Ridley Scott's son to helm sci-fi thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara

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Mar 11, 2015, 10:16 AM EDT

There must be some sort of directorial ability expressed in the Y-chromosome genes of the Scott family. Ridley Scott gave us Alien, Blade Runner and (egads) Prometheus, while Ridley's brother, the late Tony Scott, directed Top Gun and Enemy of the State. Now Ridley's son Luke Scott is about to fulfill his genetic destiny by directing the upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan.

In 2014, Morgan had the dubious honor of appearing on the "Black List," a list of excellent yet unproduced screenplays. But the mere fact that it appeared on the Black List brought it the attention it needed to catapult it into preproduction. Former Back Listed films include Zombieland, Snow White and the Huntsman, World War Z and the upcoming Pan

So, what's it all about? According to ComingSoon, "A corporate risk management consultant is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being."

If past performance guarantees future results, you'll know that the answer is "terminate." After all, this comes from the son of the director of Alien. And we all know what happened to the crew of the Nostromo after they discovered an at-risk alien being. ("Crew expendable.")

Morgan is set to star Kate Mara (Transcendence, the upcoming Fantastic Four). ComingSoon writes, "Scott Free’s Elishia Holmes and Michael Schaefer will also produce Morgan. George Heller will serve as executive producer with Steve Asbell overseeing for 20th Century Fox." The film currently has no release date.

Ridley's older son Jake directs music videos. But perhaps it's not just the Y chromosome that make the Scotts more likely to direct: Ridley's daughter Jordan is also a director. 

Via ComingSoon.