– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I think deep down, I feel like we all know the way Marvel and Lucasfilm have been doing their films is a bit odd. The old tried-and-true way to do it would be either to get a filmmaker who has slowly risen in the budgetary ranks for the past decade, but instead the studios are all too happy to pluck someone up from indie film obscurity, give them $150 million, and surround them with the best and most experienced people.

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It’s a bit counterintuitive, has the potential for disaster, but has served the studios well (mostly, at least). One filmmaker who doesn’t think this to be a sensible approach is experienced director Ridley Scott. When asked by Vulture whether or not he’d ever helm a Star Wars flick, Scott said:

“No, no. I’m too dangerous for that. Because I know what I’m doing. I think they like to be in control, and I like to be in control myself. When you get a guy who’s done a low-budget movie and you suddenly give him $180 million, it makes no sense whatsoever. It’s f**kin’ stupid. You know what the reshoots cost? Millions! Millions. You can get me for my fee, which is heavy, but I’ll be under budget and on time. This is where experience does matter, it’s as simple as that! It can make you dull as dishwater, but if you’re really experienced and you know what you’re doing, it’s f**king essential. Grow into it, little by little. Start low-budget, get a little bit bigger, maybe after $20 million, you can go to $80. But don’t suddenly go to $160.”

Clearly, Scott isn’t one to mince words, but that’s not to say he’s wrong, or completely right. As mentioned above, it is pretty counterintuitive, but Marvel has managed to make it work incredibly well for them, for better or worse. While it may be great for them, something that is often lost is the steady hand and polish that comes with an experienced helmer. Just look at something like The Martian, and it’s easy to see what Scott means by experience mattering.

What do you think of Scott’s statement? Do you agree with him? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Vulture

  • Lenin1959

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  • SaiyanHeretic

    Alien: Covenant had a $97M budget. It was hot garbage. Before that, Exodus: Gods and Kings. $140M budget. Also garbage. Prometheus, $120M+ budget, garbage. ROBIN HOOD. TWO HUNDRED FUCKING MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET. GAR. BAGE.

    Ridley Scott’s head is shoved so far up his own ass that he’s getting high on his farts.

    • M@rvel

      You are so right lol. Trash after trash after trash

    • axebox

      The Martian was a success, and so was Prometheus. I wouldn’t call either garbage. Covenant wasn’t garbage either, it was a good Alien movie in it’s own right, if not a bit derivative. I agree about Exodus, though, and holding Ridley’s films in the same light is a bit unfair. The dude made several classics all in a row, and another classic (Gladiator) some time after that. Since then, he’s made above average films, but certainly not shitty movies.

    • Aaron James

      Yeah, I think Scott’s instincts are way off these days. The original script for Prometheus is available online. It’s called Alien: Engineers. The dialogue is a bit wooden, probably needed punching up. But the actual movie was great. Fans of the Alien franchise would have adored it.

      But Scott decided that he didn’t want xenomorphs in the film, and had it rewritten. That’s why so much of Prometheus doesn’t make sense, because it was built around xenomorphs, and removing them left all these plot holes.

      Robin Hood was also a movie with a great script. There was a bidding war between the studios for it. It was originally called “Nottingham” and the Sheriff of Nottingham was the main character. But once Scott got attached, he decided he wanted to make a traditional Robin Hood movie and had the script completely rewritten. The writer has actually talked about this. He’s upset that his movie will never be made now, because as far as Hollywood is concerned, it HAS been made. It just got made into a movie that contained none of his original plot or dialogue.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Rian Johnson is to Star Wars what Ridley became to the Alien franchise, yet one gets praise while the other is rightfully shat on.
    The Mouse is quite powerful.

    • axebox

      Rian made the best Star Wars film since at least Return of the Jedi. I don’t understand the Rogue One love – that was an incredibly dull film with lots and lots of problems. Almost like the director didn’t know what he was doing.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.