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Exclusive: Ridley Scott eyes more int’l TV projects

Renowned film director Ridley Scott, speaking exclusively to TBI, says that he is looking to produce more international television projects following the success of The Pillars of the Earth.

The British director, who has helmed films including Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator, produced the eight part miniseries through Scott Free Productions in association with German producer and distributor Tandem Communications.

The show aired on Starz in the United States and Channel 4 in the UK and has also been sold to broadcasters across the world.

“I think it’s a great model,” he said. “We’re doing the second [Ken Follett] book World Without End and we’re also working on Pompeii.”

Scott, who was speaking to TBI from Pinewood Studios where he was prepping sets for the new Alien prequel that he is directing, is also working on an adaptation of British novel Blood Red Road, written by Moira Young, with French broadcaster TF1.

“We seem to be turning into the bloody History Channel,” he joked.

* To read the full interview with Ridley Scott pick up the January issue of TBI Magazine, which is published next week.