Ridley Scott is Going to Television
TNT jumps at the opportunity to produce 'Raised by Wolves' with Scott to bring a familiar flare to television science fiction.
Having to compete with prime cable networks, such as HBO or Showtime, can’t be easy—especially when it’s the rise of the online streaming era. TNT adapts to survive in the television market by buying out the competition. Whenever an opportunity arises for the network to grow, it rushes to place an offer. From acquiring blockbusters to buying the streaming rights of the UEFA Champions League, TNT has been covering all of its bases. Now, the network has demanded a straight-to-series order of Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves just this week.
Ridley Scott is excited to share his vision and bring his directorial trademarks into the world of television.
At first glance, Raised by Wolves resembles a contemporary retelling of Mowgli’s origin, a boy raised by hostile creatures in the jungle. However, like the human species, stories evolve. Diving into the barren landscape of the future, Raised by Wolves places young children in the care of two androids as tensions in human colonies start to fracture relationships. The show will contain allegorical elements that explore religious conflict, violence, and technological innovation.
Similar to the current international conflicts of today, the show will question how religion can destroy unity. Whenever an idea or belief sprouts radicalism, it becomes a danger to not only oneself, but others around them. The call for change suddenly sparks hostility and irrationality. Ridley Scott hopes to project these concerns through his futuristic setting. This pattern doesn’t particularly arise from religion; it can be seen whenever someone with power exploits it. This show is not meant to challenge or single out the authority of religious institutions. Instead, it strives to advocate for open-mindedness from all groups towards each other in order to conserve the humanity that still exists today.
A humanity that can be destroyed with the conquest of technology.
The science fiction genre is a creative avenue, which is perfect to evoke change within a society. It not only entertains audiences with their action-based plots, but it materializes futuristic ideas. Like learning from history’s mistakes, science fiction projects warnings and hopes—and society constantly moves forward. The rapid industrial and technological innovations propel the world to make leaps into progress both purposefully and accidentally.
What’s frightening is that little is known about the currents effects of technology. These effects can come back to desensitize and harm communities as certain struggles become tied with machines and power. Black Mirror reveals terrifying depictions of what happens when advancements suddenly overwhelm humanity. Its fear is real because traces of each episode can be seen in real time. Scott, a visionary with a love for science fiction, will have the potential to create the same eerie sensation with Raised by Wolves.
The Alien director hopes that people find his story and characters compelling and educational. He not only wants to entrance people with stunning visuals and effects, but he encourages audiences to ponder the show’s themes. Some include: the characteristics of a family, the capabilities of artificial intelligence, and starting over. The series will explore a world where humans are given a second chance.
Will people cooperate and work together? …Or will individuals reach for absolute control and make the same mistakes?
Raised by Wolves will be written by Aaron Guzikowski, and Scott Free Productions, Studio T, and Madhouse Entertainment will combine to make this show a reality. TNT executives have reason to be excited about adding this show to their repertoire. After all, it’s not every day that a contemporary science fiction pioneer will spearhead your production.