Ridley Scott, the director of “Blade Runner” and “Alien,” has signed a deal with the gaming and streaming media website Machinima to produce a dozen short sci-fi films that will use filmmakers from Scott’s commercial production company.
The most successful of the short films could be developed into features, Machinima and Scott announced Monday.
Scott will serve as executive producer, and the 12 shorts will be made by directors working for Scott’s advertising concern, Ridley Scott Associates.
Machinima, which says it reaches 262 million viewers monthly, recently started work on a feature-length version of its “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” series.
Scott’s advertising roster includes such heavyweight filmmakers as Kathryn Bigelow, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and Neill Blomkamp.
Scott most recently returned to science fiction himself with last year’s “Prometheus,” which took place in the same universe as his landmark “Alien” and grossed about $400 million worldwide at the box office, even as it left some audiences scratching their heads.
He’s now finishing work on “The Counselor,” a drug trafficking drama starring Brad Pitt due Nov. 15.
“By combining this unique incubation model together with our powerful partnership of established creative talent and scaled distribution to millions on Machinima, we believe new sci-fi franchises will be born,” Allen DeBevoise, Machinima’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.
Added Scott: “With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans.”
— John Horn
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