TNT Orders Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves Straight to Series
Scott to Direct, Marking his Television Directorial Debut
Sci-fi Series Executive Produced by Scott’s Scott Free Productions
in Association with Studio T and Madhouse Entertainment
Acclaimed Writer Aaron Guzikowski to Serve as Showrunner
LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 8, 2018 – Turner's TNT has greenlit straight to series Raised by Wolves, a serialized sci-fi series from master storyteller and filmmaker Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner, Alien: Covenant), who will also mark his television directorial debut with the series. Acclaimed writer Aaron Guzikowski, the visionary behind the highly lauded film Prisoners, will serve as showrunner as well as a writer. The series is being produced by Scott's Scott Free Productions in association with Turner's Studio T and Madhouse Entertainment, with Scott, Guzikowski, 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) serving as executive producers. The International rights to the series will be distributed through Turner International.
Raised by Wolves centers 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.
“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?” said Ridley Scott. “Given TNT’s impressive run of bold, quality programming, this feels like exactly the right home for this kind of ambitious television.”
One of the world's foremost directors and producers, Scott has directed such films as The Martian, Thelma & Louise, Alien, Black Hawk Down, Blade Runner and Gladiator. Throughout his illustrious career, Scott has been lauded with Emmys®, Producers Guild of America Awards and Directors Guild of America Awards. Scott serves as head of RSA and Scott Free Productions.
“Ridley Scott is simply the best there is in the sci-fi genre," said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. "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.”
"Ridley Scott’s movies have always been a part of my life and a huge inspiration in my work,” said Aaron Guzikowski. “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."
The project marks Scott’s return to the network. He served as executive producer on TNT’s award-winning CIA miniseries The Company in 2007. Scott joins acclaimed film director and executive producer Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), who is producing the upcoming suspense limited series, I Am the Night, this January, as well as futuristic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer (showrunner Graeme Manson) and the morally-complex drama Tell Me Your Secrets (Bruna Papandrea, Harriet Warner), which are scheduled for summer 2019.
TNT is basic cable's #1 network in primetime with young adults and is home to one of cable's most popular slates of original series, including The Alienist, Animal Kingdom, Claws, the upcoming I Am the Night, Snowpiercer, Tell Me Your Secrets and The Angel of Darkness. TNT also presents popular shows such as Arrow, Supernatural, Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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About Scott Free Productions
Scott Free Television is the television production company of acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott. In the 20 years since Scott Free was formed, the company has earned over 100 Emmy nominations with 22 wins, and 28 Golden Globe nominations for its television projects. Current productions include the fourth season of Amazon’s flagship drama, “The Man in the High Castle”; season three of “The Good Fight,” the critically-acclaimed CBS All Access spin-off of “The Good Wife”; a second season of the triumphant AMC historical anthology series “The Terror”; National Geographic’s limited series “The Hot Zone,” based on the Richard Preston book about the origins of the Ebola virus, starring Julianna Margulies; the forthcoming Fox drama “The Passage,” based on Justin Cronin’s postapocalyptic trilogy; and the eponymous series adaptation of George Pendle’s book “Strange Angel,” on CBS All Access.
Other hailed Scott Free productions include the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated, Peabody-winning drama, “The Good Wife,” which ran on CBS for seven seasons; two seasons of the esteemed PBS Civil War medical drama, “Mercy Street;” “Numb3rs,” which ran for six successful seasons on CBS; and the acclaimed Emmy-nominated National Geographic channel series of “Killing” telefilms: “Killing Jesus” “Killing Kennedy” “Killing Reagan” and the docudrama “Killing Lincoln.” Notable long form programs include “Klondike” for Discovery; the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “The Pillars of the Earth” for Starz; “World Without End” for Reelz; Emmy-nominated “Into the Storm” for HBO; Emmy-nominated “The Andromeda Strain” and “Coma” for A&E; the Golden Globe-nominated “The Company” at TNT; and a feature-length digital series for X-Box/Microsoft, “Halo: Nightfall.” Acclaimed non-fiction programs include CNN’s “Crimes of the Century;” and longform documentaries such as the Emmy-winning special “Gettysburg” for History Channel; Hulu’s “Re: Generation Music Project,” directed by Amir Bar-Lev; “I Am Dying,” directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin for National Geographic; and Apple’s “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” directed by Chris Perkel, which opened the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
With offices in Los Angeles and London, Scott Free works closely with RSA Films, one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial production houses.
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