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Tony and Ridley Scott want to run MGM

04.09.2010

MGM's financial troubles are no secret in the industry today, and the company has been struggling to find leadership to help bring it back from the brink.

Well, they might have found their saviors in Tony and Ridley Scott, who according the Financial Times, have expressed an interest in contributing cash to MGM and running the studio. Via Deadline:

The assumption is that, if MGM emerges from the busted auction as a stand-alone and restructured company, a new management team will be brought in to run the studio once its fate is determined by creditors. "The Scott brothers have their own production company, Scott Free, but it is unclear whether their proposal would involve combining it with MGM, or if they are seeking a stake in the recapitalized studio. They could not be reached for comment."

How this situation exactly arose is unclear, but it would certainly be good news for MGM if Tony and Sir Ridley jumped onboard. If they signed on, what would you want to see them do with MGM?

Extra Tidbit: I really hope ROBIN HOOD turns out well. I havenít seen a truly excellent Ridley Scott movie now in nearly a decade.

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3:56AM on 04/12/2010

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If they take a sizeable share of the company then it would be great to see them allow more control to the artists instead of the coin counters that studios currently seem to have in charge. Yes, it's a business but it's also an art form and that, in the majority, is forgotten by studios it seems. It could very quickly become the go-to studio for directors if they enforce some changes. One can but dream.
If they take a sizeable share of the company then it would be great to see them allow more control to the artists instead of the coin counters that studios currently seem to have in charge. Yes, it's a business but it's also an art form and that, in the majority, is forgotten by studios it seems. It could very quickly become the go-to studio for directors if they enforce some changes. One can but dream.
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12:02AM on 04/12/2010
id like to see them make a bunch of excellent movies that arent PG13
id like to see them make a bunch of excellent movies that arent PG13
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7:38PM on 04/11/2010

Sir Ridley.......

Have to say Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Kingdom of God, and American Gangster are excellent films, but hey that's just me. Body of Lies was a good film but not quite in the same league as these films.

Hannibal and A Good Year......not so much.
Have to say Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Kingdom of God, and American Gangster are excellent films, but hey that's just me. Body of Lies was a good film but not quite in the same league as these films.

Hannibal and A Good Year......not so much.
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7:34AM on 04/11/2010
Black Hawk Down was "a truly excellent Ridley Scott movie", and he churned out Gladiator less than a year before it. Most good directors are lucky to have 2 excellent films in 20 years, and he had 2 in 2. You deserve to keep waiting for his next one, asshole.
Black Hawk Down was "a truly excellent Ridley Scott movie", and he churned out Gladiator less than a year before it. Most good directors are lucky to have 2 excellent films in 20 years, and he had 2 in 2. You deserve to keep waiting for his next one, asshole.
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6:56AM on 04/10/2010

they should do...

what ever the fuck they want, they are the scott boys after all, they could film dog shit in a parking lot and it still will be compelling. let them run the show.
what ever the fuck they want, they are the scott boys after all, they could film dog shit in a parking lot and it still will be compelling. let them run the show.
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9:54PM on 04/09/2010

BOND

Ridley should direct a Bond film. How amazing would that be?
Also, both brothers could have creative freedom that they both deserve.
Ridley should direct a Bond film. How amazing would that be?
Also, both brothers could have creative freedom that they both deserve.
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9:11PM on 04/09/2010
The directors cut of Kingdom of Heaven is probably the best film he's done (a big statement but I stand by it) and that was released within the past decade.
The directors cut of Kingdom of Heaven is probably the best film he's done (a big statement but I stand by it) and that was released within the past decade.
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10:33PM on 04/10/2010
i'm looking forward too Robin Hood the directors cut.
i'm looking forward too Robin Hood the directors cut.
2:34AM on 04/11/2010
Kingdom of Heaven is one of the worst films Ridley's done. (not a big statement but a fact), but still he had a lot of masterpieces.
And Tony has the greatest visual style in movie history.
Kingdom of Heaven is one of the worst films Ridley's done. (not a big statement but a fact), but still he had a lot of masterpieces.
And Tony has the greatest visual style in movie history.
6:30PM on 04/11/2010
Theatrical Cut was crap, but Director's Cut was way different, and a pretty great film. And Tony Scott, best visual style in movie history ? How many films have you seen ? Four ?
Theatrical Cut was crap, but Director's Cut was way different, and a pretty great film. And Tony Scott, best visual style in movie history ? How many films have you seen ? Four ?
2:57PM on 04/09/2010
MGM is one of my favorite studios.

The Scott brothers are without a doubt two of the best directors we have in the modern age of film making. They both can shoot a tense scene and they know their action.

I would love to see these two takes control of the studio and have movies be made by people with passion, not by studio execs who read the tabloids and follow gossip websites to come up with "ideas."

and a Scott 007 movie, Come on, give the people what they want.
MGM is one of my favorite studios.

The Scott brothers are without a doubt two of the best directors we have in the modern age of film making. They both can shoot a tense scene and they know their action.

I would love to see these two takes control of the studio and have movies be made by people with passion, not by studio execs who read the tabloids and follow gossip websites to come up with "ideas."

and a Scott 007 movie, Come on, give the people what they want.
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2:27PM on 04/09/2010

decent movies

wasn't Black Hawk Down (2001) and Gladiator (2000) any good? I also enjoyed A Good Year (2006)
wasn't Black Hawk Down (2001) and Gladiator (2000) any good? I also enjoyed A Good Year (2006)
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3:09PM on 04/09/2010
Finally, another person who liked a Good year. It's my secret shame that it's actually one of my favourite movies shhhh. ;)
Finally, another person who liked a Good year. It's my secret shame that it's actually one of my favourite movies shhhh. ;)
1:54PM on 04/09/2010
Here's what I'd like to see Ridley Scott do with MGM: make movies that will no longer be butchered by studio notes, since he will now be the one running the studio! This is great news. I hope it's true. And that Ridley will never again have to see another masterpiece ruined by a studio like Fox did with the theatrical cut of Kingdom of Heaven.
Here's what I'd like to see Ridley Scott do with MGM: make movies that will no longer be butchered by studio notes, since he will now be the one running the studio! This is great news. I hope it's true. And that Ridley will never again have to see another masterpiece ruined by a studio like Fox did with the theatrical cut of Kingdom of Heaven.
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1:53PM on 04/09/2010

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Paul, clearly you haven't seen the director's cut of "Kingdom of Heaven," which is far and away better than the overrated "Gladiator."

As for what I would want them to do? Each of them take the helm of the next two James Bond movies.

Paul, clearly you haven't seen the director's cut of "Kingdom of Heaven," which is far and away better than the overrated "Gladiator."

As for what I would want them to do? Each of them take the helm of the next two James Bond movies.
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2:31PM on 04/09/2010
I also personally thought "Hannibal" kicked ass over "The Silence of the Lambs."
I also personally thought "Hannibal" kicked ass over "The Silence of the Lambs."
1:50PM on 04/09/2010
This is great news. I've said before that Tony Scott should do a Bond movie. the man knows action but also can provide a stylish visual flare to it.I would prefer him than Sam Mendes as he's too arty. I don't want art from a Bond movie, i want to be entertained. I hope this all goes ahead. Oh and even an average Didley Squat movie is better then most other Directors.
This is great news. I've said before that Tony Scott should do a Bond movie. the man knows action but also can provide a stylish visual flare to it.I would prefer him than Sam Mendes as he's too arty. I don't want art from a Bond movie, i want to be entertained. I hope this all goes ahead. Oh and even an average Didley Squat movie is better then most other Directors.
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1:38PM on 04/09/2010

MGM needs the Ridley's

Both of them have great sense in storytelling and a knack for epics (MGM once had this as well). I'd like to see another ALIENS film and under the MGM banner won't hurt.
I also have to agree with the folks below me on this forum. I really enjoyed Kingdom of Heaven and Body of Lies which I think is very much underrated (another underrated spy thriller was Traitor starring Don Cheadle but thats a different post entirely)
Both of them have great sense in storytelling and a knack for epics (MGM once had this as well). I'd like to see another ALIENS film and under the MGM banner won't hurt.
I also have to agree with the folks below me on this forum. I really enjoyed Kingdom of Heaven and Body of Lies which I think is very much underrated (another underrated spy thriller was Traitor starring Don Cheadle but thats a different post entirely)
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3:36PM on 04/10/2010
When you say the Ridleys, you mean Scott Ridley and Tony Ridley ??
When you say the Ridleys, you mean Scott Ridley and Tony Ridley ??
12:11PM on 04/09/2010
Extra tidbit: Ridley Scott made his comeback a decade ago. And most of his films in the last ten years have been solid: Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), American Gangster.
Extra tidbit: Ridley Scott made his comeback a decade ago. And most of his films in the last ten years have been solid: Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), American Gangster.
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11:45AM on 04/09/2010

That would be awesome!

If they got a hold of MGM maybe one of them will direct the next James Bond then. It's about time they got a director who is critically acclaimed and known for action and great storytelling. I feel these two being fellow Brits themselves would put together a great Bond movie....
If they got a hold of MGM maybe one of them will direct the next James Bond then. It's about time they got a director who is critically acclaimed and known for action and great storytelling. I feel these two being fellow Brits themselves would put together a great Bond movie....
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11:44AM on 04/09/2010
Whoa there, "Black Hawk Down" and "Matchstick Men" were in the last decade and I thought those were great and it might not be truly excellent, but I'd let "American Gangster" slip in.
Whoa there, "Black Hawk Down" and "Matchstick Men" were in the last decade and I thought those were great and it might not be truly excellent, but I'd let "American Gangster" slip in.
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11:47AM on 04/09/2010
Yeah really and Body of Lies was underrated in my opinion. I think because of the style of films they are known for they are hit or miss for the general public...everyone bitches wanting change yet sometimes it's good to see something consistent and we're comfortable with...
Yeah really and Body of Lies was underrated in my opinion. I think because of the style of films they are known for they are hit or miss for the general public...everyone bitches wanting change yet sometimes it's good to see something consistent and we're comfortable with...
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