Prometheus director Ridley Scott is to help produce a series of six low-budget horror, sci-fi and thriller films.
Scott, who rose to fame as the director of science fiction classics Alien and Blade Runner, will act as executive producer on the Ridley Scott Presents… series of films, all of which will be shot over a three-year period.
All six movies will be made in association with Northern Irish Screen and each will be filmed primarily in Northern Ireland, using local crews, cast, services and facilities. Focus Features has signed up to handle worldwide distribution of the series.
Ridley Scott said: “Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences. Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give directors the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distribution strategies.”
Focus Features International’s Alison Thompson added: “There’s an appetite and market for high-concept low budget films - that combined with Ridley Scott’s pedigree will be very attractive to international buyers.”
Earlier this month Scott confirmed that he is working on a sequel to Blade Runner during an interview with Metro, in which he said: “It’s not a rumour – it’s happening.
“With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage.”