Apple signs first-option deal with famed Alien director Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott and his brother are the heads of Scott Free.
A new deal might lead to Ridley Scott and his brother Tony Scott making TV shows for Apple.
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Ridley Scott directed the famous “1984” Mac ad plus many movies, and a new deal might lead to him creating shows for Apple TV+. His production company reportedly signed a first-look deal with the iPhone maker. This means Apple gets the right of first refusal for all projects the prolific director dreams up.

Apple bought the first-look rights to any new creations from Scott’s production company, Scott Free, according to Variety. This doesn’t mean Apple automatically owns any shows this company comes up with. But Scott Free must offer Apple TV+ the opportunity to buy the rights to new projects before it tries to make deals with any rivals, like Netflix or Amazon.

Terms of the deal between Apple and Scott weren’t revealed, but unnamed sources told Variety the there was competition for these first-look rights.

Scott Free creates plenty of great TV

Ridley Scott and his brother Tony Scott worked together to produce a wide range of movies and films. For the small screen, Scott Free created The Good Fight, The Man in the High Castle, Numb3rs and many more. Just a few of the films the production company is responsible for include Thelma & Louise, The Martian, and Murder on the Orient Express.

Separate from his production company, Ridley Scott directed Aliens, Blade Runner, and other classic films.

Apple TV+ is a streaming video service that debuted last fall. It’s attracted some big stars like Stephen Spielberg, Chris Evans, and Jennifer Aniston. Watching any of the shows on Apple TV+requires $4.99 monthly subscription. But anyone who recently bought a new Apple device can enjoy the streaming service free for a year.