5 Ways Ridley Scott Is The New George Lucas

5. Relentless Attachment To Their Successes

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With both directors, it’s simply a case of not letting go.

For whatever reason, the once avant-garde George Lucas stopped directing original movies after Star Wars, opting instead to exploit the franchise through merchandise and countless re-releases. He ultimately returned to directing in the 90s for the long-awaited prequel trilogy, before going into semi-retirement yet again.

When looking at THX-1138 or his early student work, it’s clear that Lucas is an interesting director with some far-out ideas. Where the immense success of Star Wars should have given him the freedom to flourish as a filmmaker, it instead gripped him in a creative vice and never let go.

While Lucas’ case is far more tragic, Scott’s growing obsession with serialisation rings similar bells. Inexplicably hell-bent on directing endless entries to the Alien series, as well as threatening a Blade Runner franchise and a shared universe between the two, it’s unfortunate that he will have less time for other ventures in the foreseeable future.

The prospect of franchising also devalues them in a way. Words that we would once use to describe Lucas and Scott (innovative, unique, intriguing, good) do not necessarily come to mind when we hear them hawking elaborate plans for unnecessary sequels. This maybe the name of the game in Hollywood these days, but in terms of potential, these two filmmakers are far above and beyond that.

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