Ridley Scott: “Star Wars Made Me Do Alien”

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The renowned director of films ranging from THE DUELISTS to in-the-movie-theaters-now THE MARTIAN reveals that watching STAR WARS [Amazon | iTunes] made him miserable for a week — and changed his future.

On the one hand, it’s amazing how serendipity plays such an important role in filmmaking.

On the other hand, it shouldn’t be.

Read how Scott was so shaken by Star Wars that he immediately changed his mind about what film to do next.

How Star Wars Forced Ridley Scott To Make Alien

Via Cinema Blend:

Making movies is a tough business, but it’s also an artistic endeavor, and, like most such enterprises, inspiration plays an important part in the process. As filmmakers tend to be people who love movies, they also find motivation in the work of others, and Ridley Scott just revealed how Star Wars compelled him to make Alien.

How Star Wars Forced Ridley Scott To Make Alien

Talking to Deadline at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he is hyping his latest space odyssey, The Martian, Scott talked about the first time he saw Star Wars and the transformative impression it left on him. He said:

“I never saw or felt audience participation like that, in my life. The theater was shaking. When that Death Star came in at the beginning, I thought, I can’t possibly do Tristan and Isolde, I have to find something else. By the time the movie was finished, it was so stunning that it made me miserable. That’s the highest compliment I can give it; I was miserable for week. I hadn’t met George at that point, but I thought, Fu*k George. Then, somebody sent me this script called Alien. I said, wow. I’ll do it.”

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Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

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