Ridley Scott, brother of director Tony Scott, has returned to work on his film The Counsellor following his sibling’s suicide, according to the Daily Mail. This is the first time Scott has returned to the set since his brother’s untimely demise. Production on the project came to an immediate halt once word of Tony’s death reached Ridley, who was working on the project at the time.
The Counsellor — which stars Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, and Javier Bardem — tells the story of an attorney who gets in deep with some colorful characters in order to sell $20 million worth of cocaine. The story was written by The Road author Cormac McCarthy.
The film was on hold for two weeks after Tony Scott jumped to his death, an act which may have something to do with the director’s recent medical diagnosis. According to various reports, Scott was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, a fact which he may have kept hidden from his family. ABC News states that Tony’s family was not aware that the Top Gun filmmaker had cancer.
Since Coroner’s officials have explained that an official cause of death will not be determined for several weeks, this information was left off Scott’s death certificate. His remains, which were cremated, will remain in possession of his wife, according to The Huffington Post. In order to keep Tony’s creative spirit alive, the family has set up a memorial scholarship at the American Film Institute to assist up-and-coming filmmakers.
After Ridley Scott finishes work on The Counsellor, word around the industry campfire is that he could return to the Blade Runner franchise for the highly-anticipated, long-awaited follow-up to his 1982 science fiction classic starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. Internet Movie Database also has the Alien director listed as producer on Prometheus 2.
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