The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
March 2nd, 2016
Episode 115 of 195 episodes
The director Ridley Scott is one ofavery rare species: a director ofinfluential films that have also been commercially successful. His movies have covered a huge range of settings and genres, from “Thelma and Louise”to “Gladiator”and “Black Hawk Down.”But some of his most beloved movies are science fiction. His breakout film, “Alien,”is still scary now, nearly four decadesafter it came out. Scott went on to make another science fiction classic,“Blade Runner,”in 1982. But after that,he mostly stayed away from sci-fi — until "Prometheus,"a prequel to "Alien," came out in 2012. Now Scott is embracing the genre again. In his latest movie, "The Martian,"Matt Damon plays a maroonedastronaut who has to figure out how to survive on Mars. Scott has two more "Alien" prequels in the works, along witha "Blade Runner" sequel. In a special podcast-only edition of Studio 360, Kurt sat down with Scott to talk about sticking to his directorial vision —and how seeing Stanley Kubrick's "2001" in an empty movie theater convinced him to change careers.