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Ridley Scott Confirms Live-Action Alien And Blade Runner Series In Development

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Ridley Scott Confirms Live-Action Alien And Blade Runner Series In Development

Director Ridley Scott has pulled back the curtain on the two new TV shows based on Alien and Blade Runner that are in the works, and the pilots are complete for both projects. 

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In an interview with the BBC, Scott continued to say that there are bibles written for Alien and Blade Runner. Despite the term, these aren’t religious texts on the two sci-fi settings, but documents that cover the genre, characters, what will happen in the show, artwork and so on to sell the concept to producers. “We [have already] written the pilot for Blade Runner and the bible. So, we’re already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, the first 10 hours,” said Scott, and the Alien show is at a “similar” stage. 

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The Alien show was actually announced in late 2020 with writer Noah Hawley acting as showrunner and Scott attached as a producer. Hawley is the creator of Fargo and was over the moon to be involved in the latest evolution of the horror franchise. “Those are great monster movies, but they’re not just monster movies,” he said in an interview with Vanity Fair.

“They’re about humanity trapped between our primordial, parasitic past and our artificial intelligence future - and they’re both trying to kill us. Here you have human beings and they can’t go forward and they can’t go back. So I find that really interesting.” 

What will be interesting is how the show fares on FX on Hulu, as Scott has recently said that millennials and those darned portable telephones are the reason that his latest film flopped. “I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f*cking cell phones,” explained the director on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

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“The millennian do not ever want to be taught anything unless you are told it on the cell phone. This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. There is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think,” he said, digging himself further and further into the hole. 

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Topics: TV And Film

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