Ridley Scott, who has been no stranger to digital content for the past several years, has signed a deal with Machinima to produce 12 short sci-fi films. He's 75 years old, but Scott has been all over the digital space with "Life in a Day," the Your Film Festival, and Call of Duty's web series, not to mention being one of the first ones there back in 2002 with BMW's "The Hire." Machinima continues to try to be a one-stop source for premium content. It's been doing this with web series like Mortal Kombat and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, bringing high-quality entertainment to YouTube.
Machinima and Ridley Scott: A Perfect Match
Since Ridley Scott has been around for a long time and known best for his sci-fi films Alien, Blade Runner, and Prometheus, his expertise in the realm of the sci-fi/action genre has clout. The genre works like magic with Machinima, which has been a mega-network for video game enthusiasts and clocks in at over 4 billion views, not to mention its large network of other channels which also rake in tons of interest.
The deal is with Scott's production company RSA, which boasts over 80 filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow, Neill Blomkamp, and Martin Scorsese. The idea is that Scott will approach these filmmakers and see if anyone has a sci-fi story they've been itching to tell and haven't been able to for whatever reason. Can you imagine if Scorsese made a sci-fi short for Machinima? I think the internet might burn down. But I won't hold my breath on that one.
Scott himself will not be directing any of these, instead he will function as an executive producer. It will be fun to see if any big names are attracted to this, and see what comes out of it.