Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ridley Scott Sez:
The Sci-Fi Genre Is Dead

As reported by Times Online:

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.”

All of them?

Scott went on to say that no science fiction movie was ever better than Stanley Kubrick's "2001."

I can kinda see where he's coming from. But to discount "The Matrix" as not being original? I dunno.

Also, I kinda hate when directors who are well-known for a particular genre movie publically announce that all other subsequent movies in that genre are unoriginal. I mean, that's rather conveeeenient. Where's the love, Ridley?

Also, reports of the Western's death has been rather premature.


  1. You know what else is dead? Musicals. And Romantic Comedies. But we definitely need more Musical Romantic Comedies... SET IN SPAAAAAACE!

    Oh, and 3:10 to Yuma is gonna rock.

  2. This is like what they told us in art school. Everything has been done, what are tying to do re-invent the wheel? In the end all that matters is how personal you can make it and how good it is. Ridley should talk, Bladerunner is not a derivative of anything? ha.

  3. oh come on, I agree that Scott is being melodramatic but The Matrix has to be one of the LEAST original movies you could have chosen. It rips off nearly everything in the genre!

    What's really dead, sadly, is Vaudville.

  4. I thought it was PC gaming that was dead. Damn! Turn your attention away from the Internet for one moment and everything changes!

  5. Vaudville ain't dead, it's just on youtube. Anyhow, fuck people with blanket opinions like that. Plus: I don't care what you want to say, the gay western is a landmark in the genre.

  6. Every genre is dead, but not every genre is shambling with the same amount of undead vigour.