Scott Z. Burns Talks DAWN OF THE APES, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA & BLADE RUNNER
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) discusses his work on such films as 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, while also commenting on his rumored involvement with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel.
Speaking with Collider while promoting Side Effects, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns talks about a couple of projects that he has worked on in the past: 20th Century Fox's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. He previously wrote drafts for both films, but new writers were hired for both since then as well. Burns says that he doesn't know what the current status of 20,000 Leagues is (last we heard, Disney was considering whether or not to greenlight it), and reveals that a new writer for Apes was hired after director Matt Reeves signed on to replace Rupert Wyatt. Finally, Burns talks about Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel (which he was rumored to be writing a while back), confirming that he has met with the iconic director. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes hits theaters May 23rd, 2014.
On The Status Of David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea:
"I don’t know [the status of 20,000 Leagues], I saw Sean Bailey at Sundance and I know that I had a great time working with David. Again, it’s a script that I really loved, I loved that book and I think that David and I had a really great take. I know I ran out of steps at some point and David asked Andrew Kevin walker to do a pass, I’ve not read his draft, but shit the guy wrote Se7en he’s an amazing writer. Sean said that they’re really happy with that script. I think David is figuring out at what budget he can do the movie. Just as a movie fan, even if I wasn’t involved, I would love to go see David Fincher do that movie, it would be amazing."
On His Work on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes:
"I have no idea [if they’re using my script], Rupert Wyatt and I worked on a draft last summer that I think we were both really excited about and he went into Fox and they seemed to like it, they wanted a lot of changes and they sort of parted ways over those changes. Then management shifted at Fox, they brought in a new director, I think the new director wanted a new writer and I don’t know how much of what we did and I wrote is ongoing. It’s kind of heartbreaking because I really loved what we were trying to say with that movie so I hope some of it survives or that they came up with something a lot better."
On His Rumored Involvement With The Blade Runner Sequel:
"I talked to Ridley about it at one point as a part of a larger conversation about us trying to find something to do together because I have such admiration for him. I’m as huge a fan of that movie as anybody else who would be reading this or watching it, so what I said to him was, 'Let’s not do that unless we have something amazing to do or to say, because I don’t want to touch that idea unless I really feel like I have something amazing to contribute and right now I don’t know what that is.'
"I think he and I will probably talk again about [Blade Runner], but again it’s less about that specifically and more about he and I wanting to make a science fiction movie together. So I hope that that happens, to me I’m not particularly attached to it being Blade Runner. I suspect by the time we would come up with something it would be its own thing and not attached to that franchise necessarily, because it is a franchise, it’s a great piece of work."
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