While Hollywood mourns the death of director Tony Scott, those hit hardest are his immediate family, including his wife Donna Wilson Scott, their two sons, and. perhaps most of all, his brother and business partner, Ridley Scott.
The elder Scott was in the middle of shooting his latest film "The Counselor" for 20th Century Fox when he was given the news of his younger brother's suicide, and now Variety reports that shooting on the picture has been suspended for at least the rest of the week.
The drug trafficking thriller, featuring the first original screenplay by "No Country For Old Men" novelist Cormac McCarthy, stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Rosie Perez and "No Country" Oscar-winner Javier Bardem.
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Ridley Scott faced a startlingly similar situation three decades ago shortly after the success of "Alien" when, during pre-production on a big budget version of Frank Herbert's "Dune" for producer Dino De Laurentiis, his brother Frank died suddenly of cancer. Ridley was deeply affected by the death, and, in his depression decided he could not take on such a massive scale project. That 1980 version of sci-fi classic "Dune" was scrapped and later revived by De Laurentiis for a 1984 bomb helmed by David Lynch.
Ridley recently came off this summer's hit "Alien" prequel "Prometheus." His brother Tony was also in the process of revisiting "Top Gun" for an in-development sequel whose status has now been thrown into question.
Star Brad Pitt also worked with Tony Scott on the films "True Romance" and "Spy Game."