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A Tale of Two Filmmakers

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George Lucas and Ridley Scott are responsible for some of the most entertaining and critically acclaimed films ever made. Between them, they are responsible for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow, Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and American Gangster.

Both of the, however, have been involved with a few projects that were not received very well, particularly in the latter part of their careers. More recently, both of them have recently taken actions that have me wonder just what the hell is going on with the two of them?

In mid-2009 it was announced that Ridley Scott was coming back to the franchise he made famous, Alien. After 3 sequels and 2 spinoff movies he had nothing to do with, Scott was returning to the universe the propelled his career to the next level. Originally billed as a prequel, the film went through several transitions (which I wrote about here) and evolved into something of a spinoff.

More recently, it was announced that he would be involved in a new Blade Runner movie. 

The geek inside of me is very excited about these projects. But the realist in me is extremely skeptical. Scott received critical acclaim with Gladiator (2000) and American Gangster (2007). Outside of that, he hasn’t had much success since Blade Runner (1982).

Is he grasping for straws here? Trying to recapture success with already popular franchises? I think we need not look further than George Lucas to know how that goes.

And speaking of Lucas, what the hell?! Why can’t he stop tinkering with his beloved trilogy? People were not happy when he first started doing it in 1997, with the re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy, and they still aren’t happy now. Especially since he’s adding one of the most hated and mocked parts of his very heavily criticized prequels to one of the original films?

Has he gone mad? Is her some obsessive, perfectionist type? Does he enjoy pissing his fans off? I don’t know and frankly I don’t care at this point. What I do know is that this Star Wars fan will not be buying the Blu-ray versions of these films, which is a shame because I would have loved to see them in high-definition.

I’m still hopeful that Ridley’s return to two film franchises he helped create turns out ok. But I can’t help and feel that both he and Lucas are two tired filmmakers who are out of ideas and simply grasping at their former glory.

Written on September 3, 2011.