When filmmaker Tony Scott took his own life Sunday, he left behind a long resume of Hollywood hits. But film fans will get a chance to watch his legacy continue on the big screen with a pair of new movies next year.
Scott was a producer on “Out of the Furnace,” a dark thriller starring Christian Bale that recently wrapped production. Though a person involved with the movie who asked not to be identified said Scott was not involved in the day-to-day production of the film, he was overseeing it as a partner in Scott Free Productions, the company he ran with his brother Ridley Scott, which had a producer on set.
The movie, which is set to be released by Relativity Media next year, has been a hot project in Hollywood ever since it was sold as “The Low Dweller” four years ago. It centers on a fugitive with a dark past on the run in an Indiana town, and has attracted comparisons to “No Country for Old Men.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way is also producing it.
(Scott’s next movie as a director, incidentally, was set to be “Top Gun 2,” a long-awaited sequel to the 1986 classic that would have reteamed him with star Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions had hoped to begin shooting the movie in early 2013 and release it in 2014. More on that in a separate post.)
Scott also was involved in “Stoker,” a story about a mysterious man who shows up after the death of a young girl’s father; it stars Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Marking the English-language debut of South Korean auteur Chan-wook Park, the film bears Scott’s name as executive producer after the script was produced and developed by Scott and other principals at Scott Free Productions.
The movie is set for a March 1 release from Fox Searchlight. Thanks to its high-profile pedigree, “Stoker” will doubtless attract plenty of media attention, and could provide one more posthumous tribute to a Hollywood action auteur.