Blastr.com reported today that famed movie director Ridley Scott is creating Sci-Fi shows for TNT. TNT is a cable channel that normally does not do Sci-Fi, but it did achieve some success with Falling Skies and The Librarians. Scott is set to help development of an entire evening block of programming. This ranges from hour long shows to shorter formats. Ridley Scott is not new to TV, he has had previous success producing The Man In The High Castle and Halo: Nightfall. Yet the announcement of developing an entire block comes as a surprise and appears reminiscent to the move SyFy Channel made a few years back when they wanted to turn things around. Which I might add, they accomplished.
Scott is of course famous as a movie director: Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Prometheus, The Martian. And right now in the cinema is Alien: Covenant. His credentials as a director and master of science fiction are well earned, and he has been enjoying something of renaissance since The Martian. This is what Scott had to say about the announcement, “Being given the creative license to generate and develop science fiction programming in a variety of formats for TNT is very exciting,” Scott said in a statement. “This genre is one of my favorites, and there are an infinite amount of original and innovative story ideas out there that we are looking forward to exploring with TNT. It is very exciting for all of us.”
Now it is not clear when we can expect the first shows to appear. Likely it will be some time. In the meantime the Alien franchise yet again as fallen into limbo with the cancellation of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, but a sequel to Alien: Covenant is not out of the question. A review of Alien: Covenant is set for Sunday. So stay tuned and tell me what you think of the announcement coming from TNT.