct the adaptation. Scott is an odd choice for a monopoly Movie, since the filmmaker doesn’t make family-friendly movies and there’s not much comic relief in any of them. In the hands of Scott, however, the film could have been exciting rat race-like adventure film.

Attention MGMT

A woman walking the street in the Mind MGMT comic

Scott has never directed a comic book film before, which is surprising given that many of his trademark directorial skills lend themselves well to the genre. The closest he came to working on a comic book film adaptation was in 2013 The Hollywood Reporter, he was to direct and create the story of the film adaptation of Attention MGMT.

The comic is about a true crime writer who discovers the existence of super spies with psychic abilities working for a secret government agency. It sounds like the source material is perfect for Scott, and he could have been one of the best comic book film directors of all time.

The cartel

When it comes to movie genres, Ridley Scott is a jack of all trades, having directed some of the best horror movies of all time, the best sci-fi movies of all time, and the best historical dramas of all time. And though it took decades into his career to pull it off, Scott directed it american gangster, one of the best gangster movies of the 21st century.

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According to diversity, That’s what the filmmaker wanted to pursue The cartel, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s crime novel of the same name. It could even have been the start of a great gangster movie series when The cartel is the first novel in a trilogy. Although it had the potential to become another crime epic in the director’s filmography, it is being developed into a TV series for FX.

Potsdamer Platz

Clarence wears sunglasses in True Romance

The cartel isn’t the only exciting-sounding gangster movie Ridley Scott has worked on just to keep in development hell. According to Deadline, the filmmaker was working on it Potsdamer Platz in 2010, which is about a New Jersey crime family. However, what is interesting Potsdamer Platz is that it would actually be Tony Scott in the director’s chair, Ridley Scott’s brother.

There are tons of great Tony Scott movies out there, be it the one written by Quentin Tarantino true romance or top gun, and crime dramas were his bread and butter. But development on the film ground to a halt after Scott died. Unfortunately the film never materialized, especially considering it would have an incredible cast as Javier Bardem, Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke were all in talks to star.

3001: The Final Odyssey

Man in an orange space suit from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey.

3001: The Final Odyssey was not planned as a film, but as a TV mini-series to be broadcast on SyFy. The announcement that The Last Odyssey was in development going back to 2014, and noisy TVLine, Scott was heavily involved in the production of the show.

At this point in development, no director has been hired. But it would have been wonderful if Scott directed the sequel 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the greatest sci-fi flicks of all time, especially considering his own status as a beloved sci-fi director. And with more A-list actors and acclaimed directors making the switch to television, it’s not entirely out of the question that Scott could direct a miniseries. But no further announcements were simply made about the show, leading many to believe the idea is being shelved.


According to diversity, Scott was to direct Tripoli in 2002, the very first specification script by William Monahan. The writer is best known for writing The departed, one of Scorsese’s best gangster movies. But Tripoli is completely different as it follows William Eaton’s march in the First Barbarian War.

However, Scott simply became more interested in other projects when he left development Tripoli to judge Heavenly Kingdom, which Monahan also wrote. Of all Scott’s unrealized projects, it would be great to see Tripoli be revived because audiences have yet to see a historical drama written by Monahan.

The Vatican

The Vatican Another television series was in development, this time by Showtime, and the veteran director was hired to direct the first episode. But unlike all of Scott’s other unrealized projects, the filmmaker actually carried out his role in the project and even filmed the pilot.

However, acc colliders, it will almost certainly never see the light of day since Showtime opted not to greenlight the series. It wasn’t because of the episode’s quality, but because, according to Showtime president David Nevins, it “would feel very dated” since Pope Benedict is no longer in charge of the Vatican.

shadow diver

Jürgen Prochnow as Captain Henrich Lehmann Willenbrock in Das Boot

In 2005, Scott was hired to direct shadow diver, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. shadow diver had the potential to be a suspenseful adventure film as the novel centers on the mysterious discovery of a WWII German submarine in New Jersey.

After Scott left the project, it is said meeting, Robert Schwentke to direct, which is an interesting choice given the fact that they are completely different filmmakers. Where Scott is a much more serious filmmaker, telling real-life stories as realistically as possible, Schwentke directs popcorn flicks like Red, RIPD, and the recently released ones Snake-eyes.


Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

Reykjavik is another project that sounds perfect for Scott, and the cold war thriller would fit right in with his other crime dramas of the period, such as: body of lies and All the money in the world. Unfortunately acc The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker retired from directing the film for unknown reasons.

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Film studio Headline Films has been desperate to get the film into production as Mike Newell was hired to direct after Scott and Baltasar Kormakur after Newell. Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz were also used to play Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, respectively.

it is what i do

Scarlett Johansson plays Lucy in Lucy

it is what i do is the latest project Scott has been involved with, only to have it shelved indefinitely. The film is a biopic about Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist whose work has made breakthroughs in the field of human rights. And when Scott signed on for the film as recently as 2018, there were a few other big names involved.

According to The guardPrior to Scott, Steven Spielberg was assigned to direct the film and Jennifer Lawrence was set to play Addario. When Scott came on board, he replaced Addario with Scarlett Johansson, but she then left when she found out it was being funded by the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince. Since then, the film’s current status has been unknown.

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