Watch out Britain … Ridley Scott has You in His Sights!!
The man can do sci-fi, horror, historical epics, dramas, and thrillers, and now Ridley Scott is gonna tackle the disaster flick!! Slashfilm.com is reporting that Scott and writing partner Steve Zaillian have recently signed on to re-imagine THE DAY BRITAIN STOPPED, a BBC pseudo-documentary that aired in 2003. Read on:
Scott and Zaillian picked up the movie rights to the telefilm and have it set up at 20th Century Fox. Directed and co-written by Gabriel Range (Death of a President), the originalThe Day Britain Stopped utilized a documentary-style format to follow a (totally fictional) disaster: A train accident sparks a trade strike, which results in unusually congested roads over the holiday. As one catastrophe leads to another, the country’s entire transportation system eventually collapses.
According to a source, Scott’s version will be “inspired by” the 2003 drama, but won’t be a straight remake. For one thing, it sounds like his take will be larger in scope, with global rather than national consequences. The producing pair are currently seeking a writer. No director has been announced at this time.
The article goes on to report that Scott has also expressed interest in directing the remake of TIMECRIMES. This greatly overrated film could use a director like Scott to try and make something interesting out of it. But to be honest, Scott, I’d much rather see that BLADE RUNNER or PROMETHEUS sequel. If you’re interested, below is the original THE DAY BRITAIN STOPPED, in it’s entirety: