The new straight-to-series order marks Ridley’s directorial debut for a US television series.
Ridley Scott has officially been confirmed to direct the TNT network’s upcoming sci-fi drama Raised by Wolves, a story centered upon two androids 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.
Though Ridley has directed a number of British television series at the start of his career in the early ’60s, this straight-to-series order marks the first time Ridley has ever taken the director’s chair for television series in the United States!
“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” said Ridley in the official press release. “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?” He adds, “Given TNT’s impressive run of bold, quality programming, this feels like exactly the right home for this kind of ambitious television.”
Executive vice president of original programming for TNT, Sarah Aubrey, adds:
“Ridley Scott is simply the best there is in the sci-fi genre. 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.”
The new series is set to be produced by Scott Free Productions in association with Turner’s Studio T and Madhouse Entertainment. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) will serve as both showrunner and as a writer for the series with Ridley, Guzikowski, David W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle), Jordan Sheehan (The Terror), and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner (Prisoners) and Robyn Meisinger (Prisoners) as executive producers.