By Jay Hunter – Ridley Scott is back to making headlines in 2017 after a rough few years with critical flops in the form of Robin Hood and Kingdom of Heaven, Scott is returning to the franchises that made him a household name, directing Alien: Covenant and producing Blade Runner 2049.
Hot on the heels of Martin Scorsese stating “cinema is dead”, Scott spoke to Digital Spy about the state of cinema in the 21st Century, in particular, superhero movies:
“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing – that’s why I’ve never really done one… [I’ve been asked] several times, but I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.”
“I’ve done that kind of movie – Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, it’s a dark story told in an unreal world. You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a f**king good story, as opposed to no story!”
Whilst we aren’t massive comic-book fans here at Jump Scare, it would be interesting to see if Scott could put his own stamp on the genre. But on the cusp of two of his biggest titles coming back to the screen he stated his concern with the future of cinema, which in his opinion is “mainly pretty bad”. Finishing up with:
“I want to keep doing cinema and I hope it doesn’t affect those of us who still keep making smart films,” he said. “I’m hoping it doesn’t affect me.”
Alien: Covenant is scheduled for a May 19th release date