Ridley Scott Making TV Directing Debut with Sci-Fi Series ‘Raised by Wolves’

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Filmmaker Ridley Scott is set to make his television directing debut with an upcoming sci-fi series.

Raised by Wolves has been given a straight-to-series order by TNT. The science fiction series will written by Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski, who will also be serving as showrunner and executive producer.

Scott is producing via his Scott Free Productions banner in association with Turner’s Studio T and Madhouse Entertainment, with David W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle) and Jordan Sheehan (The Terror), and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner (Prisoners) and Robyn Meisinger (Prisoners) also on board as executive producers.

Raised by Wolves tells the story of two androids that are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

“I’m always searching for new frontiers in the sci-fi genre and have found a true original in Raised by Wolves—a wholly distinct and imaginative world, full of characters struggling with existential questions: What makes us human? What constitutes a family? And what if we could start over again and erase the mess we’ve made of our planet? Would we survive? Would we do better?” Scott said in a statement. “Given TNT’s impressive run of bold, quality programming, this feels like exactly the right home for this kind of ambitious television.”

Added Guzikowski: “Ridley Scott’s movies have always been a part of my life and a huge inspiration in my work. So getting the opportunity to work with him and TNT on a story that is so near and dear to my heart is truly a dream come true.”

“Ridley Scott is simply the best there is in the sci-fi genre,” Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, said in her statement. “Besides directing some of the most important sci-fi films of all-time, Ridley has created iconic characters from Alien‘s Ripley to Prometheus‘ Elizabeth Shaw. We’re thrilled to have Ridley do the same for us as we look forward to his vision of Aaron’s complex and futuristic Mother. It’s incredibly rare to be able to make television that both challenges one’s intellect and also thrills the excited fangirl side—Raised by Wolves is that rare show that does both.”

TNT appears to be going all in when it comes to competing in the realm of prestige television. The cable network has had success with The Alienist and Animal Kingdom, and has on the horizon the Chris Pine-starring, Patty Jenkins-produced and co-directed series I Am the Night and the series adaptation of sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer.

Stay tuned for more on this intriguing series as it comes to life.

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