Sci-fi films are as dead as Westerns, says Ridley Scott

At the Venice Film Festival for a special screening of his seminal noir thriller Blade Runner, Sir Ridley said that science fiction films were going the way the Western once had. “There’s nothing original. We’ve seen it all before. Been there. Done it,” he said. Asked to pick out examples, he said: “All of them. Yes, all of them.”

What a whole lot of bull. While I do not disagree with the fact that studios are not very interested in producing too much sci-fi anymore (especially space-based sci-fi), I do disagree with the notion that “we’ve seen it all before”. We haven’t. We’ve seen everything it can be done with porn, but not with sci-fi. The whole point of sci-fi is to create non-realistic situations and carry you as far as your imagination can go. And some of the stuff we have seen, were not always well-done and can always be made better (e.g. this which I mentioned on the second part of my blog post here).


Phil wrote on August 30th, 2007 at 1:50 PM PST:

The last sci-fi series which I found interesting was Lexx. Much modern sci-fi does seem rather unoriginal, though given the broad range of subjects that can be covered I live in hope that there will always be an exception to the rule.

michael reed wrote on August 30th, 2007 at 1:55 PM PST:

The problem with Ridley Scott is that he did two absolutely great movies (Alien, Blade Runner) and then went on to produce nothing other than mediocre crap from then on.

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