You read that right – Ridley Scott has signed on with online video outlet Machinima to develop 12 new sci-fi shorts, with potential for some or all of the projects to evolve into feature length films.
Machinima is best known for sci-fi shorts Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. Those three projects were big, but inking a deal with Scott is huge.
Neither side has announced exactly what the shorts could entail, but the idea seems to be an “incubator” for new ideas that Scott might not have had a chance to try out on the big screen. It’s also possible Scott could partner with young sci-fi filmmakers to help develop new talent around the genre.
Scott seemed pretty excited about the deal, saying it would give him a chance to deliver on some new concepts in a new medium:
“[Ridley Scott and Associates] has always been at the forefront of creating innovative work. With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans. It’s a tremendous opportunity for pushing the creative boundaries for both our filmmakers and the audience.”