Ridley Scott, famed director of not one, but two certifiable sci-fi hits (Alien and Blade Runner) said at the Venice Film Festival that science fiction films are riding off into the sunset:

“There’s nothing original. We’ve seen it all before. Been there. Done it,” he said. Asked to pick out examples, he said: “All of them. Yes, all of them.”

Strong words coming from the man who directed the most popular sci-fi film of all time. (Sigh.) He also says that no film can surpass Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Talking about Blade Runner, which sees life again on DVD as a “Final Cut” 25 years after its original release, Scott says there were “too many cooks in the kitchen.”

I put the question to our readers: Are sci-fi films dead?

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