Ridley Scott: Quality TV Is A Problem For Film

Filmmaker Ridley Scott remains one of the busiest men in Hollywood, and one of the few who has fingers squarely in the separate pies of film and television.

Not only did he direct two films last year, and produce at least four more, he also serves as executive producer on numerous TV series including “The Good Fight,” “Taboo,” “Jean Claude Van Johnson” and “The Terror”.

Now, in a new interview with IndieWire, he spoke about the advantages of TV over film these days and is seriously considering following an increasing trend of filmmakers directing a whole season of event television. Asked how he feels about working on TV, he says:

“I really enjoyed it. I love the speed. I like working fast. I would certainly go ahead and do a show. Probably just a pilot, but you know, once you bite off a little bit you want to do the lot. I think doing the lot becomes pretty challenging if you’re doing a limited series. Six would be doable. Ten starts to get rather long.”

In fact Scott says as more and more viewers seek out and revel in all the ridiculous amount of quality series on TV, they’re less likely to go to cinemas:

“There’s so much original, inventive, innovative stuff coming out of television as well. It’s really presenting a big problem for the feature film business.”

Scott himself for example has most recently been bingeing on the series “Killing Eve”: “I just finished a show called ‘Killing Eve.’ Really good. Great writing, but great casting. [Sandra Oh] is fantastic. I love her. She’s got such a great sense of humor and I think the rare psychopath is extraordinary. There’s a dark humor to it all, which is what I really liked.”