Great Scott! Too smart for the su­per­hero genre

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DI­REC­TOR Ri­d­ley Scott has re­vealed he has turned down of­fers to di­rect su­per­hero movies on “sev­eral” oc­ca­sions be­cause he doesn’t like the genre.

The le­gendary 79-year-old di­rec­tor – who is fa­mous for his epic sci-fi films Alien,

Blade Run­ner and The Mar­tian – is not keen to use his tal­ents on a film for Marvel or DC En­ter­tain­ment as he has ad­mit­ted he has turned down the chance of work­ing on a comic book block­buster “sev­eral times”.

In an in­ter­view with Dig­i­tal Spy, he said: “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 tightrope of the non-re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion of the su­per­hero.” Scott be­lieves his 1982 cult clas­sic Blade

Run­ner, which starred Har­ri­son Ford as rogue an­droid hunter Deckard and is based on Philip K Dick’s novel, Do An­droids

Dream of Elec­tric Sheep?, is stylis­ti­cally the movie he has made which is clos­est to a comic strip. Hence, he is cer­tain he could make a great su­per­hero flick if he wanted to. He said: “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, ex­cept I’d have a good story as op­posed to no story!”

Although he is ap­proach­ing his 80th birth­day, Scott has no in­ten­tion of step­ping away from the movie busi­ness and this year he has Prometheus se­quel Alien: Covenant com­ing out in May and has worked as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on Blade Run­ner 2049, a fol­low-up which hits cin­e­mas in Oc­to­ber.

He openly ad­mit­ted he does have con­cerns about the fu­ture of film in­dus­try.

He said: “I want to keep do­ing cinema and hope it doesn’t af­fect those of us who still keep mak­ing smart films. I’m hop­ing it doesn’t af­fect me.”


CUT­TING EDGE: Ri­d­ley Scott

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