Classic Directors: Ridley Scott

Quote: “Science fiction is really an opportunity or a stage on which anything goes. The problem is, that’s what tends to happen. I think the genre has become abused, with what are essentially weak ideas and screenplays, which are driven by technology rather than story and character. When I find that [perfect] script, I’ll certainly return to the genre.”
Known as: A stylish visionary, Scott is most renowned for the glossy, conceptualized environments of Alien and Blade Runner. With these visually striking sci-fi landmarks, this former commercial director has influenced Hollywood’s collective vision of our future more than any other filmmaker.
Debut: The Duellists (1977)
Breakthrough: Alien (1979)
Masterpiece: Blade Runner (1982)
Biggest Failures: Legend (1986); 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Overlooked Gem: The Duellists (1977)
Influences: Howard Hawks, Fritz Lang
Disciples: Jake Scott, Tony Scott