Legendary director Ridley Scott has described himself as being “too dangerous” to be chosen to direct a Star Wars film.
Scott has been behind some of cinema’s most iconic pictures, one of which, Blade Runner, has recently spawned a sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve.
In an interview with Vulture, Scott commented on Blade Runner 2049’s box office performance (Scott says its way too long), his love of Netflix’s Mindhunter, and he was also asked if he had ever been offered the chance to direct a Star Wars film. Scott replied: “No, no. I’m too dangerous for that.”
When asked to elaborate on what makes him too dangerous for the job, Scott said: “Because I know what I’m doing. [Laughs.] 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 fuckin’ stupid. You know what the reshoots cost?”
Speaking further on the subject and on the importance of experience, Scott said:
“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 fucking 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.”