Just because Tony Scott decided to put the brakes on his A L I E N prequel, doesn't mean that he won't have plenty of projects to keep him busy in the meantime. For starters; there's his Warriors update, a sequel to his 1983 vampire flick, The Hunger, and the action flick Unstoppable with Chris Pine starting this fall. But that's not all, because now the director has been talking about an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's non-fiction classic, Hell's Angels. In an interview with Coming Soon, Scott confirmed that Traffic's Stephen Gaghan has already been hired to write the script, and while Scott claims to own the rights to Thompson's book, there is still confusion over what Gaghan will be using for the script. According to the "motorcycle club's" legal counsel, Scott's film will be based on the book, Hell's Angels: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club -- but my guess is that the script will be a blending of the two books.

The Wild One may have brought bikers into the popular consciousness, but by the time the 60's hit, clubs like The Hell's Angels were a status symbol for the counter-culture. Thompson's book was one of the first accurate looks inside the 'gang', but was a far cry from his usual 'gonzo' work. Which isn't necessarily the best fit for the kind of flashy action movie you expect from Scott, but luckily Gaghan has a knack for making sense of complicated subject matter. There is no word yet on whether Scott will just produce, or whether he will direct the film as well. But, the Scott brothers seem to have a thing for packing their schedules, and unfortunately, they tend to bite off a little more than they can chew.

After the jump; updates on Tony Scott's other projects... span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">

The Hunger
According to Scott, the film is, "...not a reinvention or reinterpretation", and you can read more about what he has planned over with our friends at Horror Squad.

Verdict: Vampires are all the rage, and this one will probably get made sooner rather than later.

A L I E N Prequel
No sooner did Scott announce that Carl Rinsch would take the helm for the prequel than he put the kibosh on the whole exercise. Scott is now keeping uncharacteristically quiet about the film, but in case you were hoping that the project wasn't going to happen, I've got some bad news. Scott told Coming Soon that despite the current troubles with the production, "we're [Ridley and Tony Scott] going to make it."

Verdict: We are getting an A L I E N prequel whether we like it or not.

This action flick will most likely be the next Scott production to cross the finish line, despite a storyline that is awfully similar to Pelham 1 2 3 -- it's another runaway train movie, but this time the train is packed with toxic chemicals. The addition of Chris Pine might fast track the production in hopes of capitalizing on his current 'celebrity quotient'.

Verdict: Scott seems to have no problem with repeating himself, so I think the smart money is on this flick.

The Warriors
Scott's been teasing us with this update for two years now, and unfortunately there isn't much to report. One thing we know for sure is that he's determined to make it as soon as they can agree on a script.

Verdict: I wouldn't hold your breath.

Potsdamer Platz
This story of the New Jersey mafia's attempt to take over the German construction business is still in the development stages, but Scott hinted that Mickey Rourke is in line for a part.

Verdict: Status unknown

Emma's War
Another long-gestating project for Scott is Deborah Scroggins' story of a British aid worker who becomes involved in the Sudanese civil war. Nicole Kidman had been attached to star, but there was no mention of Kidman in Scott's interview, so until they find a new leading lady, this one might have to wait just a little while longer.

Verdict: Until they sort out their casting troubles, I doubt the film will make it's 2011 deadline.
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