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– by Nick Doll

Ridley Scott says Star Trek is responsible for expanding the science fiction genre in film, which gave him the opportunity to return to both the Alien and Blade Runner franchises in recent years.

Though Scott did not direct Blade Runner 2049, he is the executive producer, and while promoting the film’s release, he revealed to Den of Geek that Star Trek is the reason he returned to that franchise and why he was able to make Prometheus and Alien: Covenant:

“You change over time. At that point I had no interest in ever doing a sequel, that’s why I never did a sequel to Alien for another 20 years, and then I thought ‘Do you know what, I’d better go back to this.’ Because I’d done two science fiction [films], Alien and Blade Runner, and I felt that that was it. That’s enough science fiction for a career. And of course, I never realized that the awakening of the science fiction universe, over many, many films, would get so large. You can’t thank Star Wars for that, you can thank, God bless them, Star Trek. You’ve got all that. It’s evolved and made another form of entertainment.”

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So, there you have it. Though Scott has previously credited Star Wars for the look of the original Alien, and the first Blade Runner owes a lot to Star Wars as well (Harrison Ford… cough, cough), Star Trek is responsible for Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, and Blade Runner 2049, whether you like them or not.

Blade Runner 2049 comes out this Friday, October 6, 2017.

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SOURCE: Den of Geek

  • TheOct8pus

    I get his point. Star Trek (live action) has been around since the 60’s, and has influenced tons of sci-fi since then, including Star Wars. I guess if you’re gonna give credit, might as well credit the classics.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    No love for Buck Rogers in the 24th Century?

  • Mad Barchetta

    I’m a little confused…is he suggesting that TOS is what inspired him to revisit sci-fi, or perhaps he means the JJ reboots? Did he just discover Star Trek in the last 5 years or did he need a couple decades to let it sink in?

  • Behemothrex

    No Ridley the audiences have always been up for good Sci-Fi there just hasn’t been much, Star Trek made money because it was decent and has name recognition. I guess it’s too bad that even though you where inspired to make more Sci-Fi you failed to make good Sci-Fi.