It's barely been two weeks since we learned that Ridley Scott is hard at work on "Prometheus 2" and frankly, just the idea of that movie exhausts us. But it appears that the 75-year-old director has more energy than we do, because according BuzzFeed, Scott has announced that he will be teaming up with the online content provider Machinima to produce 12 all-new, all-original sci-fi short films for distribution on their YouTube channel.
In space, no on can hear you hit the "like" button.
And it won't just be sci-fi master Scott himself turning out these new viral sci-fi sensations. Scott's production company, Ridley Scott and Associates, also has ties to such top notch talents as Kathryn Bigelow, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and Neil Blomkamp. And for RSA president Jules Daly, the idea of getting the world's best directors to create YouTube clips is a match made in heaven.
"There is a plethora of great talent here and sometimes they don’t have a platform for great ideas that would work well in shorts," Daly said. "It could be an established director wanting to try something new, or a brilliant young director from Sweden who surprises us. This is the future, it’s new territory we believe we must investigate."
Scott, of course, agrees.
"RSA has always been at the forefront of creating innovative work," the legendary director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner" said. "With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans. It’s a tremendous opportunity for pushing the creative boundaries for both our filmmakers and the audience."
All we can say is, look out, funny cat videos. Because sh*t is about to get very, very real on YouTube.