It seems the elder statesmen of film are feeling pretty bummed about the medium. It was only last month when the great Martin Scorsese grimly declared that “cinema is gone,” and now another veteran helmer is also sounding the alarm that the art form has seen better days.
“Cinema mainly is pretty bad” director Ridley Scott told Digital Spy, adding that he was “concerned” for the future of film. The filmmaker has certainly managed to keep going in the business, not just due to his reputation, but also by jumping between blockbusters (“The Martian“) and franchises (“Alien: Covenant“), while managing to get stuff like “The Counselor” made. However, Scott will never stoop to director a Marvel or DC movie.
“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing – that’s why I’ve never really done one,” he said. “[I’ve been asked] several times, but I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.”
Instead, he says that something like “Blade Runner” is like a comic strip, and that “you could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a f**king good story, as opposed to no story!” Ooh, sick burn.
“Alien: Covenant” opens on May 19, 2017.