Director Ridley Scott will be honored with the 30th American Cinematheque award during the organization’s annual benefit gala October 14 at the Beverly Hilton. The event for the iconic director of films including Alien, Blade Runner and most recently last year’s commercial and awards-garnering sci-fi pic The Martian will include in-person tributes from some of Scott’s colleagues and friends.
Scott was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, the group said in announcing the news. Reese Witherspoon was the honoree last year in the annual showcase that is always cream-of-the-crop stop on the honors circuit.
“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year” said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture. From his first feature, The Duelists, to his most recent, The Martian, the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in a style that appeal in equal parts to the eye and to the mind.
“He has indelibly affected our moviegoing consciousness with iconic movies such as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma And Louise, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, just to name a few. In a business where careers burn brightly and then flame out, the pure longevity of his permanent residence in the very top tier of directors is astonishing. Adding to his luster, his production company Scott Free, formed with his brother Tony, has produced a long string of successful movie and television projects. We are thrilled to honor a true modern master.”
Scott of course has his hands in plenty of current film and TV projects after picking up a Best Director Oscar nomination this year for the Matt Damon-starring The Martian — which was surprisingly left out of the Best Picture race (it made $630.1M at the worldwide box office). On the feature side, he is currently directing Alien: Covenant for release in August 2017, and he is exec producing the Blade Runner sequel with Alcon Entertainment. He also is reteaming with 20th Century Fox and Martian scribe Drew Goddard to adapt and direct the S. Craig Zahler novel Wraiths Of The Broken Land, with Goddard writing the script. They are also exec producing that one with Scott Free’s Michael Schaefer, Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.
On the TV side, his Scott Free most recently set up The Terror, an anthology drama series based on the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, at AMC, where the company has a first-look deal. (Under that pact, Scott Free is producing drama Marvel, which is eyeing a straight-to-series order.) Scott Free’s TV series portfolio also included the CBS’ just-wrapped The Good Wife and the upcoming BrainDead, PBS’ Mercy Street, Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle and FX’s Taboo.