So Ridley Scott isn’t slowing down, and he’s now adding mentor to his list of hyphenates. Focus Features International and Scott Free London have reached a deal that will see Sir Ridley oversee a slate of at least six low-budget features of the “horror, thriller, and sci-fi” variety over three years.
For added cultural bonus, the films will be produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen Commission, a government agency that supports the creation of Irish film and TV shows. So the films being produced as part of this deal will also do their share of promoting the creativity of the Irish.
“Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences,” said Scott in a press release. “Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies.”
It’s a model that’s worked for other countries who have used low budget films, particularly horror films, to promote their own national film cultures on the international stage. Spain’s [REC] series of films are a primary example.
More news as it develops.