He’s done dystopian and horror sci-fi, historical and Biblical epics, contemporary thrillers, fantasy, action, and comedy both light and dark. Yet one kind of film that director Ridley Scott has yet to tackle is also the most popular one at the box-office these days – a comic book adaptation.
Even as a producer, in which he has spread into even more genres, he has yet to be involved in any project based on a comic. Nor are they something too low-brow for him either, after all Scott just produced a digital series based on a video game franchise. Speaking with IGN, Scott has explained why it has not only not happened but isn’t likely to happen either:
“I’ve had a lot of opportunities and I tend not to do that. They’re the hardest single thing to write. Taking a comic strip character is very hard to write. Because comics are meant to work in one page, to work in frames with minimalistic dialogue. And a lot of it is left to the imagination of the reader. To do that in film you’ve got to be a little more explanatory. And that requires a good screenplay and good dialogue.”
74-year-old Scott remains incredibly busy, the director’s next will be an adaptation of the sci-fi novel “The Martian” and sequels to both “Prometheus” and “Blade Runner”. His “Exodus: Gods and Kings” hits cinemas this week.