Having set M. Night Shyamalan to curate a horror programming block, complete with a relaunch of the anthology series Tales from the Crypt, TNT has now turned to Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop a night of original sci-fi programming, which Deadline reports will serve as a showcase for hourlong series, shortform programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with the legendary filmmaker.
“Being given the creative license to generate and develop science fiction programming in a variety of formats for TNT is very exciting,” said Scott. “This genre is one of my favorites, and there are an infinite amount of original and innovative story ideas out there that we are looking forward to exploring with TNT. It is very exciting for all of us.”
“We’re looking to create a programming block filled with the kind of imaginative, awe-inspiring storytelling that has made science fiction such a beloved and enduring genre,” added Sarah Aubrey, EVP Original Programming at TNT. “Ridley Scott has created some of the best and most popular science-fiction movies of all time, and we look forward to bringing his fans even more of his smart, sophisticated stories.”
Scott’s latest sci-f Alien: Covenant is out now in cinemas, while he also returns as executive producer on Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel to his 1982 sci-fi masterpiece.