Per Variety, Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Alien) and Scott Free London have pacted with Focus Features International and Orchard Media to produce low-budget genre films. The deal will see Scott exec produce a slate of six horror, thriller and sci-fi features over three years. Focus will handle worldwide sales on the projects. Produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen, the films will use primarily Northern Ireland locations, crew, cast and services for primary shooting.
“Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences,” said Scott. “Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies.”
This could be pretty cool, but we’ll see. Scott has always excelled at broad canvas epics, as a producer will he be able to wrangle unique visions on a smaller economic model?